The Plantagenets, sometimes referred to as the Angevin-Plantagenets, were the ruling dynasty of England from 1154 to 1485 CE. The name Angevin derives from the family's ancestral lands in Anjou, France and the term Plantagenet (perhaps) from...
The Ptolemaic dynasty controlled Egypt for almost three centuries (305 – 30 BCE), eventually falling to the Romans. Oddly, while they ruled Egypt, they never became Egyptian. Instead, they isolated themselves in the capital city of Alexandria...
Between Alexander & Rome: The Hellenistic Period
The Hellenistic Period refers to the time between the death of Alexander the Great (323 BCE) and the rise of the Roman Empire (32 BCE) in which Greek culture spread throughout the Mediterranean and Near East. Beginning with a series of conflicts...
Sparta was one of the most important city-states in ancient Greece and was famous for its military prowess. The professional and well-trained Spartan hoplites with their distinctive red cloaks and long hair were probably the best and most...
Map of the Peloponnesian Wars (431-404 BCE)
This map shows Greece, Asia Minor and Sicily during the Peloponnesian Wars. The main powers of Athens, Sparta and their allies, as well as Achaemenid Persia and neutral states, are highlighted. Key battles are indicated by an X and military...
This artistic 3D scene shows how fighting between the Roman and the Gauls may have looked during Julius Caesar's campaigns in Gaul (58 to 50 BCE).
Antioch or Antiochia was an ancient city located on the Orontes River near the Amanus Mountains in Syria. The “land of four cities” - Seleucia, Apamea, Laodicea, and Antiochia - was founded by Seleucus I Nicator (Victor) between...
Defence of Busanjin Fortress, Imjin Wars
An 18th century CE painted scroll showing the defence of Busanjin Fortress during the Japanese invasions of Korea between 1592 and 1598 CE, otherwise known as the ‘Imjin Wars.’
Achaemenid Kings List & Commentary
The Achaemenid Empire (c. 550-330 BCE) was the first great Persian political entity in Western and Central Asia which stretched, at its peak, from Asia Minor to the Indus Valley and Mesopotamia through Egypt. It was founded by Cyrus II (the...
The Crusades: A Brief History of the Medieval Religious Wars
This video will give you a brief, yet detailed history of the Medieval religious wars known as the Crusades, beginning at the first crusade with the people's crusade led by Peter the Hermit, and working our way to the final official crusade...