Ghost Stories from the Ancient World

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Kelly Macquire
published on 02 November 2021
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Who doesn't love a good ghost story, especially during the spooky season and Halloween? Well, the belief in an afterlife was a common feature in all historical civilisations in the ancient world and this encouraged the belief in ghosts as the spirits of the departed who had returned to the realm of the living for one reason or another. This means that there are many stories from around the ancient world that are all about ghosts, so stick around if you want to hear about Khonsemhab and the Ghost from Ancient Egypt, The tale of Ning Caicheng from China and La Llorona from Mexico. We will tell you all about the haunted Bhangarh Fort from India, the tale of Athenodorus and his ghost, and Tlepolemus' Ghost where a lover gets her revenge.

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About the Author

Kelly Macquire
Kelly is a graduate from Monash University who has recently completed her BA (Honours) in Ancient History and Archaeology, focussing on iconography and status in Pylos burials. She has a passion for mythology and the Aegean Bronze Age.

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APA Style

Macquire, K. (2021, November 02). Ghost Stories from the Ancient World. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

Chicago Style

Macquire, Kelly. "Ghost Stories from the Ancient World." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified November 02, 2021.

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Macquire, Kelly. "Ghost Stories from the Ancient World." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 02 Nov 2021. Web. 03 Dec 2021.