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    Minoan Civilization

    Minoan Civilization

    Minoan Civilization written by Mark Cartwright and narrated by Kelly Macquire: www.ancient.eu/Minoan_Civilization/ 


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    The Minoan civilization flourished in the Middle Bronze Age on the island of Crete located in the eastern Mediterranean from c. 2000 BCE until c. 1500 BCE. With their unique art and architecture, and the spread of their ideas through contact with other cultures across the Aegean, the Minoans made a significant contribution to the development of Western European civilization as it is known today. Labyrinth-like palace complexes, vivid frescoes depicting scenes such as bull-leaping and processions, fine gold jewellery, elegant stone vases, and pottery with vibrant decorations of marine life are all particular features of Minoan Crete.  

    • 13 min
    Famous Female Pharaohs and Queens of Ancient Egypt

    Famous Female Pharaohs and Queens of Ancient Egypt

    Find this article on youtube -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgTCRNaJtqo&t=350s


    Learn more about Ancient Egyptian Female Rulers here! https://www.ancient.eu/article/1040/great-female-rulers-of-ancient-egypt/






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    The music used in this recording is the intellectual copyright of Michael Levy, a prolific composer for the recreated lyres of antiquity, and used with the creator's permission. Michael Levy's music is available to stream at all the major digital music platforms. Find out more on:


    https://www.ancientlyre.com


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    Women in ancient Egypt had more rights than in any other ancient culture and were valued with greater respect. This is evident not only in the physical evidence and inscriptions but in their religion. Some of the most powerful and important deities in the Egyptian pantheon are female and some versions of the creation myth itself present the goddess Neith, not the god Atum, as the creator.

    • 12 min
    Mesopotamia: The Rise of the Cities

    Mesopotamia: The Rise of the Cities

    Mesopotamia: The Rise of the Cities written by Joshua J. Mark and narrated by DW Draffin: https://ancient.eu/article/678/mesopotamia-the-rise-of-the-cities/






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    Once upon a time, in the land known as Sumer, the people built a temple to their god who had conquered the forces of chaos and brought order to the world. They built this temple at a place called Eridu, which was “one of the most southerly sites, at the very edge of the alluvial river plain and close to the marshes: the transitional zone between sea and land, with its shifting watercourses, islands and deep reed thickets” (Leick, 2).

    • 17 min
    Saturnalia

    Saturnalia

    Saturnalia written by Mark Cartwright and narrated by Saskia Moorrees: https://ancient.eu/Saturnalia/


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    The Saturnalia was an enduring Roman festival dedicated to the agricultural god Saturn which was held between the 17th and 23rd of December each year during the winter solstice. Originating from archaic agricultural rituals the Roman festivities came to include a general round of gift-giving, merrymaking, and role-reversals so that it became one of the most popular celebrations in the calendar and certainly the jolliest. The similarities of some of its features and the timing - pushed later into December over time - suggest a strong influence on the Christian celebration of Christmas.

    • 5 min
    Susa

    Susa

    Susa written by Joshua J. Mark and narrated by DW Draffin: ancient.eu/susa/


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    Susa was one of the oldest cities in the world and part of the site is still inhabited as Shush, Khuzestan Province, Iran. Excavations have uncovered evidence of continual habitation dating back to 4395 BCE but that early community grew from an even older one dating back to c. 7000 BCE. Susa was a principal city of the Elamite, Achaemenid Persian, and Parthian empires and was originally known to the Elamites as 'Susan’ or 'Susun’. The Greek name for the city was Sousa and the Hebrew, Shushan. It is mentioned in the Bible in the books of Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and most notably the Book of Esther and was said to be the home of both Nehemiah and Daniel.

    • 24 min
    Gilgamesh

    Gilgamesh

    Gilgamesh written by Joshua J. Mark and narrated by DW Draffin: https://ancient.eu/gilgamesh/


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    Gilgamesh is the semi-mythic King of Uruk in Mesopotamia best known from The Epic of Gilgamesh (written c. 2150 - 1400 BCE) the great Sumerian/Babylonian poetic work which pre-dates Homer’s writing by 1500 years and, therefore, stands as the oldest piece of epic world literature.






    The motif of the quest for the meaning of life is first fully explored in Gilgamesh as the hero-king leaves his kingdom following the death of his best friend, Enkidu, to find the mystical figure Utnapishtim and gain eternal life. Gilgamesh's fear of death is actually a fear of meaninglessness and, although he fails to win immortality, the quest itself gives his life meaning. This theme has been explored by writers and philosophers from antiquity up to the present day.

    • 16 min

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