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14 09, 2017

From Xerxes to Alexander – the later Persian Empire

By |2019-09-05T05:38:55-07:00September 14th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

The Persian shah, Xerxes, from the 400s BC. Death of Xerxes and revolt King Xerxes was killed in 465 BC. His assassin may have been his son Ardashir I (Artaxerxes in Greek), who succeeded him. Ardashir was a weak king, and a lot of the conquered countries revolted while Ardashir was king. By this time, [...]

27 07, 2017

Yamato period – Early Medieval Japan

By |2018-10-09T10:04:28-07:00July 27th, 2017|History, Japan|0 Comments

Yamato Japan: Haniwa seated woman from a kofun tomb, possibly a Shinto religious leader (ca. 500 AD) From Yayoi to Yamato By the end of the Yayoi period (Japan's Iron Age) in 250 AD, there was probably an emperor in Japan. But the real power still lay with the rulers of many different city-states. The emperor couldn't really tell [...]

20 06, 2017

What is cavalry? Ancient battles

By |2019-03-07T07:23:35-07:00June 20th, 2017|War|0 Comments

Etruscan image of a Scythian woman riding a horse, ca. 600 BCE When did cavalry get started? Cavalry are soldiers riding horses. The earliest cavalry soldiers were in about 800 BC, when horses were finally bred big enough so that they could carry a full-grown man in armor. Fighting on horseback began in [...]

31 05, 2017

Scythians and Sogdians – Early Central Asia

By |2017-05-31T13:23:39-07:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|0 Comments

Central Asian yurts Nomads were travelling around Central Asia probably by 50,000 BC or so. By 24,000 BC, if not earlier, these nomads had split into at least two different groups that spoke different languages - one group spoke proto-Indo-European and the other group spoke proto-Altaic. DNA analysis shows that some of the [...]