City of Myth
In search of Hurrian Urkesh By Giorgio Buccellati, Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati

The thousands of mid-second-millennium B.C. documents unearthed at Boghazkoy, Turkey, the site of the Hittite capital of Hattusha, include several collections of myths dealing with ancient heroes and gods. In the most important group of these myths, however, the heroes and gods are not Hittite; they are Hurrian, and their stories are set not […]

When a Mittani Princess Joined Pharaoh’s Harem
Politics as usual in the mid-second millennium B.C.E. By Gernot Wilhelm

Around 1354 B.C.E. a caravan of hundreds of donkeys laden with valuable treasures departed from Washukkani, the capital of the Mittani kingdom in present-day northern Syria. Protected by a formidable military corps of chariots and infantry, the caravan headed through Syria and Palestine to the Egyptian capital of Thebes—a 1,400-mile journey that would take […]

Debunking the Copy Myth
Roman sculptors did not just imitate Greek masters; they produced beautiful, original works in their own right. By Miranda Marvin

Who would think that a marble statue weighing more than a ton could be invisible? Yet that is the fate of hundreds of Roman statues in museums all over the world. Huge, white and shiny, they line galleries of classical art, but no one ever sees them. Their labels make them invisible. Each is […]

Civilizing the Frontier
The Romans in Britain By Martin Henig

Roman Britain is most familiar as a battleground for legions marching through the pages of ancient writers—Julius Caesar in his Gallic Wars (books IV and V) or Dio Cassius (c. 150–235 A.D.) in his History of Rome. The picture we get, often enough, is of a mighty empire subduing barbarous hordes. The Roman historian […]


Origins: And the Verdict Is …
In creating the jury system, the ancient Greeks reinvented the idea of justice. By Alan L. Boegehold
Past Perfect: The Day the Earth Shook
One summer day in 79 A.D., the young Pliny watched as Mount Vesuvius began its reign of terror.
Ancient Life: Into the Deep
Alexander the Great’s excellent adventure
The Forum
More on porn (of course), as well as Assyrian carving and the origin of “Phoenicians.”