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Augustus' Political, Social, & Moral Reforms
Article by Steven Fife

Augustus' Political, Social, & Moral Reforms

Augustus is well known for being the first Emperor of Rome, but even more than that, for being a self-proclaimed “Restorer of the Republic.” He believed in ancestral values such as monogamy, chastity, and piety (virtue). Thus...
The Myth of Etana
Article by Joshua J. Mark

The Myth of Etana

The Myth of Etana is the story of the Sumerian antediluvian King of Kish who ascends to heaven on an eagle to request the Plant of Birth from the gods so that he might have a son. Etana is named as the first king of Kish in the Sumerian King...
Temple of Vesta/Hercules, Rome
Article by Mark Cartwright

Temple of Vesta/Hercules, Rome

The Temple of Vesta is the popular name given to the round temple near the Tiber River in Rome (now Piazza Bocca della Veritá). The association with Vesta is due to the shape of the building but in fact it is not known to which god...
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Video by Smarthistory, Art History at Khan Academy

Basilica of Constantine, Rome, c. 306-312

A conversation with Dr. Darius Arya and Dr. Beth Harris at the Basilica of Constantine, Rome, c. 306-312
Amazing Drone Footage of Nubian Pyramids
Video by National Geographic

Amazing Drone Footage of Nubian Pyramids

Armed with a remotely operated mini­-helicopter, National Geographic engineer Alan Turchik gets a bird’s­-eye view of 3,000-­year-­old royal burial chambers. The unique perspective is helping to unravel ancient Nubian mysteries. Click...
The Oldest Complete Song from Ancient Greece
Video by Ancient History Encyclopedia

The Oldest Complete Song from Ancient Greece

The Seikilos Stele contains the the oldest complete song and dates to c.100 BCE. This video explores how the stele was found and how the song sounds; it is sung at 2:28 As long as you live, shine forth do not at all grieve, Life exists...
Cradles of Civilization - Sargon of Akkad
Video by DrDavidNeiman

Cradles of Civilization - Sargon of Akkad

In the fifth part of his lecture, Dr. Neiman explains that as the writing system developed, the Sumerian and Akkadian civilizations start describing their world. The autobiography of the Akkadian King Sargon of Akkad is recounted.
Lamassu from the citadel of Sargon II
Video by Smarthistory, Art History at Khan Academy

Lamassu from the citadel of Sargon II

Lamassu (winged human-headed bulls possibly lamassu or shedu) from the citadel of Sargon II, Dur Sharrukin (now Khorsabad, Iraq), Neo-Assyrian, c. 720-705 B.C.E., gypseous alabaster, 4.20 x 4.36 x 0.97 m, excavated by P.-E. Botta 1843-44...
Khorsabad (Dur-Sharrukin)
Video by Lina Meerchyad

Khorsabad (Dur-Sharrukin)

3D reconstruction of Khorsabad designed by Kais Jacob Ishak. KHORSABAD (Dur-Sharrukin) Capital of the Assyrian Empire in the ancient world (Mesopotamia) built by King Sargon II in 717 BCE.  
Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent - A Short History
Video by Kelly Macquire

Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent - A Short History

Mesopotamia is an ancient region in the Middle East, east of the Mediterranean by the Zagros mountains, between the two rivers Tigris and Euphrates. The name ‘Mesopotamia’ comes from the Greek meaning ‘between two rivers’. The region is now...