Chiang statues become targets as Taiwan confronts history

by Benjamin Yeh | Chinese tourists visiting the late nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek park in northern Taoyuan
02 Aug 2015
One has been beheaded, others defaced. Some are dressed in costumes by pranksters. Statues of Taiwan's former ruler Chiang Kai-shek have been increasingly targeted as the island confronts its authoritarian past.   Though still...

New Bayreuth Wagner museum confronts family Nazi ties head on

A visitor takes a picture of a bust of German composer Richard Wagner at the Richard Wagner Museum in Bayreuth, Germany, July 24, 2015. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
25 Jul 2015
A renovated Richard Wagner Museum opening in Bayreuth this weekend to coincide with the Bavarian city's annual Wagner opera festival puts the composer's anti-Semitism and his family's later ties to Adolf Hitler center stage for...

King Tut series displayed on Spike Channel

20 Jul 2015
The American TV channel Spike has started to air a six-hour drama about the Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun dubbed "Tut."   The series will be displayed over a period of three days.   The Canadian actor Avan Jogia plays...

10 Stories From Famous Wars That Aren’t Really True

A father holds the body of his child as South Vietnamese Army Rangers look down from their armored vehicle. The child was killed as government forces pursued guerrillas into a village near the Cambodian border 
17 Jul 2015
History is a fickle mistress, especially when it comes to wars. For the most part, the winners are the ones who get to say what happened. Sometimes, those stories become a bit ridiculous and sometimes those stories are just not remotely...

Bibliotheca Alexandrina publishes book on Egyptian ancient language

22 Jun 2015
The Writing and Scripts Center, affiliated to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, has issued a new book entitled ‘Words From Life in Ancient Egypt’, written by Marwa al-Qady.   The book teaches children the principles of the...

Egyptian shroud set for rare auction in Paris

by Joshua Melvin, Antoine Froidefond | A photo taken in Paris on June 1, 2015 shows the funerary linen of a man called Ta-Nedjem dating from the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt (1400-1300 BC). The rare polychrome linen square with a funerary painting is set top be auctioned on June 18
16 Jun 2015
A rare ancient Egyptian burial cloth more than 3,000 years old is to go under the hammer on Thursday in Paris, an exceptional sale of an artefact usually found only in museum collections.   The small square of vividly painted fabric...

Daily Mail: Limestone for the Great Pyramid would cost US$776 million today

10 Jun 2015
The British Daily Mail website has published an infographic estimating current costs of seven iconic landmarks.   The Great Pyramid of Giza, which took approximately 30 years to construct, came on top of the list at just under US$1...

Team documents Cairo's nostalgic street ads

Batman ad
09 Jun 2015
Sundus Seif Eddin is a photographer and Amr Abu Tawila is a researcher who have documented old ads hand scripted on walls of Cairo's historic buildings as a witness of the changes that have occurred in Egyptian society. They call their...

Roars from the past: Colosseum unveils wild beasts trapdoor

by Laure Brumont | Up to 80,000 spectators at a time would throng to the Colosseum to see greats such as Carpophores -- who reportedly defeated a bear, lion, leopard and rhinoceros in one battle -- or cheer on sea battles held in the flooded arena
08 Jun 2015
It was the last thing they would see: a trapdoor opening in the floor of the Colosseum to unleash a snarling lion or bear, which sprang for the jugular as the crowds roared.   Where prisoners sentenced to a grisly death in ancient...

Napoleon Bonaparte in 10 dates

Napoleon Bonaparte in 10 dates

31 May 2015
 Key dates in the epic life of Napoleon Bonaparte, the French military and political leader who rose to prominence in the wake of the French revolution:   - August 15, 1769: Napoleon is born at Ajaccio on the island of Corsica,...