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14 09, 2017

Who were the Lydians? West Asian history

By |2019-09-05T05:39:36-07:00September 14th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

A Lydian gold coin King Gyges About 687 BC, according to the Greek historian Herodotus, King Gyges started the new country of Lydia (LID-ee-ah), in modern Turkey where the Hittites had ruled before the Dark Age. Who were the Hittites? When was Herodotus writing? Now that the Assyrian Empire had collapsed, and the Neo-Babylonians were not very strong, it was pretty [...]

16 07, 2017

Oracles in ancient Greece – definition of a Greek oracle

By |2018-05-31T23:37:52-07:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|0 Comments

What is an oracle? The Greek oracle at Dodona in northern Greece Greek oracle definition: What is an oracle? The definition of the word oracle is actually pretty tricky. The word oracle in Greek can mean several related things, because Greek had fewer words than English does. An oracle means a god who predicts the [...]

14 07, 2017

Cassandra and the fall of Troy

By |2019-09-17T11:39:17-07:00July 14th, 2017|Greeks|2 Comments

The Cassandra myth: Ajax the Lesser drags Cassandra away from the statue of Athena Apollo curses Cassandra Cassandra was a priestess of Apollo in Troy before the Trojan War. She was very beautiful, and Apollo saw her and fell in love with her.  He offered her the gift of prophecy (being able to see  what [...]

13 07, 2017

Greek religion – ancient Greece

By |2019-09-14T06:45:42-07:00July 13th, 2017|Greeks|6 Comments

Greek religion: Athena protects her worshippers (Andokides Painter, ca. 520 BC)W Where did Greek religion come from? Greek religion was a mixture of old Minoan beliefs, Central Asian gods that the Yamnaya brought to Greece, West Asian ideas and African ideas they got from their neighbors. Who were the Minoans? Central Asian religion West Asian gods and goddesses Egyptian [...]

12 07, 2017

Delphi oracle – Predicting the future

By |2019-05-03T16:22:31-07:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|0 Comments

Temple of Apollo at Delphi How old was the shrine at Delphi? Delphi (DELL-fee), in central Greece, seems to have been a sacred shrine even before the Greeks arrived in Greece around 2100 BC. Later Greek myth said that Delphi was originally sacred to a giant snake, but when Apollo came he killed [...]

7 07, 2017

The Curse of the Alcmaeonids

By |2019-01-21T14:19:18-07:00July 7th, 2017|Greeks, History|0 Comments

Alcmaeonid curse: These skeletons of men who were killed with their hands tied may be some of Cylon's supporters. Who were the Alcmaeonids? The Alcmaeonids (alk-MEE-oh-nids) were a very rich family who lived in Athens in the Archaic and Classical periods. "Alcmaeonids" means the descendants of Alcmaeon. The Athenians thought that all the [...]

6 07, 2017

Athens under the Tyrants – Ancient Greece

By |2017-07-06T22:14:18-07:00July 6th, 2017|Government, Greeks, History|0 Comments

Obol minted under Pisistratus with the head of Medusa At first people were happy with Solon's changes. They had their farms back, and they didn't owe any money, and they weren't being killed for little things. They could (if they were free men) be judges and vote in the Assembly. But the people [...]

6 07, 2017

Ancient Greek climate, plants, and animals

By |2019-09-05T06:43:36-07:00July 6th, 2017|Greeks|39 Comments

Ancient Greek climate: The island of Rhodes Good fishing Fishing was very important to early Stone Age people, and fishing is probably what brought the first people to Greece. No part of Greece is more than about forty miles from the sea: a couple of days walking. So Greece was a great place [...]

7 06, 2017

What is the I Ching? Ancient Chinese religion

By |2019-09-06T06:03:24-07:00June 7th, 2017|China, Religion|0 Comments

Zhou Dynasty swimmers (Sichuan bronze vessel, ca. 750 BC) from around the time of the I Ching How old is the I Ching? Nobody knows for sure who wrote the I Ching, or when. But most scholars think somebody wrote this book around 800 BC, during the last years of the Western Zhou [...]