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The Ancient Japanese Underworld – Part 1

Japanese Mythology Mythology and legends are widespread across this world and are full of stories that have stuck with us for thousands of years, many could even be based on stories even older than the oldest we know of. Stories like those of the Greek Gods, the Egyptian Pharos, Gilgamesh, […]

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Murder at Yusupov Palace – Part 2

Rasputin’s background stands in stark contrast to that of Felix Yusupov II’s wealthy upbringing. Grigori Rasputin was born in 1869 to a family of peasants in the Siberian village of Pokrovskoye, a place that you can still visit today. From here he took a pilgrimage in 1897 to a monastery, […]

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Murder at Yusupov Palace – Part 1

For such a large country its quite surprising that Russia’s history pre-World War II isn’t really what you’d call mainstream worldwide. Perhaps it’s because of Russia’s tenuous relationship with the US that this has become the case. We mostly see depictions of a Soviet Russia, communists against the American way […]

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China’s Immortal Terracotta Army – Part 2

As time went on Qin Shi Huang became obsessed with living forever, the thought of dying terrified him. He was determined to find the ‘elixir of life’ in order to achieve immortality and was desperate for his scholars and alchemists to find him something that would defeat this inevitability and […]

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India’s Fatehpur Sikri

India is truly one of the most majestic countries in the world, each year thousands of backpackers visit the country in order to see its culture, its astonishing wildlife and its fascinating history. It is the second most populated country in the world and as such is home to people […]

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Ancient History in Ethiopia

As with many of countries residing in the continent of Africa, Ethiopia is perhaps best known for its natural beauty but did you know it actually plays host some significant manmade structures that tell tales of a great civilisation now lost to time? It is in the historic city of […]

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All Roads Lead to Rome – Part 2

The Pantheon The Pantheon was first built around 29-18 BCE, commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the rain of Rome’s first true Emperor, Augustus. Previously a lieutenant to Julius Caesar, Agrippa later helped Augustus seize power, it was him that defeated Mark Antony and Cleopatra. He was rewarded with lands in […]

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All Roads Lead to Rome – Part 1

There is simply no denying the importance of the History of the city of Rome, once the home to one of the most world changing empires that we’ve ever known. To this day they are still remarked on as the “bringers of civilisation” to much of Europe. Their reach was […]