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Medicine and doctors in the Roman Empire

By |2019-07-15T22:20:43-07:00September 4th, 2017|Romans, Science|

Roman medicine: Galen used surgical instruments like these What do we mean by Roman medicine? Roman medicine is really West Asian and African medicine. That's because most of the great doctors of the Roman Empire lived in West Asia (in Turkey and Syria), or in Africa (in Egypt), not in Europe. Egyptian doctors [...]

Plants in India – What grew there?

By |2017-07-20T07:23:08-07:00July 20th, 2017|Environment, India|

An Indian man selling mangoes When people first came to India, about 60,000 BC, they found some plants that they already knew about, like figs and onions. There were also a lot of new plants, and people soon began to experiment with these new foods. One new food was sugar cane, which you chewed to get the soft [...]

Ancient Indian economy

By |2019-02-21T10:11:58-07:00July 20th, 2017|Economy, India|

Ancient India trade: Indian herbal medicines What did most people do for work? Most people in ancient India were farmers. That's the same as in other parts of Asia and Europe at this time. In India, farmers mainly grew wheat and rice. They grew cotton for cloth. They grew opium for medicine too. More about opium History of wheat Where did rice come [...]

Where does black pepper come from? India

By |2019-03-28T05:35:24-07:00June 22nd, 2017|India|

Black pepper growing in India What kind of pepper? There are two main different kinds of plants that we call "pepper" - chili peppers and black pepper. Black pepper is the kind of pepper you think of when you say "salt and pepper". Where are chili peppers from? More about Indian food All [...]