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7 09, 2017

What is tuberculosis? History of diseases

By |2019-04-03T13:26:04-07:00September 7th, 2017|Science, West Asia|0 Comments

A child with tuberculosis What is tuberculosis? Tuberculosis is a lung disease caused by germs. Today we can usually cure it with antibiotics. But in antiquity there was no cure. Many people died of tuberculosis. What are germs? What do your lungs do? More about diseases When did tuberculosis get going? One kind of tuberculosis seems [...]

24 08, 2017

Maccabees – Jewish history

By |2017-10-09T17:20:27-07:00August 24th, 2017|History, West Asia|0 Comments

Alexander the Great Under the Persians the Jews did very well. They were able to worship their own God, and even to travel around the Persian Empire converting people to Judaism. But in 331 BC Alexander the Great, who was from Macedon, conquered the Persian Empire and "liberated" (as he called it) the Jews from Persian rule. [...]

21 07, 2017

Shiva – Hindu god – Ancient India

By |2017-07-21T13:13:00-07:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|0 Comments

The Hindu god Shiva Shiva was a Hindu fertility god, who made the crops grow. He was not mentioned in the Rig Veda, about 1000 BC, and seems to have come into Hinduism later than that. Around 300 BC, in the Mauryan period, people began worshipping Shiva. This might be another name for the Harappan god Rudra. But unlike the earlier Hindu gods, [...]

21 07, 2017

What is Hinduism? A religion of India

By |2019-09-18T07:44:50-07:00July 21st, 2017|India|2 Comments

Hinduism: Arjuna fighting Karna, with Krishna as his charioteer (Duttapara Temple, ca. 1500s AD) What does "Hindu" mean? The word Hindu comes from the river Indus. So it just means the people who live near the Indus river (actually in modern Pakistan). Indian environment Religions of India All our India articles Harappans and Hinduism [...]

17 06, 2017

What was Egypt like in the Stone Age?

By |2018-05-08T15:37:30-07:00June 17th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, History|0 Comments

Hunting birds in ancient Egypt During most of the Stone Age, people in Egypt, like people everywhere else in the world, lived by hunting and gathering their food. They traveled around from place to place in the Nile Valley, harvesting wild grasses and digging up roots. People picked berries, and found bird eggs. They [...]

12 06, 2017

What is a wet nurse? History of wetnursing

By |2018-05-08T08:36:59-07:00June 12th, 2017|Economy|0 Comments

What is a wet nurse? An ancient Egyptian wet nurse nursing a baby (From the tomb of one of the daughters of Akhenaten) What is a wet nurse? A wet nurse is a woman who breast-feeds somebody else's baby, either for money or because she is enslaved. From the Stone Age up until the [...]

12 06, 2017

History of Cheese – Central Asia

By |2019-03-21T05:55:42-07:00June 12th, 2017|Central Asia, Food|0 Comments

History of cheese: There are lots of different kinds of cheese. How to preserve milk? If you don't have a refrigerator, there's no way to keep milk from going bad within a few hours. Even WITH a refrigerator milk goes bad in about a week. But ancient cows and sheep and goats only [...]

12 06, 2017

Who domesticated cattle? History of cows

By |2019-07-15T21:53:18-07:00June 12th, 2017|Central Asia|0 Comments

History of cows: Cows in a field The wild auroch Cattle are the tame version of the wild aurochs that used to live on the grass plains of Asia, Africa, and Europe. What is an aurochs? Evolution of mammals All our biology articles About 7000 BC, people in North Africa began to keep [...]