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Akkadians – Mesopotamia – West Asian history

By |2018-09-27T06:51:08+00:00September 13th, 2017|History, West Asia|

Head of Akkadian king (maybe Sargon) Sargon of Akkad Sargon of Akkad gradually conquered the area between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers around 2300 BC. Who did Sargon conquer? More about Mesopotamia The Akkadians spoke a Semitic language, like the Amorites. Sargon, according to Sumerian literature, was born to an Akkadian high priestess and a poor father, maybe a [...]

What is Sukkot? – Jewish holidays

By |2017-08-25T10:31:10+00:00August 25th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Sukkah - a temporary house just for the holiday People along the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea first began celebrating Sukkot probably at least six thousand years ago, when they were beginning to be farmers. Like Passover and Hanukkah, Sukkot was a harvest festival. After plowing, planting, pulling weeds, watering, and worrying about whether diseases or storms would wreck the [...]

Where did Passover come from? Jewish holidays

By |2017-08-24T14:32:07+00:00August 24th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Handmade Matzoh In its earliest beginnings, which could go back to the Stone Age, Passover was a Jewish spring festival. It celebrated the first barley harvest after the winter. All winter there had not really been enough to eat. Now in March or so there was finally some fresh new barley bread to eat! People were [...]

Ten commandments of Moses – History of the Jewish religion

By |2018-04-24T23:11:54+00:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Moses receiving the Ten Commandments, from a Jewish prayer book written in medieval Germany, about 1290 AD (now in the Saxon State Library) God gave the commandments to Moses The Bible says that while the Jews were wandering in the desert between Egypt and Israel, Moses received a message from God telling him to go up to the top of [...]

Byzantine Iconoclasm and Iconodules: History of Christianity

By |2018-05-17T00:21:35+00:00August 22nd, 2017|Medieval, Religion|

Icon of St. Nicholas (Russia) Byzantine iconoclasm By the early 700s AD, the Roman Empire had seen four hundred years of religious arguments about what or who Jesus Christ was. The Arians believed that Christ was all god. The Catholics believed that Christ was entirely and inseparably both god and man. (More about Arianism) And people had fought over every [...]

Byzantine art history: Iconoclasm

By |2018-04-10T22:49:22+00:00July 31st, 2017|Art, Medieval|

Artemis, carved in ivory in Constantinople (now in the Cluny museum, Paris) The art of Rome continued in an unbroken tradition from the days of the Republic down to the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Empire in 1453 AD, for more than a thousand years after the fall of the western part of the Roman Empire in the early 400s AD. But we [...]

Herakles and Busiris – Labors of Herakles

By |2018-04-23T10:07:39+00:00July 14th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Hercules kills the Egyptians (Athens, 400s BC) In this story, Herakles traveled to Egypt, where he met the king of Egypt, the Pharaoh Busiris. Busiris was a bad king. He captured Herakles, because Herakles was a stranger there, and tried to sacrifice Herakles to the Egyptian gods. This was wrong because it went against xenia. But just as they were [...]