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Ancient Indonesia

The History of the Indonesian Archipelago


Comprising over seventeen thousand islands, Indonesia has been a strategic center of trade since ancient times, and is home to the ancient cultures of Bali, Java and Sumatra

Ancient Portugal

The Ancient Lusitanian World


The Lusitanians are the ancestors of the Portuguese, and were the last Celtiberian tribe to submit to Roman rule, and were considered among the most rebellious tribes in Iberia

Ancient Turkey

The Ancient Civilizations of Anatolia


At the crossroads of Europe and Asia, it was here that the some of the earliest people, the Hurrians and Hittites, formed the first European military empires

Ancient Spain

The Ancient Celtiberian World


The Celtiberians were the original inhabitants of Spain, and were a mixture of of a Celtic and indigenous Iberian people with a distinct early European culture

Ancient France

The Ancient World of the Gauls and Franks


From Clovis, the legendary first King of France, to the brutal Gallic Wars fought against Caesar's Rome, the world of ancient France is a fascinating chapter in the history of early Europe

Ancient Ireland

The Ancient Celtic World


The enigmatic Celts left their most enduring stamp on Ireland, their last holdout from the migrations that pushed them to the periphery of the British Isles

Ancient Ethiopia

The Ancient Kingdoms of Abyssinia


The Ancient Ethiopians lay claim to
having the oldest continuous Kingdom in the world, starting over four thousand years ago with the Kingdom of Axum

Ancient Argentina

The Culture and History of the Pampas


The land of the Argentine Pampas was once teaming with wildlife and a little known indigenous culture that lived in one of the world's largest grasslands

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Under founding of denmark the picture of a statue is not gorm the old, but holger danske/ ogier the dane.
Holger Danske is normally regarded as a Danish national symbol. He is first mentioned in literature as one of the French king Charlemagne’s warriors in La Chanson de Roland from around 1060. In this Chanson he is called Oger le Danois, his name being the only link to Denmark. In the later epos La Chevalerie d’Ogier de Danemarche (1200-1215) he is portrayed as the main character and is described as a son of the Danish king Gudfred (d. 810), an enemy of Charlemagne.

His first appearance in Nordic literature is in the saga Karlemagnússaga from the latter part of the 1200s, which in the main consists of passages translated from French texts. His name here is given as Oddgeir danski. This saga was translated into Danish during the 1400s and thereafter Holger Danske became part of Danish folklore with several accounts in the Danish Chronicle first published around 1509.

The Danish national writer Hans Christian Andersen in 1845 wrote the fairytale Holger Danske, where he is described as sitting fast asleep in the casemates of the Castle of Kronborg, with his beard having grown into the table in front of him and his sword in his lap, prepared to wake up to action in case of Denmark being threatened from outside forces. Today his statue can be seen in the casemates of Kronborg as described by Hans Christian Andersen.

During the German occupation of Denmark in 1940-45 one of the principal partisan organizations was named after Holger Danske.

in Ancient Denmark