When the Romans decimated themselves

Nowadays, to be decimated is almost synonymous with being annihilated. The origin of the term is from Roman times. The word decimation literally means “removal of a tenth” in Latin.

In the Name of Spain

Spain has gone through several interesting name changes in its long history. When the area was first settled by immigrants from the desert around 3000 B.C., they were impressed by the vast amount of flowing water they found and named it “Iberia”, from “iber”, their word for river.

Nigeria’s Nok Culture

The Nok culture was a civilization in Northern Nigeria which existed sometime between 1000 BCE and 300 CE. Only rediscovered in the 1920s during mining, it has been forgotten for almost 2000 years.

Sister Queens

A parade honoring the Trung Sisters

Vietnam’s history goes back for several thousand years. For much of this time, Vietnamese women were sometimes in positions of great power and -unlike China or Japan- played a big part in Vietnams history. The most famous example is perhaps the story of the Sister Queens:  Trung Trac and Trung Nhi (ca. 12 D – 43AD) were two sisters who led …