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Silver and silver mining – the history

By |2019-04-05T07:16:59-07:00September 7th, 2017|West Asia|

Silver mining slaves at Laurion, near Athens Why did people want silver? People first mined silver in the Bronze Age. Like gold, silver is a great way to help people trade. More about gold The history of money The Bronze Age Silver's easy to carry around Even before people started to make coins, little [...]

Roman basilicas – Architecture in ancient Rome

By |2019-02-13T17:46:36-07:00August 25th, 2017|Architecture, Government, Romans|

Basilica Aemilia, Rome What is a basilica? Sometimes the Romans had things they wanted to do in groups, but inside, out of the weather. Then they met in a basilica (ba-SILL-uh-ka). The word comes from the Greek word basileus, meaning a king. So a basilica started out as the king's hall. Probably the [...]

Jews in Medieval Europe – History

By |2018-04-18T23:33:48-07:00August 24th, 2017|History, Medieval, Religion|

Jewish money-lenders in medieval France The Middle Ages in Europe were a difficult time for the Jews. Many Jews lived in Western Europe between about 1000 and 1500 AD, but all the rulers were Christians, and almost all the people who had any power were Christians. These Christians thought Jews were different and strange. They suspected Jews of [...]

Medieval economy – Europe

By |2018-04-24T08:21:22-07:00August 1st, 2017|Economy, Medieval|

Medieval economy: A carpenter works in his shop. Collapse of trade After the fall of Rome, people in Europe used money less than they had before. Instead they mostly lived on what they could produce themselves. Rich people lived on what they could make other people give them because they were landlords or landladies. Money and silk [...]

Who is Lakshmi? Hindu goddess – India

By |2017-07-21T11:07:45-07:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|

Lakshmi (Sanchi Stupa, central India, 200s BC) Lakshmi was (and is) a Hindu goddess of light, wealth, good luck and success. Her name comes from the Sanskrit word laks, which can mean "light" or "goal". And that comes from an earlier Yamnaya word for "bright and shiny". There are statues of Lakshmi starting about 500 BC, but she probably became a [...]

Coins of ancient India

By |2019-04-12T05:39:57-07:00July 20th, 2017|Economy, India|

Harappan seal ca. 2000 BC - before there were coins in India Clay seals in India About 2500 BC, people in northern India started to use seals to mark their possessions. That was not long after their neighbors in West Asia first started to use seals, and Indian people probably got the idea from West Asians. More about seals [...]

Athletic events – Ancient Greek Olympics

By |2019-02-05T05:26:14-07:00July 6th, 2017|Games, Greeks|

Greek Olympic events - Men's footrace (Athens, ca. 530 BC) A short foot race At first, the only athletic competition at the Olympics was a single short foot race, 170 meters long. (According to one story, that was how far Herakles could run on one breath.) More about the Olympics All our Ancient [...]