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Sohrab and Rustem – Iran – West Asian stories

By |2018-04-07T17:04:55+00:00September 15th, 2017|Literature, West Asia|

The death of Sohrab (Iranian painting) 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 German story of Hildebrand and the Greek story of Achilles and Penthesileia, though sometimes Rustem is also a trickster like Odysseus, or like the Indian Krishna (you may want to compare [...]

Br’er Rabbit takes a ride – American literature

By |2017-08-14T10:16:42+00:00August 14th, 2017|Literature, North America|

Br'er Fox 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 isn't anything. My daddy used [...]

Minyans – Middle Bronze Age Greece

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

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 [...]

When did people start to ride horses?

By |2018-04-19T14:24:19+00:00June 20th, 2017|Central Asia|

Riding horses: Assyrian archer on horseback, ca. 650 BC 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. Once some people were riding horses, everybody wanted to do it. On horseback, you could go much faster than anybody [...]

Where do horses come from?

By |2018-09-17T06:27:04+00:00June 20th, 2017|Central Asia, History|

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 [...]

War and battle in ancient Egypt

By |2018-11-12T13:50:53+00:00June 19th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, War|

Victims of civil war in ancient Egypt. They're bound with ropes and have their heads cut off and placed between their legs. (from the Narmer palette, about 3000 BC) Civil wars in ancient Egypt Because it is surrounded by deserts like the Land of Oz, Egypt is pretty hard to invade. So a [...]

Horse and Carriage Project – Chinese History

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

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. [...]