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Ancient Mesopotamian Beliefs in the Afterlife
Unlike the rich corpus of ancient Egyptian funerary texts, no such...
A Strategist in Exile: Xenophon and the Death of Thucydides
Nickel begins by setting up the historical background for...
The Egyptian Amulet: Pious Symbols of Spiritual Life
Material Objects & Cultures Material objects convey...
Shabti Dolls: The Workforce in the Afterlife
The Egyptians believed the afterlife was a mirror-image of life...
The Pyramid Texts: Guide to the Afterlife
The Pyramid Texts are the oldest religious writings in the world...
Justinian's Plague (541-542 CE)
During the reign of the emperor Justinian I (527-565 CE), one of...
The Plague at Athens, 430-427 BCE
In the 2nd year of the Peloponnesian War, 430 BCE, an outbreak...
The After-Life In Ancient Greece
In ancient Greece the continued existence of the dead depended...
The Maya Calendar and the End of the World: Why the one does not substantiate the other
The Popol Vuh recounts the story of twins who journeyed to Xibalba...
People in the Middle Ages have acquired something of a bad reputation...
Roman Skull with Obol in Mouth
Upon death, ancient Greek culture called for placing a coin, or...
Posited Cyclicality of Life for an Ancient Egyptian
Figure 1: Regenerating nature of life, with the teleological ‘arrow’...