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15 09, 2017

Vis and Ramin – Iran – West Asian stories

By |2019-09-04T07:31:34-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

A Parthian noblewoman This is a story from the Parthian Empire, but the earliest written version that we still have is by the Islamic poet Gorgani, about 1050 AD: King Mobad of Marv saw the beautiful Queen Shahru, and asked her to marry him, but she was already married. Instead, Queen Shahru promised to send King Mobad her daughter to marry, [...]

16 08, 2017

History of friendship

By |2019-06-24T23:19:55-07:00August 16th, 2017|People|0 Comments

Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu fight a monster, on an Assyrian cylinder seal from the 600s BC Why were friends important? Friends were very important to people in the ancient and medieval world. Indian friendship Friendship in ancient Greece Because there were not so many police or lawyers or judges then, people often [...]

4 08, 2017

Tristan and Isolde – King Arthur’s Round Table

By |2018-04-22T10:26:50-07:00August 4th, 2017|Literature, Medieval|0 Comments

Tristan and Isolde, in a German woodcut (1400s AD) In the story, Isolde was a princess in Ireland, and a great healer. She was the best doctor in the land. One day this guy Tristan shows up. He's been sent by his uncle King Mark to get Isolde and bring her back for King Mark to marry. [...]

3 08, 2017

King Arthur stories – Knights of the Round Table

By |2017-08-03T21:05:22-07:00August 3rd, 2017|Literature, Medieval|0 Comments

King Arthur hunting, 1300s AD (British Library, London) Stories about King Arthur may be based on a real man who ruled southern England about 450 AD, just after the Romans left, but nobody knows anything much about this man, or even if he really existed. The stories seem to be a mashup of memories of this man and [...]