HISTORY Lists

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8 Ways Roads Helped Rome Rule the Ancient World

Explore eight reasons why this remarkable transit system helped unite the ancient world.

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8 National Anthem Backstories

Find out more about the genesis of eight of the world’s most famous national hymns.

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7 Unusual Ancient Medical Techniques

Doctors are supposed to operate under the maxim “do no harm,” but history shows this has sometimes been easier said than done.

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7 Bizarre Witch Trial Tests

From barbaric tortures and occult dessert dishes to unwinnable trials by ordeal, find out more about seven unusual tests once used as evidence of supernatural misconduct.

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7 Unusual Military Units

From colossal Prussians and delirious Vikings to a faith-based U.S. Army unit, find out more about seven of history’s most unconventional military outfits.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Roman Gladiators

Get the facts on the enigmatic men-at-arms behind Ancient Rome’s most notorious form of entertainment.

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6 Mythical Monsters

From birds of prey with fearsome strength to rooster-snake hybrids capable of killing with their eyes, find out more about six legendary beasts from history.

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History’s Great Romantics

From poets and presidents to kings and courtesans, find out more about 10 of history’s most famous tales of love and loss.

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6 Generals Who Fought Against their Home State in the Civil War

Get the facts on six generals who switched sides in the run-up to the Civil War.

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6 Famous Pirate Strongholds

Take a tour through some of history’s most notorious pirate havens, and meet the swashbuckling marauders who helped build them.

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8 Reasons Why Rome Fell

Find out why one of history’s most legendary empires finally came crashing down.

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6 Violent Uprisings in the United States

Get the facts on six of the most famous domestic disputes in American history.