Watched Places

Ancient England

The Ancient Cultures of Britain

England

The island of Brittania, as it was known to the ancients, is home to ancient monoliths like Stonehenge and the ruins of Roman Cities
and later Anglo-Saxon settlements

Ancient Philippines

The Ancient Philippine Archipelago

Philippines

The more then seven thousand islands that make up the Philippine Archipelago are home to one of the most diverse cultural regions of the ancient southeast Asian world

Ancient Persia

The Ancient Persian Empire

Persia

After the fall of the earliest Mesopotamian civilizations, the Persian Empire rose to become the greatest military force in the ancient world

Ancient Finland

The Ancient World of the Finnish People

Finland

The Finno-Ugric tribes that spread into the hinterlands of Northern Europe are some of the first people to migrate into Europe.

Ancient Scotland

The Ancient Gaelic World

Scotland

The Highlands, as the Scottish interior is known, is the land of William Wallace, and the heraldic Clans, and retains one of the last Gaelic cultures to survive since ancient times

Ancient Guatemala

The World of the Ancient Maya

Guatemala

Birthplace of the Lowland Maya, this region in Central America was home to Cancuén and Tikal, some of the most sophisticated city states to ever be encountered by Europeans in the new world.

Ancient Brazil

The Ancient Cultures of the Amazon

Brazil

The vast Amazon basin is home to a tropical rain forest larger then any on Earth, and even today the last vestiges of untouched Amerindian tribes still inhabit it's vast interior

Ancient Sweden

The Ancient Scandinavian World

Sweden

The Ancient Swedish Vikings traveled east from there Scandinavian homelands to raid cities as far south as Byzantium and established some of the earliest trading communities on the Volga



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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