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Hellenistic Period
Definitionby Antoine Simonin

Hellenistic Period

The Hellenistic Period is a part of the Ancient Period for the European and Near Asian space. The use of this period is justified by the extent of the Hellenic culture in most of these areas, due to the Greek political presence especially...
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Articleby James Lloyd

To what extent is Polybius our best guide to Hellenistic history?

EDIT TEST To call Polybius our best guide to Hellenistic history might be misleading for a few reasons. Firstly, Polybius' Histories are by no means perfect; for a start, as they have come down to us they are incomplete. To term it 'the...
Hypatia of Alexandria: The Female Mathematician, Astronomer and Philosopher
Videoby Kelly Macquire

Hypatia of Alexandria: The Female Mathematician, Astronomer and Philosopher

Hypatia of Alexandria was a mathematician, astronomer, Neoplatonist philosopher and professor at the University of Alexandria, Egypt. We actually don’t know that much about her life but her death is well-documented. Hypatia was born in 370...
Lighthouse of Alexandria, Reconstructed
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Lighthouse of Alexandria, Reconstructed

The Lighthouse of Alexandria was the first of its kind, created in 280 BCE. The lighthouse used a mirror to reflect the light up to 35 miles out to sea. By day, it used the light of the sun, by night it used a massive fire. It is one of the...
Menelaus of Alexandria
Definitionby Mark Cartwright

Menelaus of Alexandria

Menelaus of Alexandria was a Greek astronomer, scientist, and mathematician who lived around 100 CE. Menelaus made a significant and lasting contribution to the fields of astronomy, geometry, and trigonometry. His major work, the Spherics...
Religious Developments in Ancient India
Articleby Sanujit

Religious Developments in Ancient India

For well over 1,000 years, sacred stories and heroic epics have made up the mythology of Hinduism. Nothing in these complex yet colourful legends is fixed and firm. Pulsing with creation, destruction, love, and war, it shifts and changes...
Silver Tetradrachm of Demetrius I of Macedon
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Silver Tetradrachm of Demetrius I of Macedon

Silver tetradrachm from Macedonia, reign of Demetrius I of Macedon, 306-283 BCE. O: Nike blowing a trumpet on a ship's brow. R: Poseidon with trident. The coin was minted to commemorate Demetrius' victory over Ptolemy I at Salamis near Cyprus...
The Athenian Calendar
Articleby Christopher Planeaux

The Athenian Calendar

The term “Athenian Calendar” (also called the “Attic Calendar”) has become somewhat of a misnomer, since Ancient Athenians never really used just one method to reckon the passage of time. Athenians, especially from the 3rd Century BCE forward...
The Celtic Invasion of Greece
Articleby Jeffrey King

The Celtic Invasion of Greece

Between the 5th and 4th centuries BCE, Celtic tribes moved en masse into southern Europe, intent on seizing land and wealth to feed their swelling numbers. As these tribes began crossing the Alps, they came into conflict with the Romans and...
Ai Khanum, the Capital of Eucratides
Articleby Antoine Simonin

Ai Khanum, the Capital of Eucratides

Ai Khanum (also spelled Ai-Khanoum or Ay-Khanum, lit. “Lady Moon” in Uzbek), was founded in the 4th century BC, following the conquests of Alexander the Great and was one of the primary cities of the Greco-Bactrian kingdom...
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