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Who were the Moche? South American history

By |2018-04-19T15:03:12+00:00September 9th, 2017|History, South America|

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 [...]

Infanticide and exposure in history

By |2018-04-19T11:10:58+00:00August 16th, 2017|People, Religion|

Pasiphae holds the baby Minotaur From the Sumerians down to the time of Augustine, all over Europe and Asia, most people agreed that if you had a newborn baby that you didn't want, you could kill it. Or at least you could abandon it somewhere and not take care of it. Killing a baby is infanticide, [...]

Challenges and disabilities in the ancient world

By |2018-04-24T11:07:10+00:00August 16th, 2017|Medieval, Romans, Science|

(Bosch, the Ship of Fools) 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, or heart murmurs. There were no antidepressants or antipsychotics for people who heard [...]

American government – the 1900s

By |2018-04-20T08:23:09+00:00August 12th, 2017|Government, North America|

Franklin Roosevelt The United States government got even more power during the 1900s. In 1913, the United States government got the right to collect income tax. With this new tax, the United States government got a lot more money, and it used that money to get more power over the states. During the Depression, in [...]

Hellenistic Greek sculpture

By |2018-04-22T11:38:50+00:00July 5th, 2017|Art, Greeks|

Hellenistic sculpture: Hermes At the end of the 400s BC, Greece, and especially Athens, was devastated by a terrible war which involved nearly all the Greek city-states, the Peloponnesian War. The end of the war left the Greeks too poor for much sculpture, but when people did begin creating new sculpture again it [...]