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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.

Who were the Mazdakites? Sassanian reformers

By |2018-03-20T23:18:24-07:00March 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 |2018-09-13T11:03:59-07:00March 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 [...]

Parthian kings and queens

By |2018-04-13T01:25:29-07:00March 16th, 2018|History|

The first of the Parthian kings: Arsaces I Arsaces and Tiridates Arsaces I was the governor of Parthia (now northern Iran) in the Hellenistic Greek empire of Seleucia. About 250 BC, Arsaces revolted against Seleucus and started the Parthian Empire. Like the Persians before him, Arsaces followed the Zoroastrian faith. About four years [...]

Moretum – a Roman food to spread on crackers

By |2018-03-11T23:22:14-07:00March 11th, 2018|History|

Moretum was a common Roman recipe and it's easy to make at home. Making the cheese You can start by buying ricotta, but you can also make your own ricotta. Pour about half a gallon of milk into a saucepan. Heat until it's almost boiling, and while you're waiting mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with [...]

The Bronze Age 3000-1000 BC

By |2018-02-16T12:07:04-07:00January 17th, 2018|History|

Cultures around the world 3000-1000 BC (the Bronze Age) Questions to answer: when did these people start farming? when did they start spinning and weaving clothing (and what did they make their clothes out of)? when did they start to use pottery? when did they start to use bronze? when did they start writing and [...]