The Peaceful Toy Makers of Indus?

Today I’m going to be talking about a civilization that I only learned about a few months ago, the Indus River Valley Civilization. What caught my interest about this civilization right away was how old civilization in this area is and how long it lasted. Another thing I that caught my eye was how advanced this civilization became in its prime. Long story short, ancient India was just as impressive and mysterious as its modern iteration. Continue reading The Peaceful Toy Makers of Indus?

A Beginners Guide to Xenophobia

Today I’m going to talk about one of my favorite games, Age of Empires. This is a game that got me interested in ancient civilizations from an early age. AoE is a historically themed RTS (Real Time Strategy) game that was released in 1997 for PC. Since then it has spawned a few sequels that cover the Dark Ages and the American Colonization periods of history, as well as a spin-off game that covers ancient mythologies. Continue reading A Beginners Guide to Xenophobia

The Stoic Emperor

This weekend I’ve done something I haven’t done in quite a while but plan to start doing more often. I read a book. More specifically, I read a book on written by today’s subject, Roman Emperor and Stoic philosopher, Marcus Aurelius.

Marcus Aurelius was born April 26, 121 CE in Rome. He became the co-emperor of Rome, along with his brother Verus in 161 CE. He ruled until his death on March 17, 180 CE. He is remembered as a great intellectual and one of the most well respected Roman emperors of all time. Continue reading The Stoic Emperor

The Minotaur Clogged a Toilet in Atlantis?!

Our first civilization of interest is the ancient, Bronze Age, Minoan civilization which was located mainly on the island of Crete in Greece. The Minoans thrived roughly 4 to 5 THOUSAND years ago. The most significant Minoan site of interest is Knossos, which was discovered by the archaeologist Arthur Evans in the year 1900 CE.

The Minoans were a seafaring people who partook in extensive trading with far off lands such as Spain, Egypt, and Mesopotamia. They are also assumed to have lived in a relatively peaceful society based on the images portrayed in their art, as well as them not having any defensive walls around their cities. Continue reading The Minotaur Clogged a Toilet in Atlantis?!

Initial Goals

Hey guys, currently the site looks a bit barren. I just got everything ready to go last night before bed. Currently I’m working on getting familiar with WordPress as well as preparing some initial content to cover. 

As it stands now I’m looking to start by covering the ancient Greek Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations. I’m not sure if I’ll cover any specific historical figures from the civilizations initially or come back to the later. One historical figure I’m leaning towards covering early on will be the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius. 
I also believe I will do posts on relevant movies, TV shows, books, and since I am a gamer, historically themed games. I’m looking at you Age of Empires and Civilization. 

If anyone has any comments, suggestions for topics they’d like to see covered don’t be afraid to comment on the posts, email me at jvaught@ancivs.com, or reach out on social media. I’m on Facebook @ancivs and Twitter @ancivsblog. 

Aspiring Historian, John Vaught