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The Ancient World

ca. 2500 B.C. - 900 A.D.


The epics of Homer, the wars of Caesar, and temples and palaces characterize the image of classic antiquity and the cultures of ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. They are the sources from which the Western world draws the foundations of its philosophy, literature, and, not least of all, its state organization. The Greek city-states, above all Athens, were the birthplace of democracy. The regions surrounding the Mediterranean Sea and great parts of Northwest Europe were forged together into the Roman Empire, which survived until the time of the Great Migration of Peoples. Mighty empires also existed beyond the ancient Mediterranean world, however, such as those of the Mauryas in India and the Han in China.


Alexander the Great



Ancient India

321 B.C.-500 A.D.



llustrations by Ravi Varma

see also

Ramayana illustrations



Raja Ravi Varma (April 29, 1848- October 2, 1906) was an Indian painter from present day Kerala who achieved recognition for his depiction of scenes from the epics of the Mahabharata and Ramayana. His paintings are considered to be among the best examples of the fusion of Indian traditions with the techniques of European academic art.

Varma is most remembered for his paintings of beautiful sari clad women, who were portrayed as very shapely and graceful. His exposure in the west came when he won the first prize in Vienna Art Exhibition in 1873. After a successful career as a painter, Raja Ravi Varma died in 1906 at the age of 58. He is generally considered as one among the greatest painters in the history of Indian art.

Lord Krishna as Ambassador



Yashoda decorating Krishna

Descent of Ganger

Shakuntala despondent

Shakuntala writes to Dushyanta

Jatayu, a bird devotee of Lord Rama is mauled by Rawana

Victory of Meghanada

Lord Rama Conquers Varuna

Lord Krishna and Balaram Liberating their Parents from Kansa's Prison

Arjuna as a Sanyasi

Arjuna Subhadra

Shantanu and Satyavati

Draupadi and Simhika

Draupadi carrying milk honey

Godess Saraswathi playing Tambura on a river

Krishna Leela

Yashoda and Krishna

Lord Muruga and family

Lord Garuda




Bhishma Pledge


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