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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.

Sassanian kings and queens in the 400s AD

By |2018-09-13T11:03:59+00:00March 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+00:00March 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+00:00March 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+00:00January 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 [...]

From Siam to Thailand

By |2017-10-25T11:29:59+00:00October 24th, 2017|History|

Like its neighbor Burma, Thailand was more influenced by India than by China. People in Thailand were probably becoming Buddhists by the 200s BC, in the time of the Mauryan Empire in India. On the Silk Road, Thailand sold spices and beeswax. Kingdom of Funan Starting in the late 500s AD, the Kingdom of Funan [...]

History of Burma

By |2017-10-24T23:12:00+00:00October 23rd, 2017|History|

People (and their dogs) probably reached Burma coming along the coast from India, about 47,000 BC, but there's no evidence of them until about 11,000 BC. Soon after that, Burma entered the Neolithic, or Late Stone Age. They started to farm and to keep domesticated animals some time after 10,000 BC. Then around 1500 BC, [...]