August 16, 2017

For this week's Thutmose Tuesday, we're taking a look at Central Park's oldest attraction: Cleopatra's Needle. It probably won't surprise you to learn that this 70-foot-tall ancient obelisk has nothing to do with Cleopatra VII. It was built for another Egyptian ruler m...

July 3, 2017

Fabulous, powerful, scandalous: what better way to describe Egypt's last ruling family? Although they weren't ethnically Egyptian, the Ptolemies immersed themselves in their adopted homeland's vibrant culture and traditions without hesitation, discarding their Macedoni...

June 30, 2017

Today, I'm going to discuss a truly fascinating aspect of ancient Egyptian culture, that few people know about. It's one of my absolute favorite facets of Egyptian mythology and religious practice during the Ptolemaic and Roman Periods: Greco-Egyptian cults.

After Alexa...

June 29, 2017

I figured that, since I've been writing so much about Hypatia of Alexandria lately, it might be a good idea to give you more information on the establishment where she taught and studied: the Library of Alexandria!

The Library of Alexandria was the largest institution o...

June 23, 2017

It's very rare to find a high-budget historical film made about the life of an obscure female historical figure. It's even more rare if such a film is actually good. Thankfully, Alejandro Amenábar's Agora is both. Released in the U.S. in 2010, the movie tells the story...

June 23, 2017

Hypatia of Alexandria is the perfect example of how dangerous being an eloquent, educated woman in the ancient world could be.

Born ca. 355-370 C.E., sadly little is known about Hypatia's life. She was the daughter of Theon, a renowned Alexandrian mathematician, who tau...

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