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Passover Preparations in the
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Passover in the Hebrew Bible

Passover is a Jewish festival celebrated since at least the 5th century BCE, typically associated with the tradition of Moses leading the Israelites...
Red-Figure Cup with Eros Figure
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Eros

Eros was the Greek god of love, or more precisely, passionate and physical desire. Without warning he selects his targets and forcefully...
Ruins of The Church of Santa Maria do Carmo
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Visiting The Ruins of Lisbon’s Ancient and Medieval Past

Visiting the vibrant and colorful city of Lisbon, on the banks of the river Tagus and the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, what is most showcased is one...
The Grail Miracle
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Grail Legend

The Grail Legend (also known as the Grail Quest, Quest for the Holy Grail) developed in Europe c. 1050-1485 CE. It most likely originated in Ireland...
The Mask of Warka at the Iraq Museum
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The Iraq Museum & Three Wars: Three Steps from Hell

This article documents and elaborates on the many critical behind-the-scenes events, unknown to the public, before the history leaves us. The author...
Knights of the Round Table
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Thomas Malory

Sir Thomas Malory (c. 1415-1471 CE) was an English knight during the War of the Roses (1455-1487 CE) best known for his highly influential work of medieval...
Djenne-Djenno Sculpture
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Djenne-Djenno

Djenne-Djenno (aka Djenné-Jeno, Jenne-Jeno, or Old Jenne) was an ancient city located in modern Mali, West Africa which flourished between c...
Lion Gate at Hattusa
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Five Key Historical Sites of the Hittites

Although mentioned several times in the Biblical texts, the actual existence of the Hittites was largely forgotten until the late 19th century CE. With...

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