• Troy

    Near East

    Geographically, the Near East extends from the western coasts of Turkey and the Levant to the eastern border of Iran. All its different civilizations, which span millennia, are culturally and historically referred to as 'Near Eastern'. 

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    • Forum Romanum c. 1854

    Roman world

    Rome, the village on the Palatine would develop into the centre of the world.

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    Did the Etruscans come from Asia Minor or did the Etruscan culture developed in Italy? Many distinctly Etruscan features are equally evident.

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    • Black-figure pottery from Athens.

    Attic pottery production

    The black-figure technique was invented in Corinth in about 700 B.C. and adopted by the Athenian workshops in approximately 630 B.C. How were the characteristic black-figure and red-figure vases actually made?

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    • The Parthenon in Athens.

    Greek world

    The Greek world comprises more than modern Greece. Colonies were founded in Sicily, southern Italy and the west coast of modern Turkey. After the defeat of Persia Greece flourished.

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    • Excavations in Alexandria.

    Greco-Roman Egypt

    Since the arrival of Alexander the Great Egypt was administered by the Greeks, and after the death of Cleopatra, the Roamn Emperors took over.

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