the past and all that is in it

From Caesar to Napoleon, the Pyramids to the Parthenon, the Trojan War to the Civil War—National Geographic HISTORY draws readers in with more than 5,000 years of people, places, and things to explore.

Want more HISTORY? Subscribe to get full access. Already subscribing? Activate your access or sign in.

The latest
Did Michelangelo fake this iconic ancient statue?
Did Michelangelo fake this iconic ancient statue?
Queen Elizabeth I's favorite pirate was an English hero, but his career has a dark side
Queen Elizabeth I's favorite pirate was an English hero, but his career has a dark side
Chariot racing was the NASCAR of ancient Rome
Chariot racing was the NASCAR of ancient Rome
Queen Victoria's 300-pound wedding cake set a big trend
Queen Victoria's 300-pound wedding cake set a big trend
Where did the Queen of Sheba rule—Arabia or Africa?
Where did the Queen of Sheba rule—Arabia or Africa?