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The Knight’s Tale – Chaucer – Canterbury Tales

By |2018-04-24T09:13:53+00:00August 3rd, 2017|Literature, Medieval|

Chaucer's Knight's Tale: Medieval knights in the Metropolitan Museum of Art A story about Theseus Chaucer set his Knight's Tale in ancient Greece, and it's about Theseus, the king of Athens in Greek mythology. (So we can see that these medieval people knew all about Greek mythology!). In the story, Theseus is just coming back to Athens after [...]

The Yamnaya and the Indo-European language family

By |2018-04-21T13:20:00+00:00July 27th, 2017|Central Asia, History|

Yamnaya get around: Map of the spread of Indo-European languages Who were the Yamnaya? People we call the Yamnaya (Ukrainian for "People who lived in pits") seem to have been speaking an early version of the Indo-European language at least as early as 5000 BC in the area between the Black Sea and the Caspian [...]

Who are the Amazons? Scythian women

By |2018-04-23T10:06:36+00:00July 14th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

A Greek depiction of an Amazon (Athens, ca. 420 BC; Wikimedia) The Amazons, in Greek mythology, were a group of warriors who were all women and girls. There were no men among them. One famous Greek story about the Amazons is the story of Penthesileia. According to the Greeks, the Amazons lived to the north of Greece, [...]

Horses and archery – Central Asian warfare

By |2018-04-16T14:01:39+00:00June 1st, 2017|Central Asia, War|

Scythian woman fighting Greeks (Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, ca. 350 BC) Central Asian soldiers were famous for fighting on horseback. Because Central Asian people spent a lot of time on horseback, herding their cattle, and because the grasslands where they lived were great places to ride horses, Central Asian people were very good at [...]