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Calliope Magazine

Calliope Magazine merged with Dig to become Dig Into History Magazine, the best world history and archaeology magazine for kids ages 9 to 14.

Calliope was known for bringing world history to life in an exciting way and instilling an appreciation for the scientists who explore the past. If you’d like to explore past issues of Calliope, some of which are still available, you will find them below.

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  1. INCAS OF PERU

    INCAS OF PERU

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    Travel south to Peru and meet the fascinating Inca. Join Hiram Bingham as he braves the high altitude of the Andes in search of ancient ruins. Meet the "Ice Maiden" face-to face, and learn the myths of Lake Titiaca, the sun-god's birthplace. Find out why ancestor worship and mummy processions were important. Enter the time period when Pachacuti ruled and read how he reorganized the government, firmly established a strict form of taxation, and ordered the building of a great palace in the capital city of Cuzco. You'll also learn how the Inca built one of the world's greatest road systems, but used no wheeled vehicles. These topics are just of few of those covered in this exciting issue. Don't miss it! Learn More
  2. HATSHEPSUT: EGYPT'S WOMAN KING

    HATSHEPSUT: EGYPT'S WOMAN KING

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    A queen who would be king - that's the theme of this issue, and what an issue it is! Find out what the real significance of the royal beard is, and why Hatshepsut, as king, sported one. March in step with her army as she extends her control of lands far beyond the Nile's banks. Meet Senmut, the most trusted man in her empire, and marvel at the grand structures he oversaw as foreman. But, all was not "golden" in Hatshepsut's empire. Read the known facts and then decide for yourself what her end was - and whether her mummy has indeed been uncovered. Regardless of the title - whether it be king or queen - Hatshepsut is one person history will never forget! Learn More
  3. CATHERINE THE GREAT

    CATHERINE THE GREAT

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    "What a woman!" That's what you're sure to say after reading CALLIOPE's Catherine the Great. Imagine a young girl, not even Russian, becoming the ruler of that vast country! How did she do it? For the real scoop, you'll have to read this issue. Here's a sneak peek: To prepare herself for the role of empress, she changed her name and her religion and she learned Russian. When her husband left on a "short" trip, she took control of the government - and won. The capital, St. Petersburg, became her city - and wow, what she did to it! She was a great "blogger," which, in those days, meant letter-writer. She had a passion for culture - you're sure to be amazed at how she proved this! Never one to miss an opportunity: When she heard of a new method for preventing smallpox, she quickly decided, "Why not?" and had herself and her son and grandchildren inoculated. She loved France, but when the Revolution started, "Power to the people" would never become a motto for her. No, Catherine fought hard not to relinquish power. She said, "I shall be an autocrat, that's my job!" Learn More
  4. MAJESTIC KARNAK: EGYPT'S HOME OF THE GODS

    MAJESTIC KARNAK: EGYPT'S HOME OF THE GODS

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    Open any book on ancient Egypt and before you read even a couple of chapters, you are sure to come upon the name Karnak. Where is it? Who lived there? Why did the Egyptians honor this site? Lots of questions - and CALLIOPE has all the answers - well, most of them. There are still some unsolved mysteries. So, join us as we pull back the curtain on one of the world's most incredible complexes. Our friends are waiting to decipher the hieroglyphs and the stories the designs tell us about life more than 3,000 years ago. Never again will the word Karnak be just a six-letter name of an ancient place. Rather, it will be the home of your friends Mut and Amun, as well as Ramesses, Hatshepsut, and Akhenaten. So, come - they can't wait to have you see Karnak as they knew it! Learn More
  5. Confucius

    Confucius

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    Ever wonder about the name "Confucius"? Does it sound to you more like an ancient Roman name? If you answered "yes" to either or both of these questions, or even if you answered "no," you'll want to check this issue for the answers. But, wait, there's much more about this man whose life and beliefs have so influenced the Chinese for generations. Find out what he taught, as well as who taught him, what his five "virtues" were, why exams were important, and much more! And, you'll have a chance to wish him "Happy Birthday!" Learn More
  6. YORUBA OF WEST AFRICA

    YORUBA OF WEST AFRICA

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    With the help of many experts in the field, CALLIOPE introduces you to the Yoruba of West Africa - their history, culture, and mythology. The issue begins with an article on the meaning of the term Yoruba and the influence of the Yoruba and their civilization throughout the world. Included is a poem by Wole Soyinka, a Nobel Laureate in Literature. The following articles tell of Oduduwa, the ancestor of the Yoruba, and the heroine Moremi who helped the people of Ife defeat the Igbo; the founding of Ife, the oldest town of the Yoruba, and the spiritual center of the Yoruba people; the position of the oba and his importance, both yesterday and today, in Yoruba society; and the rise of Oyo and its growth as a trading center. A feature written by the director of the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian focuses on the artisans of Ife, especially the so-called "bronze" heads. You'll also learn of the Yoruba's preference for city life - yet, at the same time, cultivating large tracts of farmland. Join us too as we tell you how the Yoruba name their children, and then learn to make a talking drum and use cassava in your cooking. Learn More
  7. PORTUGAL & SPAIN DIVIDE THE WORLD

    PORTUGAL & SPAIN DIVIDE THE WORLD

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    Travel with CALLIOPE back to 1494 when Portugal and Spain officially divided the world between themselves. Read how Prince Henry the Navigator and his school of navigation sparked the imagination of Europe's monarchs and navigators, leading to the great age of discovery. Find out why conflicts arose between the countries of Europe, what role the pope and Papal Bulls played, how Isabel's and Ferdinand's marriage affected Spain and the search for a route west to China, who the other leading personalities were, and why the Treaty of Tordesillas was necessary. Find out, too, how the effects and influence of this agreement still affect the world today. To bring you closer to the people who sailed the seas at that time, we have included articles on the types of vessels the explorers used, as well as the charts and navigational devices they had. Two activities further help you appreciate their difficulties and triumphs - learn how to make a map and to chart your position by the stars. Join us for this exciting issue! Learn More
  8. CALLIOPE JANUARY 2014 ISSUE

    CALLIOPE JANUARY 2014 ISSUE

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    CALLIOPE JANUARY 2014 single back issue. Learn More
  9. CALLIOPE FEBRUARY 2014 ISSUE

    CALLIOPE FEBRUARY 2014 ISSUE

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    CALLIOPE FEBRUARY 2014 single back issue. Learn More
  10. CALLIOPE MARCH 2014 ISSUE

    CALLIOPE MARCH 2014 ISSUE

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    CALLIOPE MARCH 2014 single back issue. Learn More

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