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Who were the Philistines? West Asian history

By | 2018-04-16T14:30:55+00:00 September 14th, 2017|History, West Asia|

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 [...]

West Asian history – The Levant, Mesopotamia, and Iran

By | 2018-04-08T11:46:59+00:00 September 14th, 2017|History, West Asia|

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 [...]

Later Assyrians – Mesopotamia – West Asian history

By | 2018-04-08T11:46:31+00:00 September 13th, 2017|History, West Asia|

Tiglath-Pileser III, king of Assyria 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, and they were weaker for some time. The army did not go out every year to plunder anymore, and when the army did go [...]

West Asian environment – Mesopotamia and Iran

By | 2018-04-18T09:54:02+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Environment, West Asia|

Snow in 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 most [...]

Judah and Israel – Bible stories

By | 2017-08-24T09:59:50+00:00 August 24th, 2017|History, Religion, West Asia|

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 [...]

King David and Israel – Bible stories

By | 2017-08-23T23:11:58+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

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

Ptolemies and Cleopatra – Greek Egypt

By | 2018-04-19T13:29:36+00:00 June 14th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Greeks, History, Science|

Ptolemy I Soter, on a coin (He's trying to look like Alexander) 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 his own empire. [...]