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15 09, 2017

Epic of Gilgamesh – Mesopotamian writing

By |2019-09-04T08:13:45-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Epic of Gilgamesh: Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu fight the monster Humbaba, on an Assyrian cylinder seal from the 600s BC The real king Gilgamesh The Epic of Gilgamesh is a story about a Sumerian king (Gilgamesh) who seems to have lived around 2500 BC, in Mesopotamia. Who were the Sumerians? And the Assyrians? West Asian literature [...]

23 08, 2017

What is tonsure? Medieval Christianity

By |2019-09-16T20:23:24-07:00August 23rd, 2017|History|4 Comments

Young tonsured monks at school Tonsure means to cut off someone's hair. Monks and nuns in the Middle Ages generally showed that they were monks by cutting their hair short (when most people wore theirs long).  Christian monks got a special short haircut by shaving a bald spot in the middle of the back of [...]

1 08, 2017

What is feudalism? Definition of medieval feudalism

By |2019-06-08T07:07:39-07:00August 1st, 2017|Government, Medieval|1 Comment

Medieval feudalism: Harold swears an oath to William (Bayeux Tapestry, about 1077 AD) What is feudalism? Feudalism is a way to govern a large state when the king is poor and not very powerful, and when there aren't good roads so it is hard to communicate with people who live far away at the other end of [...]

20 07, 2017

Ancient Indian government

By |2019-09-14T06:38:07-07:00July 20th, 2017|India|9 Comments

Indian government: Sanchi Stupa Northern Gateway (ca. 50 BC) Early Indian government Nobody knows what Indian government was like in the Harappan period. Probably they had a king over each city, the way West Asia did at this time. Probably they had some queens, the way Egypt did. Who were the Harappans? All our India articles The caste system [...]

6 07, 2017

Government of Ancient Greece

By |2019-09-05T06:41:50-07:00July 6th, 2017|Greeks|106 Comments

Government of ancient Greece: the Mask of Agamemnon, from Mycenae, Greece (1500 BC). Now in Athens What kind of government did Ancient Greece have? Ancient Greece had a lot of different kinds of governments, because there were many different city-states in ancient Greece. What is a city-state? More Ancient Greece articles Each city-state [...]

29 06, 2017

What is a monarchy? Definition of monarchy

By |2018-05-14T11:10:03-07:00June 29th, 2017|Government|1 Comment

Monarchy definition: Narmer Palette, Ancient Egypt (about 3100 BC) What is a monarchy? A monarchy is a government where one person is in charge. That person can be a king or a queen, but they could also be called a prince or princess, a emperor or empress, a dictator, or many other titles. [...]