26 09, 2019

Impeachment and the Epic of Gilgamesh

By |2019-09-26T13:46:09-07:00September 26th, 2019|History|0 Comments

Impeachment and the Late Republic I've been reading an awful lot of articles drawing parallels between the end of the Roman Republic and what's going on now with the House of Representatives impeaching President Trump. Of course, there are parallels. Julius Caesar made the same sort of power grabs, acting like he was above the [...]

22 09, 2019

Neptune discovered – on this day

By |2019-09-22T21:17:41-07:00September 22nd, 2019|History|0 Comments

Astronomers have known about six of the planets for at least five thousand years, since the time of the Sumerians. Even the names of the planets we use today are just translations of those old Sumerian names. But they didn't know about the planet Neptune. Mesopotamian astronomy What are planets? History of astronomy The one [...]

20 09, 2019

Climate strike today

By |2019-09-20T13:58:43-07:00September 20th, 2019|History|0 Comments

Are you on climate strike today? Quatr.us Study Guides, like most people these days, realizes the tremendous danger facing us today from climate change, and that this climate change is caused by things we're doing ourselves: driving, using air conditioning and washing machines and dryers, buying new cotton clothing all the time, eating meat, and [...]

19 09, 2019

Racism and Anglo-Saxonists

By |2019-09-19T08:20:55-07:00September 19th, 2019|History|0 Comments

This has been a big thing on my Twitter for a few weeks now, but now two big things have happened: the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists has formally voted to change its name, because "Anglo-Saxon" is a fundamentally racist turn of phrase and is being used by white supremacists. The Washington Post did a story [...]

19 09, 2019

Scarcity and the Iliad

By |2019-09-19T07:49:47-07:00September 19th, 2019|History|0 Comments

"The Iliad, at one level, is all about scarcity: scarcity of goods, of women, of honor, of life-time, and, ultimately, the scarcity of fame." Are you teaching the Iliad or reading it? Check out this excellent blog post from the great blog Sententiae Antiquae, where they discuss a way of looking at the Iliad that you [...]

23 04, 2019

Medieval Bulgaria – European history

By |2019-04-23T06:53:10-07:00April 23rd, 2019|History|0 Comments

Where's Bulgaria? Bulgarian history - a map showing where Bulgaria is Bulgaria is at the northern edge of the Aegean Sea, between modern Greece and Turkey. This land was part of the Roman Empire. The Romans called this area Thrace, and the people who lived there were Thracians. In the 300s AD, they [...]

21 08, 2018

Primates – Evolution of Monkeys and Humans

By |2018-09-02T13:28:56-07:00August 21st, 2018|History|0 Comments

Primate evolution: The earliest primates probably looked something like this little marmoset monkey. When did the first primates evolve? The first primates evolved out of earlier mammals around 56 million years ago, in the Tertiary period. (Or possibly as early as 85 million years ago, even before the dinosaurs died.) Why did primates [...]

28 04, 2018

History of Chile – South America

By |2018-04-29T00:34:19-07:00April 28th, 2018|History|0 Comments

Mapuche fight off Spanish invaders In the 1530s AD, the Mapuche people in Chile had recently fought off an Inca invasion and were fiercely determined to stay independent. And the Mapuche were good at fighting! So when the first European colonizers came to Chile, the Mapuche fought them off, too. Mapuche people quickly got Spanish [...]

24 04, 2018

T.S. Eliot – American poetry project

By |2018-04-24T11:01:03-07:00April 24th, 2018|History|0 Comments

The Old Gumbie Cat (1939) I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots; Her coat is of the tabby kind, with tiger stripes and leopard spots. All day she sits upon the stair or on the steps or on the mat; She sits and sits and sits and sits—and that's what makes [...]