Before there was the skyscraper, ancient builders created the original tall, imposing structure: the obelisk. With origins in ancient Egypt, these four-sided structures were typically erected in commemoration of the rulers and spread in popularity across the ancient world— including ancient Rome and Assyria. Even after the end of these civilizations, the obelisk continued to be a popular monument for its striking yet simple design.
Dice—and their attendant games of chance—have an ancient history.
Thousands of years ago, the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers gave birth to some of the earliest civilizations.
As one of art history's most significant sculptures, the Venus de Milo continues to captivate audiences today. Located in the Louvre Museum, the marble masterpiece is celebrated for its Hellenistic artistry, renowned for its beauty, and famous for its absent arms. Like many other treasured antiquities, the story behind the statue was entirely unknown when it was unearthed in the 19th century.
We've heard of some interesting thrift store finds before, but Laura Young‘s story may top them all.
The American southeast is filled with over 10,000 caves rich in history.
New information is shedding light on the origins of a 30,000-year-old sculpture. The Venus of Willendorf, a 4.4-inch-tall carving crafted between 30,000 and 25,000 BCE, is named for its discovery in Willendorf, Austria. However, the stone it is made from could not be found anywhere in the area—a fact that shrouded the object in mystery for years. Now, researchers believe they have an answer to the statue's history, pinpointing the unique rock to northern Italy.
The ancient Roman Empire extended all the way to the United Kingdom, so it's not unusual for archeologists to dig...
Nearly 2,000 years ago, Pompeii was a bustling city located just outside of Naples in southern Italy.
Ancient art gives us a glimpse into cultures that existed thousands of years ago. In Spain, the Altamira cave is a well-preserved example of paintings made in the Stone Age. However, it is not the only exhibit of prehistoric art. Just outside of a small village in southwestern France is the site of some of the most well-known examples of Paleolithic painting: the Lascaux cave.
At the height of its power, the ancient Roman Empire spread well beyond Italy, reaching Spain, Britain, and Germany.
Very few people know the incredible history of the Rosetta Stone.