History

Namazu

Namazu (aka Onamazu) is the giant catfish of Japanese mythology held responsible for creating earthquakes. The creature was ...

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Carnac

Most notable at Carnac are the extraordinary alignments, long rows of parallel lines of standing stones. Keep your eyes open ...

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Segesta

Some think it to have been built in the 420s BC by an Athenian architect, despite the city not having any Greek population. ...

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Quetzalcatl

As the morning and evening star, Quetzalcatl was the symbol of death and resurrection. With his companion Xolotl, a dog-headed ...

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Alfred the Great

Alfred, also spelled Aelfred, byname Alfred the Great, (born 849died 899), king of Wessex (871899), a Saxon kingdom in ...

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First Dynasty of Egypt

The 1st dynasty (c. 2925c. 2775 bce) The beginning of the historical period is characterized by the introduction of written ...

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Aztec Civilization

The Aztecs appeared in Mesoamericaas the south-central region of pre-Columbian Mexico is knownin the early 13th century. Their ...

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Chitrali Mythology

According to legend, fairies and the Chitralis could intermarry. The most famous story features the fairy princess born to the ...

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Roman Warfare

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Gorgias

Gorgias (/????rd?i?s/; Greek: ???????; 483375 BC) was an ancient Greek sophist, pre-Socratic philosopher, and rhetorician who ...

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Queen of Sheba

The Queen of Sheba appears as a prominent figure in the Kebra Nagast (Glory of King), the Ethiopian national epic and ...

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Emperor Gaozu of Tang

Emperor Gaozu of Han (202 BC to 195 BC) – Emperor Gaozu started life as a peasant, but helped to lead a revolt that ...

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Heiankyo

Heiankyo (Kyoto), located in the centre of Honshu island, was the capital of Japan for over a thousand years and gave its name ...

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Periander

Periander was the second tyrant of Corinth (d. c. 587 BCE); Diogenes Laertius only mentions that he was eighty when he died, ...

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Byzantine Empire

The Byzantine Empire existed from approximately 395 CEwhen the Roman Empire was splitto 1453. It became one of the leading ...

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Helios

Helios, (Greek: Sun) in Greek religion, the sun god, sometimes called a Titan. He drove a chariot daily from east to west ...

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Dangun

Dangun is traditionally credited with then creating the entire Korean race and ruling over the kingdom of Gojoseon, ancient ...

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Medieval Jousting

Jousts were, from the 13th to 16th century CE, a popular part of the European medieval tournamentwhere knights showed off ...

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Persepolis

Persepolis was the seat of government of the Achaemenid Empire, though it was designed primarily to be a showplace and ...

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Weetamoo

Weetamoo (l. c. 1635-1676, also known as Namumpum, Tatapuanunum, Wattimore, Weetthao) was a female chief of the Pocasset ...

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Trebizond

noun. a medieval empire in northeastern Asia Minor 12041461. Official name Trabzon [Turkish trahb-zawn] . a seaport in ...

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Cyrus the Great

Cyrus the Great was the founder of the AchaemenianEmpire. His empire, stretching from the Aegean Sea to the Indus River, was ...

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Vestal Virgin

Vestal Virgins, in Roman religion, six priestesses, representing the daughters of the royal house, who tended the state cult ...

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Anastasios I

Anastasius I Dicorus (Greek: ?????????? Anastsios; c. 431 9 July 518) was Eastern Roman emperor from 491 to 518. A career ...

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Field of Reeds (Aaru)

Aaru usually was placed in the east where the Sun rises and described as boundless reed fields, like those of the earthly Nile ...

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The Goths

The Goths were a nomadic Germanic people who fought against Roman rule in the late 300s and early 400s A.D., helping to bring ...

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Kofukuji

Kofukuji is a Buddhist temple which was founded in 669 CE and relocated to its present location in Nara, Japan in 710 CE. It ...

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Middle Kingdom of Egypt

The Middle Kingdom lasted from approximately 2040 to 1782 BC, stretching from the reunification of Egypt under the reign of ...

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Kingdom of Axum

A major empire of the ancient world, the kingdom of Aksum arose in Ethiopia during the first century C.E. This wealthy African ...

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Herod the Great

Herod the Great was king of Judaea from 37 BCE to 4 BCE, appointed by the Roman Empire after its Senate equipped him with an ...

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