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One of the most impressive monuments on the Roman Forum
The Arch of Septimius Severus, portal to ...
Reading Assyrian art isn't easy — but it's always worth it.
Assyria vs Elam: The battle of Til ...
Led by aggressive warrior kings, Assyria dominated the fertile crescent for half a millennia, amassing vast wealth.
Assyria, an introduction
Holding on to pagan traditions in the early Christian era
The Symmachi Panel
If the Roman government condemned a ruler, his portraits often died with him.
—Roman sanctions against memory
Pompeii, once called the "City of the Dead," gives a marvelous sense of day-to-day Roman life.
Pompeii, an introduction
This ivory statue of a young man bears similarities to both Greek and Egyptian art.
Statuette of a Male Figure (The Palaikastro ...
This delicate type of pottery helps us understand the far-reaching trade networks in the ancient Mediterranean.
Kamares Ware Jug
This beautifully painted sarcophagus depicts an elaborate burial ritual—was it made for royalty?
Hagia Triada sarcophagus
This hollow stone vessel in the shape of a bull's head is both frighteningly realistic and beautifully stylized.
Bull’s Head Rhyton
The exuberant procession depicted on this small but luxurious object celebrates the fruits of farming the land.
This vase with a charming image of a writhing octopus was made during the height of the Minoan sea trade.
Goddess, priestess, or simply a Minoan woman? Mysteries abound in this small figurine from Knossos.
Athletic youths spring over a powerful bull—who are they, and why are they performing such a dangerous act?
Bull-leaping fresco from the palace of Knossos
This woman's striking profile has long fascinated viewers, but we know surprisingly little about who she is.
Minoan woman or goddess from the palace ...
The archaeological site of Knossos (on the island of Crete) —traditionally called a palace—is the second most popular tourist attraction in all of Greece.
The Palace at Knossos (Crete)
The ancient Nabateans cut Petra, their monumental city, from cliffs of rose red stone.
Petra: The rose red city of the ...
The rediscovery of ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum and the beginnings of archaeology.
The rediscovery of Pompeii and the other ...
Mount Vesuvius buried Pompeii two millennia ago—creating a time capsule of the evolution of Roman painting.
Roman wall painting styles
Despite what their sworn enemies the Greeks would have you believe, the Persians ruled a tolerant multi-ethnic empire.
Ancient Persia, an introduction
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