money

Home » money

Silver and silver mining – the history

By | 2017-10-17T13:26:22+00:00 September 7th, 2017|Economy, West Asia|

Silver mining slaves at Laurion, near Athens People first mined silver in the Bronze Age. Like gold, silver is a great way to help people trade. Even before people started to make coins, little bits of silver - bracelets, earrings, and necklaces - were a great way to carry around something valuable but not [...]

Roman economy – jobs, stores, money, debt

By | 2017-08-31T22:31:45+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Economy, Romans|

Roman olive press mosaic (200-250 AD) now in St. Germain en Laye, France Most people in the Roman world were farmers. Some of the people who worked on farms were slaves, but most of them were free. Some owned their own land, but most people had to rent their land from a richer person. Depending [...]

Roman basilicas – Architecture in ancient Rome

By | 2017-08-25T17:01:17+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Architecture, Government, Romans|

Basilica Aemilia, Rome When the Romans had any activity they wanted to do in groups, but inside, out of the weather, they generally met in a basilica (ba-SILL-uh-ka). A basilica is a long hall with two or more rows of columns running down the long way to help hold the roof up, like [...]

Jews in Medieval Europe – History

By | 2017-08-24T12:02:04+00:00 August 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 | 2017-08-01T09:57:13+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Economy, Medieval|

A medieval carpenter works in his shop. After the fall of Rome, people 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. Still even poor people in the countryside kept on [...]

Who is Lakshmi? Hindu goddess – India

By | 2017-07-21T11:07:45+00:00 July 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 | 2017-07-20T06:26:38+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Economy, India|

Harappan seal ca. 2000 BC 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. Early Indian coin, ca. 600 BC The first metal coins also probably came to [...]

Athletic events – Ancient Greek Olympics

By | 2017-07-06T03:57:03+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Games, Greeks|

Men's footrace (Athens, ca. 530 BC) 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 Hercules could run on one breath.) For the first twelve Olympics, that's all there was. The whole thing was over in [...]