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Michael Arnold

Michael Arnold
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Michael is a contributing writer and former world traveler whose hometown is New York City. He spent the majority of 2019 exploring Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. And currently, he’s studying for a masters degree in Ancient Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of Pavia in Italy. In his spare time, Michael enjoys researching and writing about art, history, and archaeology with a focus on the ancient world.

The Battle Of Ctesiphon: Julian’s Persian War, an In-Depth Guide

  Picture a great fissure in the earth that opens on the Arabian shores of the Red Sea and terminates at the mountains of Armenia....

The Ptolemies: What Was Ancient Egypt Like Under Greek Control?

  When Alexander the Great arrived in Egypt in 332 BC, he was not only welcomed but deified. The conqueror, whose reputation quite literally preceded him,...

The Decisive Battle of Châlons (Catalaunian Plains)

  By the mid-fifth century AD, Rome was in sharp decline. Taxes were high, corruption was rampant, and Roman princes, unable to secure the empire’s...

Saint Augustine: 7 Surprising Insights From the Doctor of Catholicism

  The year is 374 AD in Roman North Africa. Augustine, a self-indulgent youth born into a wealthy family, is about to embark on a...

Banking, Trade & Commerce In Ancient Phoenicia

  The turn of the 12th century BC in the Eastern Mediterranean was a turbulent time, to say the least. Because of reasons unknown, numerous...

Ancient Sumer & The Sumerian Civilization: Here’s What We Know

  Inanna, Queen of Heaven, barreled toward the shadowy underworld where she intended to steal the throne from her sister, Eshkegel. As she passed through...

10 Roman Coliseums Outside of Italy To Visit

  Search for Rome on a map of the Ancient Mediterranean World circa 500 BC. What'll you find is nothing more than a little dot...

Plato’s Philosophy: 10 Breakthroughs That Contributed to Society

  If the concerns of Classical Greek Philosophy were reduced to three words, they’d be truth, beauty, and goodness.   Thoughtful observation of the concepts behind these...

Exporting Hercules: How A Greek God Influenced Western Superpowers

  In antiquity, the domain of Greek gods extended far beyond Mount Olympus. But Hercules, in particular, is noted for having done more than his...

The Magic Amulets of Ancient Egyptian Mummies For Eternal Life

  Four thousand years ago, the civilization spanning the length of the Nile, from Nubia to Memphis and across the fertile delta to the Mediterranean...