Shocking facts about ancient civilizations of the world

We will never find out what exactly life was like hundreds and thousands years ago. Still, there are some known facts about ancient civilizations – and most of them are absolutely mind-blowing.

Did these facts about ancient civilizations surprise you? Do you know any other interesting facts about the most ancient civilizations in history?

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garrett scott
Interesting but hardly shocking. This site, while I enjoy it, seems to abuse word meanings making one wonder about the education of the writers.
Oct 19, 2021 5:01PM
Satish Chandran
Ancient civilization along the river Vaigai is being unearthed recently in Tamil Nadu, South India.
Sep 22, 2021 10:02PM
Sally Onyett
Ilias , I knew this as have been lucky enough to visit the colosseum and have seen paintings of it. Hard to believe but true. 😜
Jan 7, 2021 7:04PM
David Holmes
Part of my High School history course was a year of ancient history. I remembered all of this after all the years that have passed (I would have studied Ancient History in 1961!) Shows what a brilliant teacher we had for that part of the course. Thanks Mr Wright.
Sep 27, 2020 1:28PM
Tom Thielemier
Nick Hand, we were told the same facts about the winning team was sacrificed.
Sep 22, 2020 10:23PM
Frank Mallory
Ancient Egypt was conquered in the 300 BC/BCE by Alexander the Great and one of his generals founded the Ptolemaic dynasty of Greek/Macedonian rulers who were conquered by the Romans about 300 years later.
Aug 9, 2020 12:10PM
Nick Hand
Want to query the one about the ball game the Mayans played. When I visited Chichen Itza a few years ago, I was taught it was a member of the winning team that was sacrificed, to provide nothing but the best for the Gods. Amazingly, the players actually aspired to this honour. Gives a whole new meaning to the term 'sudden death goal'....
Jul 22, 2020 6:03AM
Don Agey
#4 Ancient Greece didn't separate church, state and their everyday lives. This country would be better off if that were true here
Jul 19, 2020 6:33PM
John New
They actually had a reservoir outside the colosseum for this very purpose.Ilias Tsiabardas,
Jul 19, 2020 10:51AM
God and angel gave them the knowledge.
Jul 18, 2020 11:54PM
Susan Golebiewski
Facts I never knew. Thank you.
Jul 18, 2020 9:27PM
This was all interesting! I love history!
Jul 18, 2020 6:44PM
Ilias Tsiabardas, I've read this in several books!😊👍
Jul 18, 2020 6:43PM
Julie Allen
Dennis Oehler, As were most people and still are.
Jul 18, 2020 5:40PM
Peter Frederick Williams
Various forms of distance measurement, including EDM and later on GPS, were created to improve warfare capabilities
Jul 18, 2020 5:36PM

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