Tripoli, Libya (7th Century BCE- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Tripoli has been the capital of Libya since its independence in 1951. Tripoli is the largest city in the country and in 2002 it had an estimated population of 1,223,300 people. The city is also the chief seaport, commercial, transport, communication, … Read MoreTripoli, Libya (7th Century BCE- )

Greece and Egypt: How a Single Coin Reflects an Ancient and Enduring Relationship

African Head on a Greek Coin, ca. 450 BCE ©Private Collection, New York In the following article Mediterranean Antiquities historians Carol Thomas and David Coblentz, use an African-headed Greek coin to explore the little known yet often controversially debated historical relationship between Ancient Greece and … Read MoreGreece and Egypt: How a Single Coin Reflects an Ancient and Enduring Relationship

Kobe Bryant (1978- )

Image Ownership: Public Domain Professional basketball superstar Kobe Bryant has played for the Los Angeles (California) Lakers since 1996 when he came to the team as an 18-year-old, the youngest player in National Basketball Association (NBA) history. Bryant is a long-time philanthropist, using his well-known … Read MoreKobe Bryant (1978- )

African Military Slaves in the Muslim Middle East

In the following article Professor Emeritus Jere L. Bacharach, a specialist in Medieval Middle Eastern history, describes the little known saga of one of the largest groups of persons of African descent in the region, military slaves.  These enslaved men, utilized for centuries in the … Read MoreAfrican Military Slaves in the Muslim Middle East