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What is a pontoon bridge? History of science

By |2017-09-08T09:08:30+00:00September 8th, 2017|Science, West Asia|

A pontoon bridge from the Column of Marcus Aurelius, in Rome A pontoon bridge is a temporary bridge that you make by lining up a lot of boats crossways across the river, and then putting wooden planks over the boats to make a bridge. You can see one in the picture. It's a fast way [...]

Hero and Leander – a Greek story

By |2018-04-23T10:11:12+00:00July 14th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Leander swimming to Hero (from Pompeii) In this Greek version of an old story, Hero was a priestess of Aphrodite, whose father sent her to live alone in a tower on the European side of the Hellespont, in the town of Sestos. Leander was a young man who lived on the Asian side of [...]

Second Persian War – ancient Greece

By |2017-07-09T02:12:19+00:00July 9th, 2017|Greeks, History, West Asia|

Gold coin of Xerxes (or another Persian king) After the Athenians beat the Persians in the First Persian War, at the battle of Marathon, the Persians left the Greeks alone for ten years. The Persians were busy fighting a revolt in Egypt, and their king Darius had died. But as soon as Darius' son [...]