Rome’s First Princess - The Banishment of Julia Augusti
Saturday October 17, 2020 2:00pm EST
by Mary Naples
Rome’s First Princess -   The Banishment of Julia Augusti

All of Rome was in an uproar. No one had imagined that even a cold fish like Augustus was capable of exiling his only biological child, Julia, to a barren and windswept island—as punishment for the high crime of adultery. Yet it was not enough for her to be merely banished from her beloved Rome.  Augustus further decreed that aside from the guards who kept watch, no men were allowed on that stygian enclave. The implication was that since she was deemed a woman of ill-repute, being deprived of male companionship would make for a more exacting punishment. Along those same lines, wine was forbidden, and food provisions were at a bare minimum. In other words, for all intents and purposes, Julia was in prison.

Over these long millennia, Julia’s reputation has been maligned by ancient writers and contemporary historians alike, but was it something other than loose morals that set her father against her? Make no mistake being labeled a woman of ill-repute was reason enough to land Julia on the prison island during the authoritarian Augustan era. All the same, according to Suetonius, Augustus debated putting his daughter to death. Given the severity of her father’s reaction to the disgrace, some believe that Julia’s fall was the result of a political intrigue to overthrow him. But with her two eldest sons primed for the throne, why act against her better interests? This presentation explores the possible reasons behind the harsh exile of Rome’s first princess, delving into the politics of the era and the climate of paranoia and suspicion within the Julio-Claudian clan itself.

Mary NaplesWith an emphasis in Women’s Studies, Mary Naples earned an M.A. in Humanities from Dominican University of California in 2013. Her master’s thesis: “Demeter’s Daughter’s: How the Myth of the Captured Bride Helped Spur Feminine Consciousness in Ancient Greece,” examines how female participants found empowerment in a feminine fertility festival. Her deep love of the classical world is reflected in her writing which explores women’s narratives ranging from the ancient Greek and Roman worlds into the Byzantine era and even into ancient Israel and Judea. After a career in high-tech, Mary lives in Sausalito, California with her husband and cat, Maddie. There she has a collection of books on the classical world and a garden with a Cretan-styled labyrinth. Visit Mary’s website:

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Which Macedonian Royal Lies in The Tomb at Amphipolis?
Saturday September 5, 2020 2:00pm EST
by Andrew M Chugg
Amphipolis Tomb

In the time of Alexander the Great and his successors, Amphipolis was one of the greatest cities of ancient Greece. It is situated upon the eastern bank of the River Strymon, about three miles inland from the northern shore of the Aegean Sea. Shortly after Alexander’s death, it became the site of the largest tomb ever built in Greece. This took the form of a circular tumulus, now named the Kasta Mound. A sequence of excavations has uncovered a perimeter wall, known as the peribolos, constructed of the finest marble. The presence of a cist grave beneath the floor of the last chamber and the exhumation of human remains within its anciently disturbed trench attest clearly to the status of the mound as the monument for a burial. The vastness of this monument and the superlative quality of its decoration compels one to believe that the occupant of the grave was a personage of the very highest importance. Andrew Michael Chugg investigates several tantalizing clues indicating a female member of the Macedonian royal house.

Andrew Michael ChuggAndrew Michael Chugg read Natural Sciences at Trinity College in the University of Cambridge in the UK, graduating with honors. He has appeared as an Alexander expert on BBC Radio, and in several National Geographic TV documentaries. He has also written various books on Alexander including The Quest for the Tomb of Alexander the Great and Alexander’s Lovers. He recently completed a project to reconstruct the highly influential account of Alexander’s reign by Cleitarchus, which was written in Alexandria in the second quarter of the third century BC, but which has been lost since the time of the Roman Empire. The entire reconstruction was published in a single 700-page volume in 2015. Andrew is currently working on an account of the largest and most important tomb ever found in Greece in the Kasta Mound at Amphipolis, and on a scientific analysis of the Pharos lighthouse in Alexandria, the Seventh Wonder of the ancient world.

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The Life and Death of Ancient Cities
Saturday August 8, 2020 2:00pm EST
by Professor Greg Woolf
The Life and Death of Ancient Cities: a Natural History

When one imagines the ancient Mediterranean world, it is often a world of spectacular cities, whose monuments and institutions provided the model for the vast urban worlds we inhabit today. Recent research has emphasized some of the differences between our world and theirs. Today, more than half the world's population lives in huge cities with populations in the millions. Then, maybe only one in ten people lived in towns and they were small—really small—with populations of just a few thousand. Even by the standards of ancient Egypt or Mesopotamia the cities of the Greeks, Romans, Etruscan, and Phoenicians were tiny.

Professor Greg Woolf talks about the implications and shows how evolutionary theory explains the rise of cities across the world in the last 6,000 years, and how ecology explains the very small scale of Mediterranean urbanism. He will illustrate how, despite their small size, these urban experiments proved so influential on the societies that came after Greece and Rome.

Professor Greg Woolf Professor Greg Woolf is an historian and archaeologist specializing in the Roman empire. He has published on various aspects of the ancient economy, on ancient literacy, on Roman religion, on late prehistoric Europe, and on ancient history in the very long term. His books include Becoming Roman. The origins of provincial civilization in Gaul (1998), Et tu Bruté? The murder of Caesar and political assassination (2006), Tales of the Barbarians: Ethnography and Empire in the Roman West (2011) and Rome. An Empire’s Story (2012) and his latest The Life and Death of Ancient Cities. A Natural History (2020).

Greg Woolf has degrees from Oxford and Cambridge and between 1989 and 1998 held fellowships at various colleges in the two universities. In 1998 he became Professor of Ancient History at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

Since January 2015 he has been Professor of Classics at the University of London and Director of the Institute of Classical Studies in the School of Advanced Study. He is also an Honorary Professor of Archaeology at University College London.

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A Tour of Turkey and the Mystical Göbekli Tepe
Sunday June 28, 2020 2:00pm EST
by Andrew Collins
A Tour of Turkey and the Mystical Göbekli Tepe

A lifetime of experiencing ancient wonders of the world is not complete without visiting the incredible ancient sites and sacred spaces of Turkey and Anatolia, featuring the earliest religious structures built by mankind.

Dive into history and culture: Çatal Höyük,  Mount Nimrod, the Hittite centers of Hattusa and Alaca Höyük, Istanbul’s Blue Mosque, Ankara's archaeological museum, Şanlıurfa’s Pools of Abraham, the mysterious landscape of Cappadocia including the underground city of Derinkuyu, and many more sites besides.

Author Andrew Collins takes us on a virtual tour of the ancient sites of Turkey—including mystical Göbekli Tepe—with special guest Jim Willis.

Andrew CollinsAndrew Collins is a history and science writer, as well as more than a dozen books that challenge the way we see the past. Among them are Gobekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods, The Cygnus Key, Beneath the Pyramids and Denisovan Origins, co-authored with Greg L. Little. He is the co-discover of a massive cave system beneath the pyramids of Giza, now known as Collins’ Cave, and has been at the forefront of research into Gobekli Tepe for last 20 years. He lives in England. His website is





Jim WillisJim Willis is the author of twelve books on religion and spirituality including Lost Civilizations (Visible Ink Press, 2019), and The Quantum Akashic Field (Findhorn/Inner Traditions, 2019). He has served as an adjunct college professor in the fields of world religions and instrumental music while working as a part-time carpenter, as well as the host of his own drive-time radio show, an arts council director, and guest lecturer, speaking about topics ranging from historical studies to contemporary spirituality.


COME WITH US: Our experts will guide you through amazing ancient sites when we tour Turkey in person later this year! Get insider information you wouldn’t get anywhere else; discover the hidden mysteries, the sacred meanings, the physical and astronomical significance of the sites.

Book your place now and join us in September on the Ancient Origins Göbekli Tepe Tour.

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Who was the Historical Osiris?
Saturday June 20, 2020 2:00pm EST
by Dr. Willem McLoud

Who was the Historical Osiris? A new ancient Middle Eastern chronological model reveals an age-old secret

Osiris was one of the most popular gods of ancient Egypt, a god who first made his appearance in Egypt during the Fifth Dynasty. He was, strangely—albeit fascinatingly—remembered as a great civilizing king who traveled the world. He was called “Lord of all the Earth” and received the Atef crown from Re, signifying absolute kingship and rule over the cosmos. One of the great enigmas of Egyptology is who the historical Osiris was. Who was the real king behind the myth?

A newly discovered cuneiform text has changed it all. This text is a literary fragment from the Epic of Gulkišar, who ruled over the Sealand in southern Babylon during the period when Babylon was destroyed by the Hittite king, Mursili I. The information contained in this fragment of the epic has overturned the old ways of thinking about ancient Middle Eastern chronology, providing strong backing and support for a new ancient Middle Eastern chronology, which casts Osiris and his origins in a totally new light.

Dr. Willem McLoudDr. Willem McLoud is an independent South African scholar whose main interests are ancient Middle Eastern studies, Kantian philosophy, and philosophy of science. He has a PhD in Nuclear Physics (Nuclear Fusion) from the University of Natal, a MA in Philosophy of Science from the University of Cape Town as well as a MBL from UNISA. Willem’s main areas of study regarding the ancient Middle East are the Sumerian, Akkadian, and early Egyptian civilizations, with special focus on the Uruk and Akkadian Periods in Mesopotamian history, as well as the Old Kingdom Period in Egyptian history. He has pioneered a new ancient Middle Eastern chronological model in which the Mesopotamian high chronology is correlated with the Egyptian low chronology.

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The Origin of Languages and Scripts
Saturday May 23, 2020 2:00pm EST
by Dr. Fanie Vermaak
The Origin of Languages and Scripts

Why don’t we still use Egyptian hieroglyphs? What happened to Mesopotamian cuneiform?

Writing originated more or less at the same time and in the same manner by approximately the middle of the fourth millennium BC all along the great rivers of the world, with the Chinese script along the Wuang-Ho River, the Indian script along the Indus River, the Egyptian hieroglyphs along the Nile, and the Mesopotamian cuneiform signs along the Tigris and the Euphrates.

However, the alphabetical letters, as we use them today, have an extended history that dates back to the latter part of the second millennium BC. They most probably developed in the eastern part of the Mediterranean (present Syria and Lebanon). The more complicated writing systems in the Ancient Near East, such as the Egyptian hieroglyphs and the Mesopotamian cuneiform, could no longer effectively serve the trade processes and required a simpler alphabetical system to improve the communication system for everyday use in this geographical gateway area.

Special guest Dr. Fanie Vermaak returns to Ancient Origins Premium to present on the history and fates of ancient languages and scripts.

Dr. Fanie VermaakDr. Fanie Vermaak is a professor in Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of South Africa. With an initial background in theological studies (also ordained minister of the Dutch Reformed Church) he focuses on various cultural activities in the Ancient Near East, specializing in Sumerian and Egyptology.

Vermaak studied Theology and various Semitic Languages at the Universities of the Free State (Bloemfontein) and Stellenbosch, South Africa.  He specialized (PhD) in the cuneiform (Sumerian) studies of the Ur III period (2100-2000 BC) on the activities of the temple administrators of Southern Mesopotamia and published also extensively in this regard. He extended further studies with the various ancient gateways of the Near East towards also the outside world so far as the Indus Valley. Vermaak is also the chairperson of the Ancient Egypt and Near Eastern Society (AENES) who is responsible for the monthly evening lectures for the public sector (15 years). He served eight years on the national academic society called Southern African Society for Near Eastern Society. He is a founding member of the International Society of Cuneiform Studies. Fanie often acts as a Middle East analyst on various media and has a special interest in the ancient and modern Near East or Middle East.

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Breaking Bread with the Vikings - An Academy of Taste Webinar
Saturday April 25, 2020 2:00pm EST
by Alicia McDermott
Alicia McDermott

What kept the Vikings going during hard times?

In a world filled with uncertainty and worries about tomorrow, you may wonder what’s the point in thinking about who came before us, how they lived and died, or what they ate. The future is where we’re headed, why bother considering the ways of our ancestors, right?

I disagree. Apart from the debt we owe to our predecessors for helping us to be here now, we also can find comfort and knowledge about them and ourselves by exploring their/our traditions, their wisdom, their resilience in the face of hardships, their creativity, and the stories they have left behind.

We can read their tales and admire their art, but why stop there? Let’s explore their music, festivals, and even eat their food! We can bring them back to life, if just for a moment, to celebrate their diversity, creativity, and humanity. Reconnecting with our ancient origins is a great source of comfort, strength, and perhaps even amusement! They were us, so when we learn from their achievements and mistakes, we also learn about ourselves.

So, what does all of this have to do with food? Well, in many ways, both literally and culturally, food keeps us going. It’s what sustains us and unites us. All of life’s biggest events tend to happen with food somewhere in the picture. We have special meals for special days, indulgences to comfort us on dark nights, and little treats we give each other as tokens of affection.

For this webinar, we’re going to break bread with the Vikings and discover what the ancient Norse men and women shared around their hearths. I’m going to whip up one of the most popular foods in many cultures – bread – and you’re welcome to join me in the fun. If you’d like to try your hand as Viking chef in training, you’re going to need a few things: flour (wheat, oat, barley, rye…whatever’s available), milk, honey, an egg, salt, possibly some nuts, and an interest in learning a little more about what was on a Viking menu!

Food brings people together…no matter the time our space between us.

Alicia McDermott  Alicia McDermott is a researcher, editor, and writer at Ancient Origins. She has degrees in Anthropology, International Development Studies, and Psychology, and sees herself as a lifelong learner with an open mind.

Alicia has worked in various fields such as education, tourism, and anthropology. Traveling throughout Bolivia and Peru, as well as all-over Ecuador, Alicia has increased her knowledge of Pre-Colombian sites as well as learning more about modern Andean cultures and fine-tuning her Spanish skills. Alicia has had a passion for writing since she was a child and apart from creative writing, she has written various essays about Latin American social issues and archaeological sites.

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Where is the Body of Alexander the Great?
Saturday April 18, 2020 2:00pm EST
by Michael Chugg
Where is the Body of Alexander the Great?

What was the ultimate fate of Alexander’s body? Was it hidden in plain sight all along?

Two impressive artifacts have both independently been associated with the lost tomb of Alexander the Great; an Egyptian sarcophagus from Alexandria now in the British Museum, and a large, sculpted fragment of an ancient Macedonian tomb discovered in the foundations of St Mark’s Basilica in Venice.

The Alexandrian tradition regarding the sarcophagus can be shown to date back at least 500 years. St Mark’s in Venice was built to accommodate the mummy, supposed to be that of St Mark the Evangelist, brought from Alexandria in 828 AD. But this mummy and its tomb appeared in Alexandria at the same time (391 AD) as Alexander’s body and tomb disappeared— and in the same location. Therefore, the Macedonian tomb fragment has been used to support a theory that Alexander’s mummy was re-labelled as St Mark’s remains, due to paganism being made illegal by the Roman emperor in that year.

Recently, a startling new connection between the ‘Star-Shield block’ in Venice and the sarcophagus in the British Museum has been recognized: the block precisely fits the sarcophagus as part of an outer tomb casing both in height and in length, a fact obscured until now by damage to both objects. Since the fit is accurate to within the limits of measurement, it is highly improbable that it has come about by chance. Rather, this new evidence confirms the overall theory regarding the fate of Alexander’s tomb and greatly enhances the possibility that the skeleton of the mummy that still lies in St Mark’s is actually Alexander the Great!

Andrew Michael Chugg read Natural Sciences at Trinity College in the University of Cambridge in the UK, graduating with honors. He has appeared as an Alexander expert on BBC Radio, and in several National Geographic TV documentaries. He has also written various books on Alexander including The Quest for the Tomb of Alexander the Great and Alexander’s Lovers. He recently completed a project to reconstruct the highly influential account of Alexander’s reign by Cleitarchus, which was written in Alexandria in the second quarter of the third century BC, but which has been lost since the time of the Roman Empire. The entire reconstruction was published in a single 700-page volume in 2015. Andrew is currently working on an account of the largest and most important tomb ever found in Greece in the Kasta Mound at Amphipolis, and on a scientific analysis of the Pharos lighthouse in Alexandria, the Seventh Wonder of the ancient world.

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The Secrets of Mohenjo Daro - Destroyed by ‘atomic heat’ 4000 years ago?
Saturday March 28, 2020 2:00pm EST
by Enrico Baccarini
The Secrets of Mohenjo Daro – Destroyed by ‘atomic heat’ 4000 years ago?

What really happened to the ancient city of Mohenjo Daro?

Join Professor Enrico Baccarini on a voyage to an unexplored world, on a journey beyond the boundaries of human history. For over 5,000 years the Indus Valley has jealously guarded a forgotten past, a secret locked inside of the oldest traditions known to human history. This is the history of a highly evolved and sophisticated civilization which suddenly disappeared into oblivion, but left us a legacy of a large number of texts transmitted orally and later merged into Hinduism.

Mohenjo-Daro, in the Indus Valley, (modern-day Pakistan) was inexplicably and suddenly destroyed 4,000 years ago by an explosion so powerful that, according to our current knowledge of the matter, the only force capable of producing similar effects is a nuclear explosion. Tens of centuries ago, ancient Sanskrit texts describe the Vimana—terrifying wars between men and gods, fought with flying machines, rockets and weapons so deadly that they easily compare to modern ones.

In the 1970’s David William Davenport conducted a comparative study of the original Sanskrit texts, Rig Veda, Mahabharata, Ramayana, dozens of archeology texts, and above all, an ancient manual of "aeronautics", and found Mohenjo Daro was suddenly hit with a heat shockwave of many thousands of degrees Celsius for a very short time, which razed the city to the ground, charring many of its inhabitants, and glazing bricks and pottery.

Recent rock samples taken on the site have been thoroughly analyzed while new and incredible documents never published before have emerged from the Davenport archives. In this webinar anthropologist and professor Enrico Baccarini introduces this unpublished material as well as the archaeo-metallurgical analyzes of the rock samples by Prof. Roberto Volterri.

Prof Enrico BaccariniProfessor Enrico Baccarini is a journalist, writer, and editor. He has a Master’s degree in Psychology, a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology, and a Bachelor's degree in Asian Studies. He is Professor of Oriental Studies, at the Maitri University.

He has participated as a guest and author in broadcasts for the main Italian radio and television channels, such as MEDIASET and RAI, and international channels such as the History Channel and the Japanese NHK. He is currently the owner of ENIGMA EDIZIONI ( and is the Director in Chief of HERA Magazine. He has been a speaker at conferences in Italy and abroad in numerous national and international scientific conferences and is the author of 17 books published in Italy UK, USA, Brazil.

For more, see Enrico Baccarini’s book:

Vimanas and the wars of the gods: The Rediscovery of a Lost Civilization, of a Forgotten Science and of an Ancient Lore of India and Pakistan

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The Hopi Ceremonial Cycles and Stonehenge
Saturday February 22, 2020 2:00pm EST
by Thomas Mills
The Hopi Ceremonial Cycles and Stonehenge

Thomas Mills returns to continue his fascinating presentation on the Hopi with evidence of the links between the Hopi Creation Story and the Egyptian hieroglyphs, and then he moves on to the Ceremonial Cycles.

North, South, East, and West have not always been located where they are today. There was an important reason why they have changed, what happened in the past, and what our ancestors wanted us to know about Earth’s delicate balance in space and our future at the present time.

Thomas MillsHas East always been East? If it was not, would ancient civilizations have left us clues where it was located in the past? Thomas uses his knowledge of the Ceremonial Cycles entrusted to him by the Hopi, to explain Stonehenge, the Pyramids, the Mayan Temples, and many other unexplained ancient sites located around the planet, to establish the timeline of their construction. He then uses this knowledge to find north and compares north to Charles Hapgood’s four North Pole locations in the past 100,000 years with amazing results—thus dating the sites and proving the Hopi Creation Story.

In the early ‘70s Thomas O. Mills had just turned 21 and was forced to quit his job to move to the Hopi Cultural Center to help his mother manage the new center.  Now, 50 years later he is sharing his vast knowledge of the Hopi via webinars, YouTube, and his two books. In his first book,  The Book of Truth, A New Perspective On The Hopi Creation Story he traces the Hopi story back to Egypt and puts new light on the murals, temples, and pyramids from that point of view, a view that rings true today. In his second book,  Stonehenge, If This Was East Mills uses his knowledge of the Hopi Ceremonial Cycles to find ancient east at a number of unexplained ancient sites around the world.

To be caught up, don’t miss the first half of this enlightening and enjoyable webinar:

The Hopi Creation Story: Links to Egyptian Hieroglyphs and Stonehenge

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