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7 08, 2017

The Iroquois longhouse

By |2019-09-28T15:17:46-07:00August 7th, 2017|Native American|4 Comments

Iroquois longhouse - where Iroquois people lived What is an Iroquois longhouse? Most people who lived in the Iroquois nation lived in longhouses. An Iroquois longhouse is just what it sounds like, a long house, built of thin bendable wood, with branches woven in and out of the joists. Who were the Iroquois? Other [...]

3 08, 2017

Medieval literature – Europe

By |2019-09-11T11:21:51-07:00August 3rd, 2017|Literature, Medieval|0 Comments

Medieval Book (Cluny Museum, Paris) In the Early Middle Ages, as the Roman Empire was collapsing, the new power of Christianity inspired Augustine, in North Africa, and Pope Gregory the Great in Italy. They both wrote new books in Latin about Christian philosophy. In Constantinople, Procopius wrote in Greek about Justinian's conquests. And about the same time, Cassiodorus in Italy [...]

3 08, 2017

Beowulf and Grendel – Medieval Epic

By |2019-09-11T10:03:30-07:00August 3rd, 2017|Literature, Medieval|0 Comments

The only surviving manuscript of Beowulf Date of Beowulf Beowulf is a long poem that somebody wrote down around 1000 AD. The poem is in Old English, so whoever wrote it probably lived in England. It's one of the oldest poems written in English (but not the oldest). Only one copy of the poem [...]

27 06, 2017

Medieval German stories

By |2018-04-21T13:19:57-07:00June 27th, 2017|Literature, Northern Europe|0 Comments

Monk writing a book, seated on a wyvern (North Germany, ca. 1150 AD now in Metropolitan Museum, NYC) The earliest stories of German and Scandinavian literature probably come from even earlier Indo-European stories. Some of these stories seem to be related to stories told by other Indo-European people like the Persians or the [...]

23 06, 2017

Swimming in the Middle Ages

By |2017-06-23T22:29:33-07:00June 23rd, 2017|Games, Medieval|0 Comments

Women swimming in the Seljuk kingdom (1494 AD) The fall of the Roman Empire and the Sassanian Empire in the 500s AD doesn't seem to have made much difference to swimming. People in the medieval Islamic Empire kept right on swimming. Women and men still swam, naked as always. Men and women [...]