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Married women in West Asia

By | 2018-04-25T23:58:44+00:00 September 15th, 2017|People, West Asia|

Grindstone from Syria, about 1500 BC (Louvre Museum) Most married women in West Asia lived with their husband's family, so young married women took orders from their husband's mother. Sometimes the two women got along well; other times they fought the way many teenagers fight with their parents. Some families hit or starved [...]

West Asia in the Stone Age

By | 2018-04-25T23:57:09+00:00 September 14th, 2017|History, West Asia|

Stone Age West Asia: A building at Gobekli Tepe (ca. 9000 BC) Stone Age West Asia By around 10,000 BC, people in West Asia were beginning to settle down in one place instead of travelling around, even though they were still hunting and gathering. Probably this was because the end of the Ice Age was making West Asia so [...]

West Asian food – Mesopotamia and Iran

By | 2018-04-25T23:40:08+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Food, West Asia|

Sumerians sipping beer through straws (ca. 2500 BC) The people of West Asia traditionally divided themselves into two groups who had very different eating and drinking habits. These two groups thought of themselves as enemies, even though they also traded with each other and married each other all the time. One group lived in [...]

Before 10,000 BC – World history timeline

By | 2018-04-25T23:04:13+00:00 September 10th, 2017|Africa, History|

Sibidu Cave, South Africa. People lived here from about 77,000 BC until about 38,000 years ago. In the early years of human history, beginning with the earliest humans about two million years ago, every place in the world was in the Stone Age, and all the people in the world got their food by hunting and gathering. For a [...]

Roman food – rich and poor

By | 2018-04-25T09:05:47+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Food, Romans|

Roti bread made with millet Romans ate a lot of fish Although the first people who came to the Mediterranean were probably following along the coast, and ate mainly fish, shellfish, seaweed, and wild figs, by the time the Roman Republic got started, there were far too many people in the Mediterranean to be able to live entirely from [...]

What is Sukkot? – Jewish holidays

By | 2017-08-25T10:31:10+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Sukkah - a temporary house just for the holiday People along the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea first began celebrating Sukkot probably at least six thousand years ago, when they were beginning to be farmers. Like Passover and Hanukkah, Sukkot was a harvest festival. After plowing, planting, pulling weeds, watering, and worrying about whether diseases or storms would wreck the [...]

Adam and Eve – Bible stories

By | 2017-08-23T15:18:26+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Adam and Eve eating the apple. The woman in the tree is the snake (Notre Dame Cathedral, 1200s AD) According to the Book of Genesis in the Bible, God created Adam and Eve, the first man and woman. Then God placed them in a wonderful place called the Garden of Eden. But God warned [...]

Paleolithic Greece – the first people

By | 2017-07-09T00:17:43+00:00 July 9th, 2017|Greeks, History|

Outside Franchthi Cave The first people came to Greece not long after leaving Africa, about 55,000 BC. They probably came along the coast of the Eastern Mediterranean, through what is now Israel and Lebanon. They almost certainly knew how to paddle small boats along the coast. When they got to Greece, these people [...]

Ancient Greek food – History of Food – Ancient Greece

By | 2018-04-22T18:46:32+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Food, Greeks|

Ancient Greek food - Platter with fish (Metropolitan Museum of Art) Sacrifice and Greek food Food, for people in Ancient Greece, was what separated people from animals, and from the gods. Gods didn't need to eat, and people did. Animals ate their food raw, but people cooked their food and were civilized. Civilized [...]

Where did figs come from? History of figs

By | 2018-01-03T23:44:12+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Africa, Food|

Some raw figs Wild fig trees first grew in Africa and West Asia and South Asia and around the Mediterranean Sea beginning probably about a hundred million years ago, in the time of the dinosaurs. Many primates eat figs, and people have been eating wild figs since there first were people. People loved [...]