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History’s First Great Work of Literature Influenced the Hebrew Bible

The Epic of Gilgamesh, an ancient Mesopotamian poem, is generally considered to be history’s first great work of literature. Consisting of a series of poems transmitted orally and in writing over time, the story was eventually compiled into one combined epic, with the oldest combined version dating to 1,800 years BCE. 607 more words

Ancient History

Hadrian in Jerusalem

A new episode in our series “the suicide of the humanities”: a dedication to the emperor Hadrian from Jerusalem. Read more about it here. Nice photos. 92 more words

Ancient History

Essential Sources: 2 - Fragmentary Annals

Unlike the better-known Irish chronicles (such as the Annals of Ulster and the Annals of Tigernach) the text known as the Fragmentary Annals embellishes many of its year-entries with long passages of narrative saga. 700 more words


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The kings of Strathclyde (AD 870 to 1070)

Like my previous books, Strathclyde and the Anglo-Saxons in the Viking Age has a chronological structure which guides the reader along a timeline. In this case, the chronology runs from c.750 to c.1150, with special attention being given to a 200-year period between 870 and 1070 – the ‘lifespan’ of the kingdom of Strathclyde. 512 more words


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Writing Research: Ancient Commerce & Trade ♥

So I started reading The Great Sea by David Abulafia and instead of reading it in order, I skipped right to chapter 6 of Part Two “The Lighthouse of the Mediterranean” (pg. 674 more words

Thousand Nights

A Light Historical Day

Oh October 20th you seem a bit dull compared to other days!

1548 The city of Nuestra Señora de La Paz (Our Lady of Peace) is founded by Alonso de Mendoza by appointment of the king of Spain and Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V. 484 more words

General History

Beyond History - Pyramids

Evening ninjas.

When the Great Pyramids of Egypt were first created they were gleaming white. During the final stages of construction, a layer of white casing stones were put into place. 230 more words

Beyond History - My Research