Sbeitla is a small town in north-central Tunisia. Nearby are the Roman ruins of Sufetula, containing the best preserved Forum temples in Tunisia. The region was inhabited by nomadic tribes until the Legio III Augusta established a camp at Ammaedara. Through the surrender of the Berber leader Tacfarinas the region was pacified and populated under the Emperor Vespasian and his sons between 67 and 69.
Pictures of Greek Sculpture of Van Fortress, Lake Van, Turkey - Stock Photos | Funkystock Picture & Image Library Resource
The ancient Uratian iron age fortress of Van, Van, Turkey 2
No ancient Mayan feast was complete without chocolate, offered to guests in pots like this one. Rather than formed into bars for eating, chocolate for the ancient Maya was a drink spiced with chili peppers and sweetened with honey. The theme of chocolate is reinforced in the vessel’s decoration, from the cacao beans (from which chocolate is made) sculpted on its body to the lid’s handle, which is shaped like a cacao tree. The Mayan Maize God, the most important deity for the Maya, is shown…
Enheduanna (ca. 2300 BCE) is the earliest known author in the history of human civilization. The daughter of King Sargon of Akkad, she was a high priestess & poet in Ur. Her powerful hymns to the goddess Inanna narrate her own religious consciousness & became sacred. She was also an important political figure & probably played a crucial role in Sargon’s rise to power & consolidation of the religious establishment. The famous “Enheduanna Disk” (inset) actually records her likeness.
During the late 8th C. a new expression of the savior bodhisattva appeared in S.E. Asia, inspired by developments of esoteric forms of Buddhism in India. Protectress Mahapratisara, 9th C.. Western Indonesia.
The Book of Documents (Shujing, earlier Shu-king) or Classic of History, also known as the Shangshu, is one of the Five Classics of ancient Chinese literature. It is a collection of rhetorical prose attributed to figures of ancient China, and served as the foundation of Chinese political philosophy for over 2,000 years.