What Happened to the Knights Templar? (Video)

Originating in the fervor of the Crusades during the 12th century, the Knights Templar emerged as a dedicated order sworn to protect Christian pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land. Founded by a small cadre of French knights, led by Hugh de Paynes, they initially operated from the former Temple of Solomon, hence their appellation. Taking […]

The Epic Rise and Demise of the Khwarazmian Empire

The Khwarazmian Empire, spanning from the 11th to the 13th centuries, flourished as a formidable power in Central Asia. Situated along the Silk Road, its strategic location fostered vibrant trade and cultural exchange. Governed by the Khwarazmian Dynasty, it rose to prominence under leaders like Ala al-Din Tekish and his successor, Muhammad II. Renowned for […]

The Five Greatest Ancient Roman Politicians (Video)

The¬†Roman Republic, a crucible of political innovation, incubated the brilliance of figures whose legacies endure through the annals of history. Among these luminaries,¬†Cicero¬†stands as a colossus of rhetoric and statesmanship. His eloquence and resolve thwarted Catilina’s nefarious plot, safeguarding the sanctity of the Senate. Lucius Junius Brutus, draped in the enigmatic aura of myth, personified […]

The Horrors of the Spanish Inquisition Explained (Video)

At¬†Ancient Origins, we believe that one of the most important fields of knowledge we can pursue as human beings is our beginnings. And while some people may seem content with the story as it stands, our view is that there exist¬†countless mysteries, scientific anomalies and surprising artifacts that¬†have yet to be discovered and explained. The¬†goal […]

Five Fascinating Mysteries About Prehistoric Australia (Video)

The¬†Aboriginal culture¬†provides a captivating glimpse into ancient human societies, potentially tracing back to the earliest human migrations out of Africa. Before Western contact, their history was faithfully transmitted through¬†oral traditions, shedding light on prehistoric Australia. One intriguing mystery surrounds the arrival of humans in Australia, with debates over whether they arrived by primitive boats or […]

How Did Europe Step Into the Modern Era? (Video)

Historians contend that the advent of the Modern Era predates the digital age, tracing its origins back to the Renaissance period of the 1500s. This epochal shift emerged from the aftermath of the Black Death, which devastated Europe and catalyzed profound social and economic changes. Italy, in particular, emerged as a vibrant center of trade […]

Bloodsuckers Through the Ages – A History of Vampires (Video)

Vampire lore, originating from Eastern European folklore, has fascinated and terrified people for centuries, with various creatures haunting the imaginations of different cultures worldwide. Among them, the Upyr stands out as a prevalent type, feared for its iron-like teeth and penchant for preying on children before feasting on their parents. This vampire, unlike its nocturnal […]

When Ancient Humans Took Over the World (Video)

The global expansion of¬†Homo sapiens, originating in Africa approximately 300,000 to 350,000 years ago, underscores the species’ remarkable adaptability. With a behavioral flexibility that allows survival in diverse environments, humans have successfully populated every continent. Fossil evidence, such as those from Jebel Irhoud in Morocco, showcases early Homo sapiens with modern facial features, challenging previous […]

Seven Fascinating Things about Greek History (Video)

In the annals of history, Greek civilization stands as a beacon of innovation and intrigue. Delving beyond the well-trodden paths of mythology and philosophy, we uncover seven captivating facets of Greek history. Firstly, the ingenuity of the ancient Greeks in matters of hygiene surprises: from the unconventional use of stones and ceramic fragments for personal […]