Karen Carr

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About Karen Carr

Dr. Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.
20 09, 2019

First day of fall

By |2019-09-20T04:55:47-07:00September 20th, 2019|blog|0 Comments

It's not today! You can still enjoy one last weekend of summer! But the first day of fall is coming up Monday, and for why? Why does this happen? Why do the seasons change? Why do the leaves turn color? (At least, they do in New England, where I'm writing this; ymmv. Well, this is [...]

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 [...]

26 04, 2018

Ancient Egyptian religious rituals

By |2019-09-20T06:27:29-07:00April 26th, 2018|Egypt|0 Comments

Ancient Egyptian religious rituals: a scarab amulet from ancient Egypt Good-luck charms People in ancient Egypt worshipped the gods in many different ways. There were normal, everyday, little things. And there were big ceremonies involving thousands of people. Many people, for example, wore a little amulet - a bead on a string around [...]

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 [...]

11 04, 2018

Early music videos

By |2018-04-11T19:10:10-07:00April 11th, 2018|History|0 Comments

Music links   Early bone flutes, about 60,000 BC   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHy9FOblt7Y   Rock gong, at least 7000 BC   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kr1D5-GW44   African drumming from about 3000 BC or earlier   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0MiMs1Hp-o   Playing a shofar – a ram’s horn   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKQrBURDtQE   Greek aulos about 700 BC. These have reeds like a modern clarinet. They’re [...]