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14 09, 2017

Who were the Philistines? West Asian history

By |2019-09-05T05:38:47-07:00September 14th, 2017|West Asia|1 Comment

Philistines on the Egyptian temple of Medinet Habu At the end of the Late Bronze Age, around 1200 BC, there were bad times all over the Mediterranean and West Asia. The Egyptian New Kingdom collapsed, and so did the Hittite Empire. We don't exactly know why. It may have been a change in the climate, which caused a drought and [...]

14 09, 2017

West Asian history – The Levant, Mesopotamia, and Iran

By |2019-09-05T05:40:01-07:00September 14th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Map of West Asia People also call West Asia the Near East or the Middle East. It is the part of Asia that is closest to the Mediterranean Sea. West Asia covers all the land between Russia in the north, Afghanistan in the east, the Persian Gulf in the south, and the Mediterranean Sea in the west. The Levant is the [...]

13 09, 2017

Later Assyrians – Mesopotamia – West Asian history

By |2019-09-05T05:40:31-07:00September 13th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Tiglath-Pileser III, king of Assyria The Assyrians continued But in 827 BC a great revolt, centered on Nineveh, at the end of Shalmaneser's reign forced the Assyrians to abandon their conquests in the west. After that, they were weaker for some time. Earlier Assyrians All Mesopotamia articles The army did not go out every year [...]

13 09, 2017

West Asian environment – Mesopotamia and Iran

By |2019-09-05T05:41:35-07:00September 13th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Snow in Afghanistan Afghanistan West Asia is a dry place, where it's always hard to get enough water and there are a lot of fights over water. The easternmost part of West Asia is Afghanistan, which is mountainous and cold in the winter. On the other side of Afghanistan is China, and for the [...]

24 08, 2017

Judah and Israel – Bible stories

By |2019-09-18T07:45:38-07:00August 24th, 2017|West Asia|2 Comments

Assyrian prisoners of war from the siege of Lachish. Sennacherib's palace at Nineveh, 704-681 BC. (now in the British Museum) Under Solomon, Israel was a strong united kingdom. But when Solomon died, two of his sons divided the kingdom of Israel between them. At least that's what the Bible says. Certainly Israel really split [...]

23 08, 2017

King David and Israel – Bible stories

By |2019-10-08T05:51:35-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|0 Comments

The future King David uses his sling to throw a stone at Goliath, helped by angels. From the Bristol Psalter, written in the 1000s AD in Constantinople. When did King David live? After they got free from the Philistines, the Jews were independent again for a while. This is the time of the story [...]

14 06, 2017

Ptolemies and Cleopatra – Greek Egypt

By |2019-06-01T12:41:50-07:00June 14th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Greeks, History, Science|0 Comments

Ptolemy I Soter, on a coin (He's trying to look like Alexander) Alexander conquers Egypt In 332 BC Alexander the Great and his Greek army conquered Egypt from the Persians who were ruling Egypt. At first the Egyptians thought he would make them independent again, but he did not. Alexander made Egypt part of [...]