Bosphorus – Waterway Of Importance From Ancient To Modern Times

The Bosphorus is a place of many legends. Jason and his Argonauts would have travelled through this sea-passage in search of the Golden Fleece. Achilles, Hector and Agamemnon¬† would have been familiar with it as Troy is but a short distance away. The Persians used it, as did the Romans. From Byzantium to Constantinople to […]

Punic Wars – Rome And Carthage Go To War

It was one of the greatest rivalries of the ancient world. The mighty Empires of both Rome and Carthage fought twice until eventually those canny Italians emerged victorious. Carthage was a naval power. Rome was not. So it was that the Romans had to quickly learn the craft of fighting at sea. They learned fast […]

Silk Road – Ancient Trade HighwayExplained

This is a flying visit to the famed Silk Road, which wasn’t made of silk and wasn’t a single road. It did have silk on it, probably trendy boxer shorts worn by Bedouin traders as they sold dates and palm oil and mobile phones. Anyhow, the following video is a basic introduction to these trading […]

5 Most Famous Gladiators Of Ancient Rome

This is a list of 5 of the most feared and famous gladiators known today. They were all brave or perhaps slightly crazy men. The very idea of such mortal combat is shocking by today’s standards. Yet, in the ancient world, such battles were commonplace. There was also the incidence of fights against animals which […]

The Celts – BBC Series – Episode 6

This final episode looks at the more recent history of the nations of the Celtic Isles of western Europe. The narrator begins by describing the Celtic languages as ‘dying’. Not a good start. Although it can be said that those ancient tongues are under immense pressure, they are not dying. Across the Occupied Six Counties […]

Phoenicians – Sea People Of The Middle East

This short documentary looks at the mysterious Phoenicians, an ancient people who connected the world of the Mediterranean through trade. The females from this population group were said to have been the most beautiful in the world. No doubt females from other populations may disagree strongly with this conclusion. However, there is no doubt that […]