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21 08, 2017

Cyprian and the Decian Persecution – Christianity

By |2019-04-30T11:51:18-07:00August 21st, 2017|Religion, Romans|0 Comments

Sacrifice certificate on papyrus from Oxyrhynchus, in Egypt, dating to the Decian persecution (about 3 inches wide) Rome celebrates 1000 Years About 249 AD, the situation of the Christians took a sharp turn for the worse. The year 247 AD marked 1000 years since the founding of the city of Rome: the Millennium. Christianity becomes illegal Tertullian and Montanus History of Christianity Roman [...]

2 08, 2017

Constantine IV and Justinian II

By |2019-04-23T04:54:41-07:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|0 Comments

Mu'awiya on a Sassanian-style coin When was Constantine IV? Constantine IV took over as Roman Emperor when his father Constans II died, in 668 AD. It wasn't a great time to be emperor. Constans II The Early Middle Ages All our medieval Europe articles Abbasids and Bulgars The Abbasids were gradually taking over most of the eastern Roman Empire. [...]

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 [...]

29 06, 2017

What is a republic? Definition – representative government

By |2018-01-31T09:27:43-07:00June 29th, 2017|Government|0 Comments

Hasdrubal, a Carthaginian general Definition of a republic In a republic, instead of voting directly about what they want to do, as in a democracy, people instead vote for people to represent them. Then those people decide what to do. Carthage in Africa The world's first republic may have been Carthage, in North [...]

18 05, 2017

Iron Age Architecture in Africa

By |2019-09-25T10:20:35-07:00May 18th, 2017|Africa, Architecture, History|0 Comments

Iron Age architecture in Africa: Palace at Meroe, ca. 900 BC (thanks to Royal Ontario Museum) Rich enough to build in stone During the Bronze Age, only Egypt was rich enough to build stone buildings. But during the Iron Age, starting about 1000 BC, other parts of Africa started to trade with other parts of the world, [...]

18 05, 2017

Carthage – Berbers and Phoenicians – North African History

By |2019-02-13T09:19:42-07:00May 18th, 2017|Africa, History|0 Comments

North African history: Punic houses in Carthage (146 BC) Who were the Berbers? The first people to live along the North African coast were Berbers. The Berbers were nomadic shepherds and cattle herders. These people spoke a Hamitic language related to Ancient Egyptian. Early African history History of cattle History of sheep More [...]