16 Ancient Civilizations: A Timeline of the Oldest Known Human Settlements

Ancient Civilizations

I had the pleasure of getting to spend time with my great-grandma when I was just a young kid. I have a vivid memory of studying the deep lines carved into her face as I dribbled a strawberry down the front of my sweater, and concluding, with all the hard-earned wisdom my 4 year old …

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Ancient Sparta: The History of the Spartans

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Ancient Sparta is one of the most well-known cities in Classical Greece. Known for its highly-skilled warriors, elitist society, and its reverence for stoicism, people today still look to the Spartans as model citizens in an idealist ancient society. Yet, as it often the case, many of the perceptions we have of Ancient Sparta are …

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The History of Salt in Ancient Civilizations

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Life itself depends on salt, and people in early civilizations went to great lengths to acquire it. It was, and still is, used to preserve and season food, and it is important in medicine as well as religious ceremonies, all of which have made it a valuable trade commodity. Some early cultures even used it …

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The Peloponnesian War: Athens vs. Sparta

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Monumental advances in math, science, philosophy, government, literature, and art have made the Ancient Greeks the envy of world’s past and present. The Greeks gave us democracy, the scientific method, geometry, and so many more building blocks of civilization that it’s hard to imagine where we would be without them. However, images of Ancient Greece …

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The Battle of Thermopylae: 300 Spartans Against the World

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The Battle of Thermopylae, fought between the Greeks and the Persians in 480 BCE, has gone down in history as one of the most significant last stands of all time, despite the fact the “hero,” the Greeks, walked away from this battle defeated and on the brink of complete destruction. However, when we dig a …

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