Born from the violent act of castration, Aphrodite became the symbol of love and beauty. She was the most sought after of the goddesses, but though she gave in to many, seemed capable of only loving three males none of which was her husband.
You may think that transitioning from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age was as simple as finding new ways to make tools and weapons. For the people around the Mediterranean, however, it was a time of defeat and mass destruction.
The Phoenicians, who spread not only their goods and religion across the Mediterranean Sea but also their alphabet across the world, were famous for their ships and purple die. They were so valued as a trading partner that no one attempted to overtake them until three of the greatest empires ever...
You have just died in ancient Egypt. Your body has been mummified, and your belongings have been placed with you in your tomb, now what? If you have a copy of the Book of the Dead, you have everything you need to traverse the dangerous world of the Duat. A world filled with demons and pitfalls...
Throughout history, there have been many ruling families that lasted for generations, but few if any can compare to the Ptolemies of Egypt. It has been said that they brought Egypt down through their infighting, but infighting is an understatement. Theirs is a dynasty of murder and betrayal with...
He was a great general. He was a great politician. He was a champion of the lower classes. He was also a lover, a father and a good friend, but when he became the dictator of Rome, he became a threat to the ruling class. He was Julius Caesar.
Before there was a Roman empire, before there was a Roman republic even before there was a Roman kingdom, there were the Etruscans. With their own language, their own gods and their own governments, the Etrusci dominated the central Italian territory.
The life of a demigod has always been hard, just ask Hercules, but for one young man, it proved to be fatal. Such is the tale of Phaeton and his ride in the sun chariot.
During ancient times, Egypt was the greatest civilization in Africa, but it was not the only great civilization to exist there. Kush, also known as Nubia to the Egyptians, developed along the southern Nile region and had a love/hate relationship with their northern neighbor, Egypt.
Erebus and Nyx were two of the first primordial beings that came from Chaos, nothingness. Though neither of them appeared in many stories of the ancient Greeks, the goddess Nyx was so feared that even Zeus was afraid to cross her. Together they became parents to some of the most sought after and...
Amenhotep IV was not born to be a heretical pharaoh. He was actually not born to be pharaoh at all, but once the position became his, he was willing do whatever it took to protect the position of pharaoh for generations to come.
The story of Osiris and Isis is the one of oldest, if not the oldest, love stories ever told. It also happens to be one of the saddest, as they are torn apart by a jealous brother whose own life and marriage were never enough to make him happy.
It is difficult to be loved by Zeus. In the case of the beautiful priestess Io, it would result in not only her suffering, but in a series of misfortunes for her children for generations to follow.
The fifth pharaoh of the Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt was one of the most successful rulers in the history of the kingdom. This pharaoh was successful in military battles, economic trade and building projects. The pharaoh was also a woman.
Learn about Persephone, queen of the underworld, and the many mythological stories in which she plays a leading or supporting role.
In every family, there is always one. The child that pushes the boundaries to see just how much their parents will let them get away with. When it comes to the family of the Greek God Zeus, that one is his son Hermes, the god of boundaries.
Ramesses II was not born to rule Egypt, but when his family was selected for the task, he proved to be one of the best leaders of all time and has the artifacts to prove it.
If ever there was a god that deserved more credit, it would be the Egyptian Anubis. His association with death was already one strike against him, but his family life caused him even more trouble.
In today's world, a blockbuster movie usually includes a few basic elements; action hero, monsters to defeat, major fight scenes, sex and drugs. The Epic of Gilgamesh is the oldest known work of literature in the world, and one that few people know despite having all of the elements of a...
Apollo, as the son of Zeus, was very powerful. He reigned over not only the sun, but archery, music, poetry, plague and healing as well. Along with his twin sister Artemis, he proved to be a favorite of his father Zeus and many of the ancient Greeks. His Oracle at Delphi was the most sought after...
Every military commander to follow him in history has revered Alexander the Great. He is the standard by which every conqueror has not only been judged by historians but also by themselves.