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15 09, 2017

Sohrab and Rustem – Iran – West Asian stories

By |2019-09-04T07:31:52-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Sohrab and Rustem: The death of Sohrab (Iranian painting) Where did this story come from? This story is probably an old Indo-European story that Persian people told even before they moved south into Iran about 2000 BC. It's probably related to the Indian story of Dushyanta, the German story of Hildebrand and the Greek story of Achilles and Penthesileia, though [...]

14 08, 2017

Br’er Rabbit takes a ride – American literature

By |2019-02-23T13:23:15-07:00August 14th, 2017|Literature, North America|0 Comments

Br'er Fox Everyone laughed at Br'er Rabbit This is a story about Br'er Rabbit and his enemy Br'er Fox. Well, after that story with the Tar Baby got around, the girls were all laughing at Br'er Rabbit. Br'er Rabbit got mad with the girls laughing at him, but he still looked cool, and he said, "Oh, that [...]

8 07, 2017

Minyans – Middle Bronze Age Greece

By |2018-04-23T07:13:32-07:00July 8th, 2017|Greeks, History|0 Comments

Minyan Ware - Greek pottery from about 2000 BC Indo-Europeans The new invaders who destroyed Lerna at the end of the Early Bronze Age in 2100 BC, were the Greeks. Unlike the people of Sesklo, Dimini and Lerna, these new people were Indo-Europeans, or Yamnaya. They came from Central Asia, and they spoke [...]

5 07, 2017

Minoan and Mycenaean Pottery

By |2018-04-20T22:35:37-07:00July 5th, 2017|Art, Greeks|0 Comments

Kamares ware (Crete, ca. 2000 BC) While the Mycenaean Greeks were making the gray Minyan Ware, the Minoans on the island of Crete were producing vividly colored pots with black backgrounds known as Kamares ware (ka-MARR-ays). Here is a Minoan octopus vase. Then in the Late Bronze Age, around 1500 BC, [...]

20 06, 2017

When did people start riding horses?

By |2019-08-21T11:49:39-07:00June 20th, 2017|Central Asia|0 Comments

Riding horses: Assyrian archer on horseback, ca. 650 BC Riding horses Near the beginning of the Iron Age, about 800 BC, people in Central Asia began riding horses more instead of just having them pull wagons. Where are horses from? Iron Age timeline All our Central Asia articles Why did people ride horses? Once [...]

20 06, 2017

Where do horses come from?

By |2019-01-29T07:37:43-07:00June 20th, 2017|Central Asia, History|0 Comments

Where do horses come from? Wild horses and the history of horses Where did horses first evolve? Horses, at first, were all wild animals like zebras are today. Although they first evolved in North America about 3.5 million years ago, horses became extinct there. When did mammals evolve? Why did horses die out [...]

20 06, 2017

What is cavalry? Ancient battles

By |2019-03-07T07:23:35-07:00June 20th, 2017|War|0 Comments

Etruscan image of a Scythian woman riding a horse, ca. 600 BCE When did cavalry get started? Cavalry are soldiers riding horses. The earliest cavalry soldiers were in about 800 BC, when horses were finally bred big enough so that they could carry a full-grown man in armor. Fighting on horseback began in [...]

6 06, 2017

Horse and Carriage Project – Chinese History

By |2018-04-18T09:53:32-07:00June 6th, 2017|China, History|0 Comments

Horse and carriage (Sorrento, Italy) Thanks to freephotooftheday.com Under the Shang Dynasty, about 2000 BC, people in China began to ride in chariots pulled by horses. See if you can find any place near you that gives rides in horse-drawn carriages, and take a ride in one, to see what it is like. [...]