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Vis and Ramin – Iran – West Asian stories

By |2018-04-25T23:57:31+00:00September 15th, 2017|Literature, West Asia|

A Parthian noblewoman This is a story from the Parthian Empire, but the earliest written version that we still have is by the Islamic poet Gorgani, about 1050 AD: King Mobad of Marv saw the beautiful Queen Shahru, and asked her to marry him, but she was already married. Instead, Queen Shahru promised to send King Mobad her daughter to marry, [...]

Persian and Parthian art – Iran

By |2018-04-25T23:22:22+00:00September 11th, 2017|Art, West Asia|

Molded brick relief of Persian archers, from Susa in the 400s BC Not long after the Babylonians made the Ishtar Gate, the Persians conquered the Babylonians. They took over some Assyrian art ideas and also some Babylonian ones. This is a Persian version of the Babylonian clay reliefs. They're still using molded clay bricks, [...]

Commodus to Alexander Severus – the Roman Empire

By |2018-04-25T10:08:45+00:00September 3rd, 2017|History|

The Roman emperor Commodus, Marcus Aurelius' son Commodus becomes emperor Marcus Aurelius, unlike the other Good Emperors, had a son. His son's name was Commodus, and when Marcus Aurelius died in 180 AD Commodus took over the Roman Empire. But Commodus, like the later Julio-Claudians or like Domitian, had grown up at court, and liked partying more than [...]

History of Christianity – World Religions

By |2018-04-09T23:07:26+00:00August 21st, 2017|Religion, Romans|

One of the earliest images of Jesus, from St. Callisto catacomb in Rome (ca. 250 AD) Around the time of the beginning of the Roman Empire, a new religion began among the Jews living in Israel: Christianity. People seem to have felt that these new governments - these big empires - needed bigger, more organized religions to stand up [...]