The world is a big place, and the history of the world is even bigger. We're beyond lucky to have come across some of the ancient texts we now possess, and we're beyond unlucky to have lost some of the ancient texts that we did. We still don't know exactly how the pyramids were built, but we do know the politics, religion and social mores of Egyptians of the time. We know members of Egyptian royalty were buried with riches and spells to guide them through the afterlife. And we know these things because they were written down and preserved for millennia.
The only history we know is written history, and without ancient texts, our knowledge is limited. It's because of ancient engravings, inscriptions, drawings and writings that the world has a rich history. It's because of ancient texts the world is filled with religions, governments and societies. You've probably heard about the Rosetta Stone, the Hippocratic Oath, Draconian Law, Plato, Sophocles, Virgil and the Book of the Dead, but do you know why they're important? Or more importantly, do you know what they look like? Take a look at these 40 ancient texts and see if you can name them all.