A scene from a 1911 staging of the ancient Greek classic ‘Oedipus Rex.’
Greek epics remind audiences that leaders need to be able to plan for the future based on what has happened in the past. They need to understand cause and effect.
The British prime minister is fond of a common form of political rhetoric especially loved by the Romans: the promise of a 'new age'.
Monkeys frescoes in Akrotiri.
Thera Akrotiri Excavations
Ancient frescoes suggest Europe and south Asia had trade links as long as 3,600 years ago.
Your calendar dates back to Babylonian times.
The Babylonians' calendar was passed down from civilization to civilization.
Daenerys Targaryen as portrayed by actress Emilia Clarke.
Although the universe of "Game of Thrones" evokes the medieval era, several key figures in the series are directly inspired by characters from Roman antiquity.
Writing wasn’t just invented once by a single person. Many different ancient societies invented writing at different times and places.
Writing has only been a part of the human story for the last 5,000 years. In comparison, humans began to communicate using speech some 50,000 years ago.
DNA found in chewing gum from 10,000 years ago is helping scientists learn about prehistoric humans.
Members of the European Research Group are right to compare themselves to ancient Spartan warriors. Behind their combative stance, they seem to have no plan for when the Brexit war is over.
Some people think the mummies brought good luck!
The first mummy was wrapped up about 7,000 years ago, and it was from South America.
Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada.
From the amphitheatre at Arles to London's Wembley, stadiums can be adapted to serve their cities.
One important reason for the Spartans’ obsession with fighting was the constant possibility they would need these skills in war and also at home, in Sparta itself.
From about age seven, Spartan children learned to fight and practise obeying orders. They also staged pretend battles. Boys and girls were trained separately.
A group of men proceeds to an Otobo in an Igbo village.
John Kelechi Ugwuanyi
The Otobo remains an ancient symbol of democracy; it almost certainly helped to shape Nigeria's modern democracy in some ways.
Ancient quarry workers left messages carved on walls like a 4,500-year-old form of social media.
Tapping into ancient knowledge can help us feel connected to our ancestors – but that doesn't mean we should take their advice.
Zenobia addressing her troops.
Giambattista Tiepolo (National Gallery)
Anything is possible in the world of computers games – except women who fight, apparently.
Without the scientific knowledge we have today, ancient cultures turned to myths and legends to understand celestial objects.
The “Burney Relief,” which is believed to represent either Ishtar, the Mesopotamian goddess of love and war, or her older sister Ereshkigal, Queen of the underworld (c. 19th or 18th century BC)
Sex was central to life in ancient Mesopotamia. And the authors of Sumerian love poetry, depicting the exploits of divine couples, showed a wealth of practical knowledge about the stages of female sexual arousal.
Puzzle: fragments of 2,000-year-old scrolls before reassembly.
Shay Halevi, Israel Antiquities Authority, The Leon Levy Library of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Painstaking reconstruction of fragments of text has revealed the working draft of an ancient Jewish calendar and priestly duty schedule.
We think of the Druids as being embedded in British culture from the mists of ancient times. But what we think we know about Druids is of surprisingly modern provenance.
A central convention of Greek mythological narratives called katabasis, the hero’s journey to the underworld or land of the dead.
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Journeys to the Underworld – Greek myth, film and American anxiety.
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