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15 09, 2017

West Asian science – Mesopotamia and Iran

By |2019-09-04T05:49:39-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

The constellation Orion What did Mesopotamians invent? From the Stone Age through the Islamic empires, great scientific discoveries have streamed out of West Asia. West Asia is one of the places where farming got started, and maybe the sailboat. Farming  Early ships and sailing Numbers and writing The pottery wheel All our West Asia articles The Sumerians developed the [...]

11 09, 2017

Iranian science – Safavid Empire

By |2019-09-24T05:52:27-07:00September 11th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Iranian science: A Safavid astrolabe from the 1600s AD New ideas come to Iran Iranian scientists in the Safavid Empire, and then in the country of Iran, were well placed to hear all about new ideas from both East and West. They learned  from China and India. Then they combined that with the news from the Ottoman [...]

3 08, 2017

Anna Comnena’s Alexiad – Byzantine literature

By |2019-01-22T11:03:06-07:00August 3rd, 2017|Literature, Medieval|0 Comments

Anna Comnena, author of the Alexiad Who was Anna Comnena? Anna Comnena was born a princess in 1083 AD. She was the oldest child of the Byzantine emperor Alexios. She was named for her grandmother, the powerful empress Anna. The Empress Anna ruled the Empire whenever Alexios was away fighting wars. The Empress Anna raised her [...]

30 07, 2017

Chartres cathedral transepts

By |2018-04-24T08:01:24-07:00July 30th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|0 Comments

Chartres cathedral crossing and transept When the builders were done with the nave, they built the great big columns of the crossing. Like the columns of the nave, the crossing columns went almost uninterrupted all the way up, to draw your eyes upward. They were made to look like a lot of little columns, [...]