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Category: Ancient History

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Gladiator Cries Foul Over Ref’s Blown Call From the Grave

Did a referee’s blown call cost a Roman gladiator his life some 1,800 years ago?

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Eating As the Romans Ate

Residents of Herculaneum, a Roman city destroyed in 79 A.D., ate such delicacies as sea urchins, figs and dormice, according to a recent analysis of a sewer found on the site.

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Researchers Explore the Seafaring Culture of the Maya

This month, researchers are seeking a better understanding of Maya maritime trade by excavating an ancient port city on the Yucatan Peninsula.

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Egyptian Princess Needed Bypass Surgery, Mummy Study Shows

An Egyptian princess is the earliest known sufferer of heart disease, according to a recent study suggesting clogged arteries have plagued civilizations for millennia.

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Girl Possibly Murdered During Roman Invasion Found in England

Last week, archaeologists in Kent, England, discovered the body of a girl believed to have been killed by Roman soldiers around 50 A.D.

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Sacred Text Describes Successful Brain Surgery in Ancient Tibet

An intriguing account of ancient brain surgery in Tibet has been found in a 2,900-year-old collection of Buddhist texts.

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Romances That Changed History

For better or for worse, these historic romances altered the course of history.

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Historic Eclipses

This week, as the world watches a true astronomical rarity–the first full lunar eclipse to coincide with a winter solstice since 1554–we take a look at legendary eclipses with undeniable historical significance.

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Gladiator House Crumbles, Hinting at Pompeii’s Uncertain Future

On November 6, 2010, Pompeii’s House of the Gladiators collapsed, highlighting the many challenges of preservation.

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Did a Hippo Kill King Tut?

A new hypothesis that King Tut was killed by a hippopotamus is the latest attempt to solve one of ancient history’s most perplexing riddles.

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They’re Back: A Bed Bug History

Many American cities are plagued by the worldwide resurgence of bed bugs, pesky critters with a history that dates back to ancient times.