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Stone Bowl Inscribed with the Name of Agirgal
Image by Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin

Stone Bowl Inscribed with the Name of Agirgal

Agirgal was probably the name of the owner of the bowl. It was found in grave PG33. Akkadian to Neo-Sumerian Period, 2300-2100 BCE. From the Royal Cemetery at Ur, Southern Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. Part of objects allotted to the British...
Stone Ruins from Arates Monastery in Armenia
Image by James Blake Wiener

Stone Ruins from Arates Monastery in Armenia

Arates Monastery in Armenia is built on top of a hill and overlooks the Arates tributary of the Yeghegis River. The monastery's name came from the combination of “ari” ("come" in Armenian) and “tes” ("see" in Armenian). The group of half-ruined...
Memorial Stone at Arates Monastery in Armenia
Image by James Blake Wiener

Memorial Stone at Arates Monastery in Armenia

Arates Monastery in Armenia is built on top of a hill and overlooks the Arates tributary of the Yeghegis River. The monastery's name came from the combination of “ari” ("come" in Armenian) and “tes” ("see" in Armenian). It is likely that...
The Earliest Attic Graffito on Stone from the Acropolis
Image by James Lloyd

The Earliest Attic Graffito on Stone from the Acropolis

This is an amazing example of one of the earliest examples of Greek writing, dating to the 8th C. BC. It is written "boustrophedon", which means, rather than being read as English is, from left to right, every other line is flipped over...
The Rosetta Stone - 3D View
3D Image by The British Museum

The Rosetta Stone - 3D View

Part of grey and pink granodiorite stela bearing priestly decree concerning Ptolemy V in three blocks of text: Hieroglyphic (14 lines), Demotic (32 lines) and Greek (54 lines). The inscription is a decree passed by a council of priests, one...
The Origins Of War: From The Stone Age To Alexander The Great
Book Review by Arther Ferrill

The Origins Of War: From The Stone Age To Alexander The Great

Contrary to popular belief, military history does not begin in Greece. In his book, The Origins of War, Arther Ferrill traces the development of war from prehistoric times until the time of Alexander. Ferrill begins his work in an unconventional...
Aztec Art
Definition by Mark Cartwright

Aztec Art

The Aztec Empire, centred at the capital of Tenochtitlan, dominated most of Mesoamerica in the 15th and 16th centuries CE. With military conquest and trade expansion the art of the Aztecs also spread, helping the Aztecs achieve a cultural...
Ahuitzotl
Definition by Mark Cartwright

Ahuitzotl

Ahuitzotl (Auitzotl) was an Aztec ruler who reigned between 1486 and 1502 CE. He was one of the greatest generals of the ancient Americas and he left to his nephew, Montezuma, an enlarged and consolidated empire which had been ruthlessly...
Tenochtitlan
Definition by Mark Cartwright

Tenochtitlan

Tenochtitlan (also spelled Tenochtitlán), located on an island near the western shore of Lake Texcoco in central Mexico, was the capital city and religious centre of the Aztec civilization. The traditional founding date of the city...
Ancient Korean Architecture
Definition by Mark Cartwright

Ancient Korean Architecture

The architecture of ancient Korea is epitomised by the artful combination of wood and stone to create elegant and spacious multi-roomed structures characterised by clay tile roofing, enclosures within protective walls, interior courtyards...