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Lapita Pottery Sherds, Lapita Expansion

Lapita Pottery Sherds

c. 1220 BCE-910 BCE
Avanton Gold Cone, Bronze Age

Avanton Gold Cone

1000 BCE-900 BCE
Canopic Jars, Ancient Egypt

Canopic Jars

900 BCE
Harness Trapping in the Shape of a Horse, Bronze Age

Harness Trapping in the Shape of a Horse

900 BCE
Iron Axe Head, Iron Age

Iron Axe Head

900 BCE
Ritual grain server (Gui), Ancient China

Ritual grain server (Gui)

1000 BCE-900 BCE
Berlin Gold Hat, Bronze Age

Berlin Gold Hat

1000 BCE-800 BCE
Hut Urn, Iron Age

Hut Urn

800 BCE
Master-of-Animals Standard, Iron Age

Master-of-Animals Standard

800 BCE
The Iliad, Ancient Greece

The Iliad

Homer, translated by Samuel Butler, 800 BCE
The Odyssey, Ancient Greece

The Odyssey

Homer, 800 BCE
The Oldest Love Poem, Mesopotamia

The Oldest Love Poem

800 BCE
Circular “pilgrim” Flask, The Etruscans

Circular “pilgrim” Flask

750 BCE
Bronze Basin, Bronze Age

Bronze Basin

c. 700 BCE
Pair of Hands, The Etruscans

Pair of Hands

700 BCE
The Gilgamesh Flood Tablet, Mesopotamia

The Gilgamesh Flood Tablet

700 BCE
Gold Pectoral of Cerveteri, The Etruscans

Gold Pectoral of Cerveteri

675 BCE
Large Wall Fibula, The Etruscans

Large Wall Fibula

675 BCE
Aafenmut Canopic Jars, Ancient Egypt

Aafenmut Canopic Jars

712 BCE-664 BCE
Kushite priest wearing leopard's head, Kingdom of Kush

Kushite priest wearing leopard's head

712 BCE-664 BCE
Ram's-head Amulet, Kingdom of Kush

Ram's-head Amulet

712 BCE-664 BCE
Falcon of Horus, Ancient Egypt

Falcon of Horus

663 BCE
Isis Nursing Horus, Ancient Egypt

Isis Nursing Horus

663 BCE
Pyxis and Lid with Sphinx-Shaped Handle, The Etruscans

Pyxis and Lid with Sphinx-Shaped Handle

650 BCE
Chogha Zanbil, Mesopotamia

Chogha Zanbil

1250 BCE-640 BCE
Isis and Horus, Ancient Egypt

Isis and Horus

640 BCE
Bronze Etruscan Woman, The Etruscans

Bronze Etruscan Woman

600 BCE
Canopic Urn, The Etruscans

Canopic Urn

600 BCE
Olmec Head, La Venta Monument 1, Olmec Civilization

Olmec Head, La Venta Monument 1

1000 BCE-600 BCE
Phoenician-style ewer, The Iberians

Phoenician-style ewer

600 BCE

Man takes his law from the Earth; the Earth takes its law from Heaven; Heaven takes its law from the Tao.

Tao Te Ching

600 BCE
Moschophoros (calf-bearer), Ancient Greece

Moschophoros (calf-bearer)

560 BCE
Greek Drinking Vessel, Ancient Greece

Greek Drinking Vessel

550 BCE
Sphinx of Agost, The Iberians

Sphinx of Agost

550 BCE
Peplos Kore, Ancient Greece

Peplos Kore

530 BCE
Hochdorf Chieftain’s Grave, The Celts

Hochdorf Chieftain’s Grave

530 BCE
Vix Krater, Ancient Greece

Vix Krater

530 BCE
Apollo of Veii, The Etruscans

Apollo of Veii

550 BCE-520 BCE
Bicha of Balazote, The Iberians

Bicha of Balazote

500 BCE
Bronze Statuette of a Bull, Ancient Greece

Bronze Statuette of a Bull

500 BCE
Etruscan Mirror, The Etruscans

Etruscan Mirror

500 BCE
Mars de Todi, The Etruscans

Mars de Todi

500 BCE
Warrior of Capestrano, Ancient Rome

Warrior of Capestrano

500 BCE
Tetradrachm, Ancient Greece


499 BCE
Lady of Elche, The Iberians

Lady of Elche

499 BCE

Wonders are many, and none is more wonderful than man

Antigone, by Sophocles

442 BCE
Temple of Poseidon, Ancient Greece

Temple of Poseidon

444 BCE-440 BCE
Parthenon, Ancient Greece


Ictinus and Callicrates, 447 BCE-432 BCE

A stormy sea of wrong and ruining.

Prometheus Bound, by Aeschylus

430 BCE
Terracotta column-krater, Ancient Greece

Terracotta column-krater

430 BCE
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