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Parthenon

Parthenon

Constructed entirely of white marble in less than nine years, the Parthenon is widely regarded as the epitome of ancient Greek architecture. Built on a hill in the middle of Athens, known as the Acropolis, the Parthenon was dedicated to …[Continue]

Samurai

Samurai

Japanese samurai warriors lived in medieval castle towns, and were paid by their local lords or governors as both military men and administrators. They were an important part of society, and at times accounted for about ten percent of the …[Continue]

Singapore

Singapore

Singapore is a city-state that gained independence on August 9, 1965, located on the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, just eighty-five miles north of the equator. Despite having few natural resources, and a population of just five million, Singapore …[Continue]

King Tut

King Tut

Tutankhamun, popularly known as King Tut, was a little-known Egyptian pharaoh who ruled from 1332 BC to 1323 BC. After centuries of obscurity, he became a popular pop culture icon when British archeologist, Howard Carter, discovered his well-preserved tomb in …[Continue]

World Population

World Population

Although the experts disagree about when world population reached seven billion, they all agree we have now passed that milestone. And even though population growth rate is declining, the projections show continual growth ahead. What does this mean for our …[Continue]

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is actually not just one wall, but a series of walls built in Northern China to protect against intruders. The total length of the wall, including trenches and other natural barriers, is 5500 miles. Construction …[Continue]

The Euro

The Euro

The euro (or EUR) entered circulation on January 1, 2002 and is the official currency of some, but not all European Union countries. The seventeen countries that use the euro are known as the eurozone: Austria, Belgium, Cypress, Estonia, Finland, …[Continue]

Cleopatra

Cleopatra

She is known in pop culture as simply Cleopatra, although there were six Egyptian queens before her with the same name. Cleopatra VII (69 – 30 BCE) was the last pharaoh in the Ptolemy dynasty, and although ruthless at times, …[Continue]

Mummies

Mummies

Although mummies share the big screen and Halloween streets with make-believe monsters such as werewolves and vampires, they are real! A mummy is a corpse with preserved skin and internal organs. Although often associated with Ancient Egypt, mummies have been …[Continue]