‘Invaders of Obscure Race?’ Understanding the Hyksos

By: Anna-Latifa Mourad From the time of the first pharaoh, ancient Egyptian civilization saw over a thousand years of unbroken development, with dynasty after dynasty of divine kings building pyramids and overseeing the growth of a rich culture. But after this ‘classical age’ of the Old Kingdom, toward the end of the third millennium BCE, …

Ancient Mayan Superhighways Found in the Guatemala Jungle

Ancient Mayan Superhighways Found in the Guatemala Jungle - Seeker https://static.rbl.ms/static/js-build/libs/polyfill/addEventListener.js?v=asset2a65c5a3571a106904a2dbcac76e4c17 https://static.rbl.ms/static/js-build/libs/polyfill/bind.js?v=assetb4b44e88256d517dc80092f1fddfdeb0 https://static.rbl.ms/static/js-build/libs/polyfill/indexOf.js?v=assetf99e3210291abbbb9189e7e35109d117 https://static.rbl.ms/static/js-build/libs/html5shiv/html5shiv.js BY ROSSELLA LORENZI An ancient network of roads that stretched over 150 miles has been discovered in the jungle of Guatemala, according to high-tech scanning carried out in the area. Used by the Maya for travel and transporting goods, the causeways …

The Animals Went in Two by Two, According to Babylonian Ark Tablet

We all know the story of Noah’s Ark. Ever since George Smith’s 1872 translation of Babylonian texts similar to the Biblical Deluge (see “George Smith’s Other Find” below), we’ve also known about echoes of the Genesis narrative in pre-Biblical Mesopotamian texts. A recently translated Old Babylonian (c. 1900–1700 B.C.E.) tablet has literally reshaped our vision …

Third Gender Figures in the Ancient Near East

In the ancient Near East, there was a social standard by which men were ideally expected to behave. In the 21st century CE, expectations still exist, albeit in different forms. Normative masculinity through ancient Mesopotamiatypically concerned male-female interactions. In sexual intercourse, for example, the male was the active person and initiator, with the female as …

Alexander in the East

    Alexander the Great never reached his goal of conquering all the inhabited earth. This was simply beyond his army’s endurance. But he did get as far east as ancient Bactria, in modern Afghanistan. More than two thousand years later, archaeologists have begun to recover evidence of Greek settlers Alexander left behind at a …