After initially opposing the idea, the Ugaritic storm-god Baal agreed to include a window In the design of his new palace. His decision was to lead to a confrontation with Mot (Death). The divine craftsman Kothar wa-Hasis suggested a window …

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Several poems describe a god’s journey or procession by barge. These accounts probably relate to real-life rituals in which statues of gods were ferried from their home cities to a site of pilgrimage where they received a blessing. In the …

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Mesopotamia may not have had the world’s earliest myths, but it was almost certainly the first place where myths were written down. The Sumerian people invented cuneiform writing there around 3500 BC, and by 2500 the script was being used …

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Napoleon Bonaparte and the Great Sphinx of Giza, Treasures of Ancient Egypt One of the world’s biggest riddles, the Great Sphinx of Giza has a mystery of its own. What happened to its nose? Despite evidence to the contrary, many …

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Who were the Vandals? It is generally believed that the word vandalism derives from the Barbarian vandals who sacked Rome in AD 455. In reality, the word has a more modern, civilized origin. The vandals were a Germanic barbarian tribe …

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