Y.H. Choi, K. Crane, S. Menjivar, and F. Semere In the ancient world of Greece and Rome, Ancient Ethiopia had a complicated history with regards to its relationship between Mediterranean powers. Ancient Greek and Roman authors praised Ethiopia for its antiquity, and criticized it for the cultural practices and people.. Although praise was common, ancient … Continue reading Ethiopians in the Ancient Mediterranean World
A. Camerer, E. MacLean, A. Vaughan, A. Luu In our group essay, we explore the give and take the relationship between Gaul and Rome through the 1st century BCE to the 5th century BC. The conflict and war that existed between Rome and Gaul was in many ways a loss for both groups, we argue … Continue reading Rome’s Influence on Gallic Culture
Scythians shooting with bows Kertch antique Panticapeum Ukrainia 4th century, Wikimedia M. Siemers, M. Bishop, N. Carlson, J. Foronda The Scythians were nomads who roamed the Black Sea region during classical antiquity. Because of their nomadic existence, they left little evidence of their civilization. Most of what is known about them today comes from Greek … Continue reading Scythians: Who Were They Really?
Introduction Palmyra was the ancient jewel of the Roman near east. Situated deep into the Syrian desert, the city had from it’s very founding been particularly isolated from even its closest neighbors. This isolation engendered a strong sense of identity in the hearts and minds of its citizens. Protected by the shifting sands of the … Continue reading The Palmyrene Identity
I. Otto, D.Reardon, B. Feinberg, Z. Zhong In the Classical Period, and to a lesser extent still today, Egypt was held as the oldest, longest-lived civilization of the Mediterranean. With its grand architecture, arcane and often incomprehensible worship of animal figures, reverence for the dead, and thousands of years of history, Egypt enthralled the ancient … Continue reading Classical World: Ancient Egypt
A painting of celebrating Persian heritage. Jabbar-beik, Ibrahim. A banquet of song and dance, 2005, Hotel Abbasi, Isfahan, Iran. By M. Ahmadi, T. Goerz, N. Jafarnejad, M. Scott-Cordes This essay looks at and critiques the views and representations of Persia — both from a Persian perspective and a Western perspective. The constructed dichotomy of the … Continue reading A Dichotomy of Representation: Persian Classical Interpretation from Iranian and Western Perspectives
Arch of Titus Menorah, possibly the most famous representation of the Roman sacking of Jerusalem. Judaism is the oldest monotheistic religion alive today and it has been a hard-fought survival by the Jewish people, considering the thousands of years of vitriol they faced. The Jewish relationship with the ancient Roman Empire was particularly fraught and … Continue reading Investigating Ancient Roots of Antisemitism
by J. Pry, J. Edwards, R. Marois, and R. Fung The first mention of the concept of “German” came in the writings of the Romans, however, the first use of Germany in the name of a country did not arise until 1871 with the advent of the German Empire. How then did the people living … Continue reading The Evolution of the German Identity