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9 09, 2017

Who were the Moche? South American history

By |2019-03-01T10:20:41-07:00September 9th, 2017|History, South America|0 Comments

Moche portrait of a blind man, 400-500 AD (thanks to Oberlin College) The collapse of the Chavin state in Peru, about 250 BC, seems to have opened the way for the Moche and the Nazca to develop states of their own. The Moche started up around 100 AD along the Pacific coast of South America, in what is now northern Peru. The [...]

16 08, 2017

Challenges and disabilities in the ancient world

By |2019-05-13T08:57:23-07:00August 16th, 2017|Medieval, Romans, Science|0 Comments

(Bosch, the Ship of Fools) - medieval disabilities Were a lot of people disabled in the past? In the ancient and medieval worlds, many more people were physically and mentally challenged than there are in the United States, or practically anywhere, today. There were no operations to fix club feet, or cleft palates, [...]

21 07, 2017

The Blind Men and the Elephant

By |2019-08-07T11:52:29-07:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|0 Comments

Mughal painting of the blind men and the elephant, from the 1600s AD (now in Walters Art Museum) A story that's a metaphor Once there was an elephant, a tame elephant. He had been captured when he was a baby and taught to stand still and not worry much about people. So he was [...]

10 07, 2017

Who was Homer? Greek epic literature

By |2019-08-18T18:38:35-07:00July 10th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|0 Comments

Cup by Sophilos, showing a race from the Iliad by Homer (as the inscription says - Athens, ca. 570 BC) Why is Homer important? To the classical Greeks, Homer's epics played very much the same role that the Bible plays for a lot of people today. People memorized big chunks of the Iliad [...]

31 05, 2017

Epic of Koroglu – Central Asian stories

By |2017-05-31T22:25:56-07:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, Literature|0 Comments

In this story, Koca Yusuf was a poor man who worked in the horse stables of the powerful Bey of Bolu. One day, Koca Yusuf saw a young filly (a girl horse). This horse had not had enough food and was very skinny and didn't look like anything special. But Koca Yusef knew horses, and [...]