The King Who Couldn’t Be Poisoned

Allegedly, due to the assassination of his father by poisoning, King Mithridates (135–63 BC) of Pontus -an ancient Kingdom around the Black Sea- frequently ingested small quantities of a particular poison antidote to obtain immunity.

Caligula and his soldiers fight the water

Roman Emperor Caligula is famous in history for being downright crazy. One of his lesser known feats was that he once marched his army to the beach and declared war on Neptune, the Roman god of the sea. After fighting the water for some time, Caligula claimed victory and told his men to collect seashells as spoils of war. A …

Marib, the Kingdom of Saba and the Worlds oldest dam

At one point in time, Marib (in present day Yemen) was the capital of the Kingdom of Saba, which is mentioned in Christian, Jewish and Islamic texts. This city is also the site of the Marib Dam which blocked the Wadi Adhanah river and is the oldest known dam in the World.

Derinkuyu: Ancient Underground City

In 1969, a large underground city was rediscovered in Derinkuyu, Turkey.  It was built in approximately 800 – 700 BC and contains an intricate system of tunnels and several dozens of rooms up to 60 meters (196 ft) deep.