Ancient Egypt

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.

Was Cleopatra beautiful?

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Was Cleopatra beautiful?

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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?

Wine culture in the Hellenistic Mediterranean

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Wine culture in the Hellenistic Mediterranean

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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.

The girl with the golden wreath

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The girl with the golden wreath

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This article offers a closer look at a mummy portrait of a young woman in the collection of the Allard Pierson Museum.