Ancient Places and/or Civilizations

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  • A VISIT FROM SAINT NICHOLAS: Who is responsible for Santa Claus being fat and jolly? Author Clement Moore and illustrator Thomas Nast get the credit for creating that image of Santa Claus.

  • BABYLON AFTER HAMMURABI: Babylon does not rise again as a major empire until King Nebuchadnezzar who is famous for his Hanging Gardens.

  • Babylonian Empire: The Babylonian Empire became a dominant force in the ancient world, after the fall of the Assyrians.

  • BATTLE at the HOT GATES: Thermopylae is the battleground for a fight where the defending Greek army kills many of Xerxes' invading Persian soldiers.

  • Battle of Thermopylae by Massimo d'Azeglio: Although beautiful, this famous painting inaccurately depicts how the sea met the land at the time of the famous battle at Thermopylae.

  • BATTLES and RUNE STONES: Rune Stones are standing stones in Scandinavia and Britain which tell the stories of kings and warriors like Beowulf.

  • Beowulf: Set in Scandinavia, Beowulf is an Old-English, heroic-epic poem which is also part of today's popular culture.

  • BEOWULF: Unafraid of Grendel, the warrior Beowulf helps the Danes by killing the monster.

  • Black Death: 3 cases of human plague are reported in New Mexico. What is this illness? In the 1300s, science does little to prevent, diagnose or treat Bubonic Plague ("Black Death"). In 2014, Madagascar battles to...

  • Blood Preserved in Mosquito for 46 Million Years: Scientists make a stunning find when they realize a gift to the Smithsonian's National History Museum contains a highly preserved, blood-engorged mosquito which lived 46 million years ago.

  • BODIES TELL TALES: In 1995, the mummified remains of a young girl are found; she was probably a sacrifice to the gods.

  • Book Burning and Censorship: The First Amendment is created to protect the creation and expression of ideas.

  • Bran Castle - "Dracula's Castle": Bran Castle, a national monument, may have ties to the real Vlad III - also known as "Dracula" - but then again...

  • BRAZIL and the ATLANTIC FOREST: The Atlantic Forest is a forest area which once covered a great part of Brazil, but most of it is now cut-down.

  • BRITONS FIGHT BACK: Ambrosius Aurelianus, a Roman, leads the Britons in battles against theAnglo-Saxons in the 5th century.

  • Carnotaurus and Indominus Rex: When scientists working in the Hammond Lab, at Jurassic World, decide to "create" a new hybrid dinosaur, they use the DNA of a South American predator known as Carnotaurus.

  • Castel Sant'Angel: Castel Sant'Angelo (Castle of the Angel Saint) had its beginnings in 135 A.D. Throughout its long history, the great castle has been more than a tomb.

  • CEPHALONIA: Hitler and Mussolini form a Pact of Steel to unite Italy and Germany; the Jewish population in Italy begins to suffer.

  • Chariot Race - Ancient Greece: In ancient Greece, artists used vases in the same way as painters use canvases today. We therefore see great works of art, which survive from the ancient world, on vases and amphora.

  • CHASING DARIUS III: Alexander's main enemy is Darius III, head of the Persian Empire. The young ruler's strategy just might get the better of his older rival.

  • CHERISHED RIGHTS: Even though the American Bill of Rights protects freedom of speech, Americans practice censorship.

  • Chryselephantine Shield - Before Reconstruction:

  • City of Purple - Ruins at Tyre: The town of Tyrenear today's town of Sor (in Lebanon)was part of the Roman world.

  • Codex Vaticanus:

  • Collapsing Vesuvius Summit and Powerful Pyroclastic Flows: After several hours of erupting, the gas pressure propelling Vesuvius’ eruption plume, in 79 AD, begins to falter. The eruption cloud itself begins to collapse and starts to pour down the slope of t...

  • Colossus of Rhodes - Artistic Interpretation: Ferdinand Knab, a 19th-century German painter, created artistic images of some of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

  • COMMODUS - IN CHARGE: After his father's death, Commodus becomes the emperor of Rome but is not a good ruler.

  • COMMODUS - IN CHARGE: After his father's death, Commodus becomes the emperor of Rome but is not a good ruler.

  • COMMODUS IN THE ARENA: Spectators in the Colosseum often decide if a gladiator will live or die with a thumbs up or down.

  • COMMODUS IN THE ARENA: Spectators in the Colosseum often decide if a gladiator will live or die.

  • Copernicus - On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres: The Catholic Church bans Nicolaus Copernicus's book on the 5th of March, 1616 (decades after his death). Why ban a book which Catholic Universities have been using for six decades?

  • CORELLI'S NAMESAKE and CONNECTION to ORPHEUS: The Mandolin is a stringed, lute-like instrument associated with love.

  • Coronation Chair and the Stone of Scone: After King Edward I (of England) removed the Stone of Scone (from Scotland), in 1296, he ordered the creation of a special throne (called the Coronation Chair).

  • Cortona - Under the Tuscan Sun: Cortona, located in today's Tuscany, is an ancient city with a gorgeous view.

  • Crannogs: Home, home on the Lochs: The lochs of Scotland and Ireland hold many secrets. Among them are crannogs, ancient conical homes built upon the waters of the lochs that sculpt the coasts of these island nations. The oldest discov...

  • CRUCIFIXION AS ROMAN PUNISHMENT: The Persians invent crucifixion, but the Romans practice it.

  • CRUSADE BACKGROUND: The Byzantine emperor asks Pope Urban II for crusades against the Muslim Turks, who have taken most of Asia Minor from him.

  • CUNEIFORM AND HIEROGLYPHICS: Web sites and other information on Cuneiform, Hieroglyphics, and ancient Persia.

  • CUNEIFORM IS DECIPHERED: The Egyptians have the Rosetta Stone; the Babylonians have King Darius who provides key information to unlock Cuneiform.

  • Darius the Great - Father of Xerxes: Darius I the Great King of Persia

  • DEADLY BATTLE - AETIUS and ATTILA at CHALONS: One of history's most famous battles is between Flavius Aetius' army and Attila's army.

  • Dead Sea Scrolls: Discovered in the caves of Qumran in the Dead Sea region, the Dead Sea Scrolls are the oldest-known surviving manuscripts of the Hebrew Scriptures.

  • DEATH AT THE HORNS OF HATTIN: At the Horns of Hattin battle, Saladin's army defeats the Crusaders.

  • DEATH BY CRUCIFIXION: Modern medical doctors conclude that suffocation is the cause of death during a crucifixion.

  • DEATH IN LOMBARDY: Through the hands of Attila, death and destruction befall the towns of Lombardy.

  • DEATH of LAZARUS: When Jesus brings his friend Lazarus back from the dead, the plot to Jesus begins.

  • Death of People in Pompeii: As a pyroclastic flow races toward Pompeii, people in the town fear for their lives. Thousands of years later, when excavators begin to uncover what happened in Pompeii, residents' bodies are found - ...

  • DEATH OF THE MAHDI: The Mahdi dies after capturing Khartoum, but his Mahdist forces make Omdurman their capital.

  • Death of Theodoric at the Battle of Catalaunian Fields: In the summer of 451 AD, the Roman general Aetius assembled a military force to resist the advances of Attila the Hun. Theodoric, King of the Visigoths, was among those forces gathered at the Battle o...

  • DEEP SEA DIVING LEGENDS: Learn the stories of humans diving into the depths of the sea that have been told for thousands of years.

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