Ancient History

Sunscreen Through The Ages

August 29, 2021

(Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images) Today, we know how important it is to protect our skin from damaging and potentially cancer-causing UV rays, but commercial sunscre...

Who Was Attila The Hun?

August 27, 2021

Pope Leo I, Repulsing Attila, (detail), 1511-14. Vatican Museums and Galleries, Vatican City, Italy. (Art Media/Print Collector/Getty Images) Attila the Hun was called the Scourge of God by man...

This Day In History: Herostratus And The Destruction Of The Temple Of Artemis, One Of The Seven W...

July 21, 2021

The Temple of Artemis, Ephesus, Turkey, 1933-1934. From Wonders of the Past, volume II, 1933-1934. (The Print Collecto...

Did The Hanging Gardens Even Exist? The Most Mysterious Wonder Of The Ancient World

June 11, 2021

Of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, only one of them, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, has remained elusive to archae...

Indian People Brought Marijuana to Jamaica And Named It Ganja

April 21, 2021

Bhang eaters before two huts, c. 1790. (San Diego Museum of Art/Wikimedia Commons) "Where does marijuana come from?" sounds like the kind of question one w...

The Three Fates: 3 Goddesses Of Greek Mythology Who Control All Mortal Life

April 2, 2021

The Three Fates: Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos, 1558–59. After Giulio Romano. Artist Giorgio Ghisi. (Heritage Art/Heritage Images via Getty Ima...

The Very First Easter Was Today In 31 AD, According To Dionysius Exiguus

March 25, 2021

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ, fresco by Piero della Francesca, 1463. (Museo Civico di Sansepolcro/Wikimedia Commons) Pretty much every cultu...

The Phoenician Alphabet: History Of Where Your Language Comes From

March 17, 2021

Cadmus introducing the original Alphabet or Phoenician alphabet to the Greeks. According to Greek mythology, Cadmus was the first king of Thebes. From H...

Ancient Egyptians Had Pregnancy Tests Over 3500 Years Ago (And They Worked)

March 8, 2021

Pregnancy tests are never a fun thing to need, they're rarely used in anything but a panic, and this has been a problem that dates all the way ba...

Leap Day: The History Of Why We Do Leap Day And Where It Started

March 1, 2021

The Shepherd 's calendar, 1579, February. Two shepherds in a field with their sheep. (Culture Club/Getty Images) Leap Day comes around every four years,...

Caligula: All The Most Ridiculous And Horrifying Things He Ever Did

February 19, 2021

Roman sestertius depicting Caligula. (CNG/WIkimedia Commons) No Roman leader is quite as infamous as Caligula. In just four short years, Caligula wen...

Why Do We Say 'God Bless You' After A Sneeze? History Of The Pope's Decree

February 16, 2021

1/27/53-Detroit, Michigan: Sneezing spreads influenza. Sneeze caught by highspeed stroboscopic unit at 1/10,000th of a second. (Getty Images) ...

Gladiatrix: This Is What Life Was Like For Female Gladiators In Ancient Rome

February 1, 2021

The Way Female Gladiators Were Seen In Ancient Rome Were there female gladiators in Ancient Rome? Of course there were, and they often foug...

Deadliest Earthquake In History: China's 1556 Quake And Its Path Of Destruction

January 23, 2021

China, Shaanxi Province, Wei River Valley, Wheat Fields, Loess Plateau. (Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images) On January 23, 15...

Mayan Codex: Codices (Paper Media) Were Destroyed By Conquistadors, Leaving Only Three (Or Four)

January 4, 2021

(Joern Haufe/Getty Images) At the peak of its power, the Mayan Empire of Mesoamerica was a complex culture with sophisti...

History Of Fireworks: Who Invented Fireworks, And Why Do We Celebrate With Them?

December 29, 2020

(Mughal Style/Wikimedia Commons) Today, anyone can pick up inexpensive fireworks from a roadside stand, but long before they were an eas...

Why Do We Celebrate Christmas On December 25?

December 25, 2020

Queen Victoria's Christmas Tree, 1850. Found in the collection of Royal Collection, London. Artist: Roberts, James (1824-1867). (Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images...

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