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2 08, 2017

Who was Charlemagne? Early Middle Ages

By |2019-04-11T12:26:17-07:00August 2nd, 2017|Medieval|6 Comments

Who was Charlemagne? This is Charlemagne, or possibly his grandson (now in the Louvre Museum) What's Charlemagne's real name? Charlemagne's name is really Charles le Magne, or Charles the Great. In German they call him Karl der Grosse, which also means Charles the Great. Earlier Merovingians All our medieval Europe articles How did Charlemagne get [...]

21 07, 2017

Indra, god of rain – Ancient India

By |2019-09-17T07:20:17-07:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|0 Comments

Indra, 4-5th c. AD (Mathura, India)   Who was Indra? In the earliest Hindu stories that we know of, from the Rig Veda, Indra is the ruler of the Hindu gods, the way Zeus is the ruler of the Greek gods, or Thor the ruler of the German gods. These stories probably go back at least to about 1000 BC. [...]

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 [...]