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Pliny the Elder – Roman literature and Pompeii

By |2019-03-22T08:33:04-07:00September 3rd, 2017|History, Literature, Romans|

Mt. Vesuvius Who was Pliny the Elder? Pliny the Elder was a very rich man from one of the most important families in the Roman Empire. He lived during the end of the Julio-Claudians and into the Flavian period, and he died in 79 AD. Roman ships and sailing More Roman literature All our Ancient Rome articles [...]

Medieval Islamic medicine – the first hospitals and quarantines

By |2018-04-18T18:18:05-07:00July 27th, 2017|Islam, Science|

Islamic medicine: From an Ottoman manuscript, two doctors telling the pharmacist how to make different medicines Writing medical encyclopedias Doctors made big scientific advances in medicine during the Islamic empire. Islamic doctors began by collecting all the medical observations and logic of the past. They translated the work of Hippocrates and his followers, and Galen, into Arabic. About 750 [...]

Ibn Sina (Avicenna) – Medieval Islamic medicine – Islamic Empire

By |2019-04-24T06:03:09-07:00July 27th, 2017|Islam, Science|

Where Ibn Sina came from: Uzbekistan Ibn Sina and the Samanids in Uzbekistan Ibn Sina (known to Europeans as Avicenna) was a scientist. He was born about 980 AD in the north-eastern part of the Abbasid Empire. That was in the kingdom of the Samanids. (It's modern Uzbekistan.) Who were the Samanids? Medieval Islamic science All our medieval Islam [...]

al Tabari – Medieval Islamic medicine

By |2019-01-21T08:34:19-07:00July 27th, 2017|Islam, Science|

al Tabari's homeland in Tabiristan Where did al Tabari come from? Al Tabari was from a Christian family in the Abbasid Empire, near the Caspian Sea (modern Iran). His father, Sahl, was himself a doctor who proposed a new treatment for epilepsy. More about Islamic medicine What was the Abbasid Empire? All our Islamic Empire articles [...]