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BY HISTORY OF THE ANCIENT WORLD – POSTED ON JULY 26, 2015 POSTED IN: ARTICLES Rethinking the Plague of Cyprian: Pandemics and Passages to Late Antiquity By Kyle Harper Journal of Roman Archaeology – forthcoming (2015) Introduction: Pandemic events are surpassingly rare in human history. Yet the period we know as late antiquity could be… Read More


Khaled al-Asaad, the archaeologist who has reportedly been killed by Islamic State militants, had a lifelong connection to the town, having been born into a prominent family in the area in 1934. Although curating the ruins at the Unesco World Heritage site would become his life’s work and he had a degree in history from… Read More


JANUARY 2, 2015 BY EARLY MODERN ENGLAND   Shakespeare’s religious beliefs are the subject of an ongoing scholarly debate. In 1616, the year Shakespeare died, the Jesuit press at the College of St. Omer—then in the Spanish Flanders but now in France—published an edition of poems by the Jesuit martyr Robert Southwell in which the… Read More


Just as we do today, people in the medieval period worried about their health and what they might do to ward off sickness, or alleviate symptoms if they did fall ill. Here, historian Toni Mount reveals some of the most unusual remedies commonly used… Monday 20th April 2015 Submitted by: Emma McFarnon Medicines in the… Read More


By Charles Q. Choi, Live Science Contributor   |   August 20, 2014 01:02pm ET   Neanderthals went extinct in Europe about 40,000 years ago, giving them millennia to coexist with modern humans culturally and sexually, new findings suggest. This research also suggests that modern humans did not cause Neanderthals to rapidly go extinct, as some researchers have… Read More


The Lost Cycle of Time – Part 1 28 March, 2014 – 01:58 walter Ancient cultures around the world spoke of a vast cycle of time with alternating Dark and Golden Ages; Plato called it the Great Year. Most of us were taught that this cycle was just a myth, a fairytale, if we were taught… Read More

King Rollo

Digital vector art by Charles Cranston. By Susan Abernethy As I wrote in an earlier post about testing my family DNA, it was revealed that on the patrimonial side, my ancestry was about ninety percent Nordic Viking. This was a bit of a shock as the family history always stressed our ancestors were from Ireland and… Read More


Owen Jarus, LiveScience Contributor   |   May 15, 2013 02:49pm ET   Sparta is a city in Laconia, on the Peloponnese in Greece. In antiquity, it was a powerful city-state with a famous martial tradition. Ancient writers sometimes referred to it as Lacedaemon and its people as Lacedaemonians. Sparta reached the height of its power in… Read More

Nina, Pinta, and the Santa Maria

By Zachary Fagenson Reuters 7:33 p.m. CDT, May 13, 2014 MIAMI (Reuters) – A shipwreck found off the north coast of Haiti could be the 500-year-old remains of the Santa Maria, which led Christopher Columbus’€™ famed voyage to the New World, according to a team of marine explorers. “All the geographical, underwater topography and archaeological… Read More