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Neo-Babylonians – Mesopotamia – West Asian history

By |2018-04-15T10:05:41+00:00September 13th, 2017|History, West Asia|

The Ishtar Gate of ancient Babylon, built during the Neo-Babylonian period (600s BC). Now in Berlin. As the Assyrians got weaker, pieces of their empire began to break off. People saw their chance to become independent and grabbed it. Egypt became independent again. So did Israel for a while. But then in the 600s BC a new empire started up. It [...]

Babylonian captivity – Jewish history

By |2017-08-23T17:42:04+00:00August 23rd, 2017|History, West Asia|

Seal of King Hezekiah, from Judah, about 700 BC Unfortunately for the Jews, the Assyrians did not hold West Asia for very much longer. During the 700s BC, the Assyrians began to lose power. This meant that the Jews could be more independent of the Assyrians. But their neighbors were also more independent. So this also meant that the [...]

Greek philosophy – ancient Greece

By |2018-10-02T08:47:34+00:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Philosophy|

Greek philosophy at a symposium: men talking at a party - Loan Ant.103.18.The Fitzwilliam Museum The beginnings of philosophy In the 500s BC, people all over Europe and Asia became more and more interested in great philosophical questions. Why are we here? How does the world work? Why do things happen the way [...]