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Women of the Ancient Near East: Julia Berenice

Women of the Ancient Near East: Julia Berenice

Site-Seeing: Surprising Susa

03/18 | Even for the intrepid traveler who tours Iran, the ancient Persian capital of Susa often gets left off the itinerary.   Read more…

Jewish Captives in the Imperial City

03/17 | Ancient Rome was the superpower of its day. Yet, when the Romans conquered the tiny province of Judea and quashed the First Jewish Revolt in 70 C.E., it was actually   Read more…

What a Lotus in the Left Hand Means

03/15 | What does holding a lotus in the left hand mean in ancient Near Eastern art?   Read more…

Origins: 3.14159265…

03/14 | Why did the ancients invent increasingly subtle and ingenious methods to arrive at an exact value of pi? Human curiosity.   Read more…

The Ancient Library of Alexandria

03/12 | When Alexander the Great died in 323 B.C.E., the Ptolemaic dynasty was given control of Egypt. Ptolemy I (c. 367–283 B.C.E.) established his capital at Alexandria and immediately began to   Read more…

Israelite Kings Depicted in Ancient Art?

03/10 | Has archaeology uncovered portraits of two Israelite kings? One contender is on the famous Black Obelisk from Nimurd/Calah, but scholars differ about the identification. Another more recent candidate for an   Read more…

Lydia and Tabitha in the Bible

03/08 | While the majority of the leaders of the early Christian church were men, the New Testament describes several prominent women leaders as well. Teresa Calpino analyzes two of these women—Tabitha   Read more…

Who Was Thecla?

03/07 | The leading lady of the apocryphal work the Acts of Thecla may not be a well-known figure today, but nearly every early Christian knew her name.   Read more…

Anna in the Bible

03/06 | Anna is one of the Bible’s most unusual women. Introduced at the end of the Birth Narrative (Luke 1:1-2:40), Anna concludes the sextet of named, pious Israelites surrounding the miraculous   Read more…


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