Athena Review : Sites and Museums in Roman Gaul: Arles

Arles (Arelate) was the first Roman town to be built in Gaul after the 49 BC defeat of Pompey’s forces at Marseille (Massilia) by Caesar during the Civil War. Caesar had also constructed his fleet there. A colony for veterans of the Sixth Legion was founded in 46 BC as Colonia Julia Paterna Arelate Sextanorum… Continue reading Athena Review : Sites and Museums in Roman Gaul: Arles

Eros exhibition: Eros exhibition opens Cyclades Art Museum of Athens

A statue known as Feathered Eros. ‘The concept of Eros – love – was very broad in ancient times,’ says the archaeologist Nicholaos Stampolidis, director of the museum. ‘Sexual desire was … a unifying force that encompassed the desire for anyone or indeed anything’ Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

Sex life of the ancient Greeks in all its physical glory

A marble statuette of a sleeping Eros and a lion next to him on display at the Cycladic Art museum in Athens. Photograph: Yiorgos Karahalis/Reuters The ancient Greeks were never at a loss for words when it came to love and lust – and an exhibition that opened in Athens today laying bare the practice… Continue reading Sex life of the ancient Greeks in all its physical glory

Sumerian People

The people of Sumer could own slaves, although the majority of residents were free. Slaves had a number of rights, including the right to borrow money, transact business, and even buy their own freedom. The children of Sumer had few rights — the authority of their parents was supreme.

Khufu

(2589-2566 BC) was the 4th Dynasty (2613-2498) pharaoh who built the Great Pyramid of Giza. Originally, the Great Pyramid stood 481 feet (146.6 m) tall. Although commonly called Cheops (and also Suphis) because of the late Greek influence on Egypt, the name Khufu is the original ancient Egyptian name for this king as demonstrated by… Continue reading Khufu