The Second Punic War: Hannibal marches against Rome

second punic war

The thin, alpine air rushes between the two towering mountains dominating the horizon; whipping past you, biting your skin and icing your bones.  When you’re not freezing where you stand, you’re hearing and seeing ghosts; worried that a band of barbarous, war mongering Gauls — eager to plunge their swords into any chest that wanders …

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The Battle of Marathon: The Greco-Persian Wars Advance on Athens

Battle of Marathon

On a sweltering summer day, the nine elected magisterial archons of Athens waited breathlessly for news, surrounded by a restless crowd of citizens. Their army, along with a small number of allies, had engaged with a larger force of Persians in the small bay of Marathon — desperately hoping that the claustrophobic landscape would prevent …

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Ancient Civilizations Timeline: 16 Oldest Known Human Settlements From Around the World

Ancient Civilizations

I used to believe my great-grandmother was the first person on earth. She was so old, she HAD to be. Those deep lines carved around her eyes and mouth were a dead giveaway. Turns out I was wrong. Unbelievably wrong. People have graced the vast grassy plains of this planet since long before even Nana’s …

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Ancient Sparta: The History of the Spartans

Ancient Sparta: The History of the Spartans 1

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 is often the case, many of the perceptions we have of Ancient Sparta are …

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The History of Salt in Ancient Civilizations

The History of Salt in Ancient Civilizations 2

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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