Gobekli Tepe Temple
The oldest extant temple in the world, Gobekli Tepe, in southeastern Turkey, dating from 11,500 years ago.
Great Ziggurat of Ur
The ruins of the Great Ziggurat of Ur, taken in 2005 CE near Ali Air Base in Iraq. The ziggurat was built by the Sumerian...
Greek Gods and Religious Practices
Hesiod on the Birth of the Gods
The Greek poet Hesiod (c. 700 BCE) is most famous for his works Theogony and Works and Days. In this passage from Theogony...
Historical Accuracy in the Film Agora
In 2009, film director Alejandro Amenabar brought the story of Hypatia of Alexandria (c. 370-415 CE) to the screen through...
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Hygieia, the Goddess of Health
Modern medicine has its origin in the ancient world. The oldest civilizations used magic and herbs to cure their...
Imperial Temples in the Roman Forum
The temples built in the Forum Romanum during the Imperial era (27 B.C. – A.D. 476) were largely built to commemorate...
Inanna's Descent: A Sumerian Tale of Injustice
The Sumerian poem, The Descent of Inanna (c. 1900-1600 BCE) chronicles the great goddess and Queen of Heaven Inanna’s...
Initiation of religions in India
The religious practices of the early Indo-Aryans, known as the Vedic religion (1500 BCE to 500 BCE) were written down...