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WATCH: Map of how religion spread throughout the world

See when and where the five largest religions of the world became dominant.

7 Sanctuaries linked by a straight line: The legendary Sword of St. Michael

According to legend, the line represents the blow with which St. Michael sent the devil to hell.

Watch the Roman Empire rise and fall in 10 minutes

From the Early Roman Kingdom to the Eastern Roman Byzantine Empire, it's all here.

Watch 6,000 years of civilization unfold in just five minutes

From the beginning of Sumerian civilization to the year 2000, this animation gives you a tour around the history of human settlements.

How John F. Kennedy did what Al Smith could not

First Catholic US president remembered on the centenary of his birth

The youngest mummy in Egypt: An 18-week-old baby

The child was embalmed with the utmost care, and then tucked into a small cedar sarcophagus.

Who’s who in Raphael’s School of Athens?

Right, those are Plato and Aristotle, but what about everyone else?

Talk about “old jokes”…here’s some knee-slappers from ancient Rome

Heard any good bad breath jokes lately? They were big in 400 A.D.

The anatomical sketches of Leonardo, in a downloadable edition

The Buckingham Palace Royal Collection puts its Renaissance jewels at the disposal of all internet users.

Meet the Crypt of Original Sin

The Sistine Chapel of rock-hewn churches

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