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4 09, 2017

Plotinus and the Neoplatonists – Roman philosophy

By |2017-09-04T11:34:58-07:00September 4th, 2017|Philosophy, Romans|0 Comments

Bust of Plotinus (Ostia, ca. 250 AD) Around the time of Jesus, philosophers (and regular people) in West Asia and the Roman Empire started to think a lot about what happened to you after you died. The afterlife was very important to the Christians and the Gnostics. But a little later on, Roman philosophers developed a new idea. They suggested that when [...]

21 08, 2017

Gnostics – Early Christianity – Roman religion

By |2019-07-07T21:49:09-07:00August 21st, 2017|Religion, Romans|0 Comments

The Gnostics - Books of Roman Gnostic writings from Nag Hammadi in Egypt (300s AD) When were the Gnostics? About the time of Jesus, about 100 BC-100 AD, people living in the Eastern Mediterranean and West Asia were gradually beginning to think more about the afterlife than they had before. Development of the afterlife Jesus and Christianity Roman religion [...]

25 07, 2017

Aladdin and the Lamp – Arabian Nights

By |2019-01-20T15:48:01-07:00July 25th, 2017|Islam, Literature|0 Comments

An Islamic oil lamp like Aladdin's lamp, from the University of Michigan Scheherazade tells Aladdin's story This is one of the stories Scheherazade told the king. Scheherazade's Arabian Nights Sinbad the Sailor More Arabic literature All our Islamic Empire articles Aladdin meets a man Even though he was only a boy, Aladdin got [...]

20 07, 2017

Cinderella in India – Mahabharata

By |2019-04-04T06:02:10-07:00July 20th, 2017|India|0 Comments

Indian woman from the Mauryan period (ca. 200 BC), about the time of this Cinderella story How old is the story of Cinderella? This story comes from the Sanskrit epic poem the Mahabharata. Story-tellers were probably telling this story at least by 500 BC, during the Vedic period, and somebody wrote it down by 300 BC or so. This [...]

16 07, 2017

Pelias and Medea – After the Golden Fleece

By |2017-07-16T00:57:48-07:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|0 Comments

Medea makes the old ram young again (Athens, 400s BC) When Jason and Medea got home with the Golden Fleece, the bad king Pelias still didn't want to hand over power to his nephew. So Medea thought up a great magic plan to get rid of Pelias. She told Pelias' daughters she could make [...]