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November, 26

Discovery of Tutankhamun's Tomb - November 26
Hello Atlantica Players,
Today in 1933 is the day English archaeologist Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings.
Carter was the first Chief Inspector of the Egyptian Antiquities Service (EAS) and supervised a number of excavations over 10 years. Tutankhamun's tomb was by far the best preserved and most intact pharaonic tomb ever found in the Valley of the Kings.
The reason this tomb was able to hide from so many grave robbers was because of Ramses I's tomb. When Egyptians built Ramses I's tomb right on top of Tutankhamun's, shattered rock pieces fell on top of Tutankhamun's tomb, covering it completely.



Isabella I - November 26
Today's second story is about Isabella I, and this day in 1504 is the day of her death.
When the Queen of Spain Isabella I was born, Spain consisted of four kingdoms: Castile, Aragon, Granada, and Navarre.
The marriage between Isabella, the heir to the Kingdom of Castile, and Ferdinand, the heir to the Kingdom of Aragon, was the first step in the unification of Spain.
Soon, Isabella wanted to unite all of Spain. After neutralizing the power of Castile's noble families, she wanted to take over Granada.
It took 10 years to conquer Granada, culminating in the unification of Spain politically and religiously.
Isabella I died on November 26, 1504, unable to achieve her dream of uniting all of Europe. However, her grandson Carlos I would later unite the European Empire.

Did you know?Sima QianNPC - Sima Qian
Sima Qian (c. 145 B.C.E. – 90 B.C.E.) was a prefect of the Grand Scribes of the Han dynasty. He is regarded as the father of Chinese historiography because of his highly praised work, Shiji ("History Record"), an overview of the history of China covering more than two thousand years from the Yellow Emperor to Emperor Han Wudi. His work laid the foundation for later Chinese historiography.

Sima Qian’s style of writing was easy to read, full of humor and, less formal than most classical language, his history was therefore accessible to a wide readership. The text is regarded as one of the most significant texts from the Han period. Knowledge was thus made available at a popular level, assisting the process of democratization of learning in China where civil service largely depended on merit and on scholarly accomplishment, not on nobility of birth or ability to purchase a public appointment.

Sima Qian's contribution to historiography included an emphasis on the human element in history rather than attributing all events to supernatural causes, which was a departure from tradition.

Source: New World Encyclopedia