The Ancient Scribe

Examining ancient culture's status in the modern era

Ancient Jewelry Fashion

| 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

| 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.

Ancient Mayan Culture: Unearthing the Golden Era

| 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

| 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

| 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)

| 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)

| 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.

Greek Mythology: The Role of Rituals and Beliefs (Part II)

| April 30, 2010

The Greeks often depicted their gods in human forms, just as the Romans and the Pagans did. In fact, the Greeks also believed that the gods also took the form of animals. Sometimes, the same Gods had two or more names. For instance, Zeus was also known as Omrios. Moreover, the Greeks depended on the Gods to explain the occurrence of certain, un-natural events.

Greek Mythology: The Role of Rituals and Beliefs (Part I)

| April 28, 2010

In the ancient era, the Greek religion had attained the shape of early Paganism, and so a lot of their traditions reflected the practices of Pagans, such as Witchcraft or Wicca. The ancient Greeks were polytheistic in nature since they worshipped numerous Gods, as they strongly believed that their gods would protect their states and guide them in their actions. The Greek Gods formed the most important part of the Greek religion, and they always made sure to please their gods to protect themselves from hardships and oppression.

Ancient Mythology: Religion Through The Ages

| April 16, 2010

Ancient mythology has its own story to tell, and modern day humans have a lot to learn from the stories of the past. The Biblical Stories offer a deeper insight into the various aspects of life supported by the Old Testament and the New Testament. In the Old Testament, the stories are related to the prophets in Judaism and feature eight books.