The Ancient Scribe

Examining ancient culture's status in the modern era

Dusting off this tome…

Posted By on February 17, 2016

Has it really been 5 years? Time does fly. I completed my Masters and am currently (foolishly) pursuing a PhD while working full-time. It’s pretty great. I can’t promise frequent posts, but I can promise to keep this (somewhat) more updated… It’s good for me to practice writing, and I’ve missed this blog. Hello again […]

Ancient Jewelry Fashion

Posted By on August 26, 2010

Jewelry has been present in some form in almost all civilizations since the dawn of time. Early humanoids would decorate themselves with bones, teeth, shells and similar trinkets that they found or acquired. As civilization matured, the types of jewelry changed and evolved. Common themes have always been religious symbols, various stones and gems and of course precious metals such as gold and silver.

HBO’s Rome: Historical Inaccuracies

Posted By on June 6, 2010

HBO’s Rome is a TV series based on the historical accounts of the Roman Empire. Bruno Heller, John Milius, and William J. MacDonald are the creators of this British Italian historical show set against the backdrop of 1st century B.C Rome. This TV series primarily focuses on the scenario of transformation of ancient Rome from a Republic to an Empire.

Roman-Era Mummy Uncovered in Egypt Oasis

Posted By on June 1, 2010

Most of us dealing in history and archeology feel the excitement of finding out new things about the past. One such discovery is the mummy, unearthed in the Oasis of Egypt’s Bahariya. This mummy has emerged with its ornaments and exclusive Roman attires to specify its origin. This mummy was enveloped in a well ornamented sarcophagus or coffin made of gypsum. This mummy is 38 inch tall, and archeologists have assumed that probably this mummy belongs to a woman or a girl during the Greco-Roman era approximately 2,300 years ago.

Ancient Coins Found in Egypt Sheds New Light on Numismatics

Posted By on May 29, 2010

Egyptian history dates back to more than 5000 years. Within the duration of Egyptian rule, the emperors issued numerous coins. The designs of their coins reflect their modern and ancient heritage in unison. It was quite amazing when my friend Bob told me about one such supplier who collected 75 different categories of Egyptian coins. These groups of coins comprise of both the un-circulated and circulated coins. It must have taken the person years of effort to come up with this collection of Egyptian coins.

Ancient Mayan Culture: Unearthing the Golden Era

Posted By on May 26, 2010

Among the Mesoamerican conventional civilizations, Mayan culture is possibly the most talked about civilization. The Mayan culture originated in Yucatán during 2600 B.C. They emerged as a powerful force during A.D. 250 in their present location of northern Belize, in southern Mexico, Guatemala and western Honduras.

Africa Before Slavery: A Deeper Look Into African History

Posted By on May 13, 2010

African history doesn’t revolve around slavery only, though the duration of slavery in Africa seems to occupy almost 120,000 years of the history of the land! Currently, different views about the pre-slavery times era have emerged to combat the views raised by historians to justify the aspects of Transatlantic Slave Trade. Historians like Hugh Trevor-Roper openly claim that Africa has no history of its own.

The Great Pyramids: Flawless Architecture With An Eye for Art and Beauty

Posted By on May 9, 2010

The pyramids, tombs and the age-old monuments are the prime attractions of Egypt, and most people would be highly interested to know about them. The Pyramids are probably the popular most structures in Egypt, which tend to be as tall as 482 feet high or (147 m). Interestingly, I discovered that the first pyramid is not in Giza. Few people know that the first pyramid was built for King Zoser at Saqqara!

Osiris and Isis The Legend that Journeyed through Time (Part II)

Posted By on May 6, 2010

Osiris’s evil brother Seth had always envied and hated both Osiris and Isis. As Osiri’s popularity grew with his good deeds, Seth’s wish to kill Osiris increased. Nonetheless, Isis always kept a watch on Seth and so his attempts never succeeded.

Osiris and Isis: The Legend That Journeyed Through Time (Part I)

Posted By on May 3, 2010

When I went to Egypt, one of the more fascinating legends that I heard about was that of Osiris and Isis. If you ever go there, you will realize that despite its Muslim population, the people over there are essentially deeply rooted in their old culture and keen to tell you any tale they know about the old Egyptian legends. Of course, myths have always been an integral part of our lives and have come down through the ages from one generation to another. I feel that we can learn a lot about the lifestyle and religious beliefs of a civilization.