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Karen Carr

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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 Twitter, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.

Early music videos

By | 2018-04-11T19:10:10+00:00 April 11th, 2018|History|

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 [...]

21 History Cartoons (with a political edge)

By | 2018-04-07T18:29:18+00:00 April 7th, 2018|History|

21 history cartoons for the enlightened (and some other cartoons too) Well, we thought they were funny. All original history cartoons and political cartoons, mostly with a leftist, feminist, anti-racist slant (like the rest of the articles on this site). They're all copyrighted to Quatr.us Study Guides. Feel free to repost any of these cartoons, [...]

Khosrau II  and the end of the Sassanian Empire

By | 2018-04-07T17:05:04+00:00 March 21st, 2018|History|

Khosrau II King Khosrau II, of the Sassanian Empire, on a gold coin (600s AD) Khosrau II was only twenty years old when he became king in 590 AD. Probably the powerful Sassanian families - particularly his mother's brothers  - thought he would be easier to push around than his father had been. [...]

Who were the Mazdakites? Sassanian reformers

By | 2018-03-20T23:18:24+00:00 March 20th, 2018|History|

A later illustration from the Shahnameh of the execution of the prophet Mazdak The Sassanians in decline In 500 AD, in the early Middle Ages, the Sassanian empire in Iraq and Iran was falling apart, just like the Roman Empire further west. King Kavadh had almost no power. Province after province was declaring independence. [...]

Sassanian kings and queens in the 400s AD

By | 2018-04-07T17:05:04+00:00 March 19th, 2018|History|

Yazdegerd Yazdegerd I, the Sassanian king When the Sassanian king Bahram IV was killed in 399 AD, his brother Yazdegerd took control of the Sassanian empire. Yazdegerd maintained peace with the Roman Empire under Empress Pulcheria, not attacking the Romans even though they had been weakened by Vandal, Visigothic and Ostrogothic invasions. He didn't attack [...]