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Was The Head Of Pompey The Great Embalmed?

In the Autumn of 48 BCE, the defeated Roman general, Pompey, arrived in Ptolemaic Egypt—a possible safe haven and potential ally—after being decisively beaten...

The Retirement Lifestyle And Awkward Pre-Bath Ritual Of The Roman Statesman Spurinna

Titus Vestricius Spurinna (c. 24/25-101/102+) lived an accomplished life in imperial Rome. He was an admirable military commander, held the auspicious political office of...

The Tale Of Artemis’ Gravitative Revenge Against An Impious Hunter

In the ancient world, if a devout Greek hunter wanted to honor the huntress-goddess, Artemis, one of the ways he or she could reportedly...

People Who Professed Disbelief In Witchcraft Were Deemed Highly Suspect Of Being Witches

During the height of the regrettable witch-hunting craze in Europe and its colonies, numerous theologians and inquisitors built careers and reputations by theorizing about...

The Rise And Decline Of Japan’s Cloistered Governments And The Disastrous 1-Month Challenge Of Ex-Emperor Go-Toba Against The Kamakura Bakufu

Japan’s imperial dynasty, the Yamato Dynasty, traces its origins back to times of myth and legend, but its imperial government apparatus really began to...

Duke Romoald II Of Benevento And The Crazy Succession After His Death

Romoald (or Romuald) II, son of Duke Gisulf I of the Beneventan Lombards, succeeded his father as Duke of Benevento around the year 706....

The Jubilant Mirage Sighting of Christopher Columbus

On August 3, 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail from the Spanish city of Palos de Moguer on his flagship, the Santa Maria, which was...

Spain Used Ancient Myth And Legend In An Attempt To Bolster Its Claims On The New World

When Spain began colonizing the American continents, its colonial land-grabs were already condoned by geopolitical norms of the era, as well as papal support....

The Sputtering Start To Christopher Columbus’ First Voyage To The New World

Momentous enterprises do not always have graceful starts. This was true of the famous explorer, Christopher Columbus, who—as the popular rhyme recounts—sailed the ocean...

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During the height of the regrettable witch-hunting craze in Europe and its colonies, numerous theologians and inquisitors built careers and reputations by theorizing about...

Was The Head Of Pompey The Great Embalmed?

In the Autumn of 48 BCE, the defeated Roman general, Pompey, arrived in Ptolemaic Egypt—a possible safe haven and potential ally—after being decisively beaten...

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Duke Romoald II Of Benevento And The Crazy Succession After His Death

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