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The Jews and the Levant – West Asian history

By |2018-04-25T23:49:08+00:00September 14th, 2017|History, West Asia|

Tel Kabri, a Canaanite palace ca. 1600 BC By the end of the Stone Age, the people who would eventually become known as the Hebrews, and then the Jews, were mostly settled down in villages, farming, though some of them may have been nomadic shepherds like Abraham and Isaac in the Bible. During the Bronze Age, the people living in Israel, [...]

Ancient Greek painting – ancient Greece

By |2018-04-22T11:09:38+00:00July 3rd, 2017|Art, Greeks|

Attacking a town with ships (Thera, ca. 1600 BC) The oldest paintings in Europe are cave paintings from Western Europe, but the Greeks probably learned to create art not from the cave paintings but from West Asian and Egyptian artists who lived closer to them. Stone Age Greek artists concentrated on pottery; they [...]

Minoan and Mycenaean Greek painting

By |2018-04-22T10:38:25+00:00July 2nd, 2017|Art, Greeks|

Dolphin fresco, Knossos, Crete (about 1500 BC) Although people in Northern Europe were doing cave paintings tens of thousands of years earlier, the first paintings from Greece are not until the Late Bronze Age, about 1700 BC. They come from the island of Crete, where the Minoans lived. Minoan people created these paintings [...]

Minoan and Mycenaean architecture

By |2018-04-15T15:37:39+00:00July 1st, 2017|Architecture, Greeks|

Bronze Age palace in Knossos, Crete Around 1700 BC, a great earthquake shook the island of Crete and knocked down the palaces (or big houses) that many people had been living in. The people rebuilt these palaces much bigger and more beautiful than before, but still along the same lines of all the [...]