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15 09, 2017

Married women in West Asia

By |2019-09-04T07:30:46-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

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 [...]

14 09, 2017

West Asia in the Stone Age

By |2019-09-05T05:38:31-07:00September 14th, 2017|West Asia|1 Comment

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 traveling around, even though they were still hunting and gathering and fishing. What is gathering?  Probably this was because the end of the Ice Age was [...]

13 09, 2017

West Asian food – Mesopotamia and Iran

By |2019-09-05T05:41:27-07:00September 13th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

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 [...]

10 09, 2017

Before 10,000 BC – World history timeline

By |2018-04-25T23:04:13-07:00September 10th, 2017|Africa, History|0 Comments

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 [...]

1 09, 2017

Roman food – rich and poor

By |2019-09-16T20:26:18-07:00September 1st, 2017|Romans|3 Comments

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 [...]

25 08, 2017

History of Sukkot – Jewish holidays

By |2019-10-13T08:30:58-07:00August 25th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|0 Comments

History of Sukkot- a Sukkah - a temporary house just for the holiday When did Sukkot get started? 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. History of farming History of the Jews Stone [...]

23 08, 2017

Adam and Eve – Bible stories

By |2019-01-17T07:47:03-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|0 Comments

Adam and Eve eating the apple. The woman in the tree is the snake (Notre Dame Cathedral, 1200s AD) The Creation of Man 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 [...]

9 07, 2017

Paleolithic Greece – the first people

By |2017-07-09T00:17:43-07:00July 9th, 2017|Greeks, History|2 Comments

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 [...]

6 07, 2017

Ancient Greek food – History of Food – Ancient Greece

By |2019-09-14T06:38:45-07:00July 6th, 2017|Greeks|10 Comments

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. The [...]

22 06, 2017

Where did figs come from? History of figs

By |2019-09-15T07:10:04-07:00June 22nd, 2017|Africa|4 Comments

Some raw figs: History of figs Where are wild figs from? 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. The Cretaceous period Flowering plants History of food When did [...]