With a history stretching back to before 3000 BC, you cannot study the ancient world without taking Egypt into account. Ancient Egyptian history is divided into a number of periods in which the realm was united under a single monarch (e.g. the Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom, and New Kingdom), divided by so-called “Intermediate Periods” during which the country was politically divided.
Did the ancient Greeks name their ships? The answer to that is yes. And with rare exception, the ships were given female names.
Arsinoe II, daughter of Ptolemy I and an enduring figure of the Lagid dynasty, became the model for succeeding Ptolemaic queens.
Stories about people who run away usually focus on their adventures. But Lucian provides us with a view from the home front when a young person takes an unexpected trip.
The idea that Cleopatra, the famous last queen of ancient Egypt, owed her powerful position to her beauty persist, but why does her appearance really matter?
A new exhibition about the Egyptian deities in the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden is interesting, but workmanlike.
What is true now was true in antiquity, too: wine is always good business. Tracing Mediterranean wine culture, this article focuses especially on the last three centuries BC.
Few institutions from Antiquity are as iconic as the Great Library of Alexandria. However, popular knowledge about the Library often amounts to little more than myth.
This article offers a closer look at a mummy portrait of a young woman in the collection of the Allard Pierson Museum.
An early Ptolemaic queen, Berenice II, ruled alongside her husband Ptolemy III when Hellenistic Egypt was at the height of its power.
Does this graphical update of Age of Empires make the game feel as fresh as it did in 1997 or does it come off as a relic of a bygone age?