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Late Bronze Age timeline: 2000 – 1000 BC

By |2017-09-10T17:55:52+00:00September 10th, 2017|Central Asia, History|

Earliest known spoked wheels, from a grave in western Siberia When about 2000 BC the Central Asians invented better wheels with spokes, so you could fight from your chariot, a new wave of Indo-Europeans moved from Central Asia west to Greece, and Italy, or south into Egypt and Iran, and from Iran about 1500 BC to India. Some of [...]

Theseus kills the Minotaur – Greek myth

By |2018-04-23T13:36:45+00:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Theseus and the Minotaur - Athenian black-figure vase, ca. 550 BC According to the Greek story, Prince Theseus was the son of King Aegeus of Athens, not too long before the Trojan War (so maybe around 1300 BC). At this time the Minoans, who lived on the island of Crete, had a very strong navy. The Minoan king, King [...]

Minotaur – the Labyrinth – Greek mythology

By |2018-04-23T11:50:18+00:00July 15th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Pasiphae holds the baby Minotaur Once upon a time on the island of Crete, maybe about 1325 BC, Europa's son Minos became the king of Crete, and his wife was Queen Pasiphae (in the story; this is only a story). The gods were angry at Minos and Pasiphae (PAH-si-fay), and they made them have a monster for a [...]

Europa and Zeus – Greek mythology

By |2017-07-15T04:07:20+00:00July 15th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Europa holding the horn of Zeus (disguised as a bull) - Athenian vase found in northern Italy, 480 BC Europa, according to Greek mythology, was a girl who lived a long time ago, the daughter of the king of the Phoenicians. Zeus fell in love with her, and in order to get close to her, he disguised himself as a white bull. [...]

Daedalus and Icarus – Greek mythology

By |2018-04-23T11:41:36+00:00July 15th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Daedalus and Icarus: Icarus falling (on a wall painting from Pompeii,about 79 AD) Daedalus the inventor Once upon a time on the island of Crete, maybe about 1325 BC, there was a king whose name was Minos (in the story; this is only a story). He had living in his palace at Knossos a great architect and [...]

What is fresco painting? History of Art

By |2018-04-21T15:09:35+00:00May 25th, 2017|Art, History|

Fresco painting from Thera, Greece (about 1600 BC) Fresco is the Italian word for "fresh", and that's because painters do fresco painting on fresh, wet plaster walls. That way the colors really sink in to the plaster, and you get a glowing kind of color that is very different from what you would get [...]