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14 09, 2017

Who were the Persians? Persian Empire – Iran – history

By |2019-09-05T05:39:06-07:00September 14th, 2017|West Asia|8 Comments

The Persians came from the Central Asian steppe The Persians and the Medes Around 1200 BC, some Indo-European people from Central Asia moved south into West Asia. These people were the Persians and the Medes. Who were the Indo-Europeans? More Central Asia articles More West Asia (Middle East) articles Nomads and cattle-herders in Central Asia The Persians [...]

14 09, 2017

West Asian history – The Levant, Mesopotamia, and Iran

By |2019-09-05T05:40:01-07:00September 14th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Map of West Asia People also call West Asia the Near East or the Middle East. It is the part of Asia that is closest to the Mediterranean Sea. West Asia covers all the land between Russia in the north, Afghanistan in the east, the Persian Gulf in the south, and the Mediterranean Sea in the west. The Levant is the [...]

11 09, 2017

Persian and Parthian art – Iran

By |2019-09-05T06:00:17-07:00September 11th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

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, [...]

11 09, 2017

West Asian architecture – Ancient Mesopotamian architecture

By |2019-09-05T06:00:48-07:00September 11th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Mesopotamian architecture: The Ishtar Gate of ancient Babylon, built during the Neo-Babylonian period (600s BC). Now in Berlin. Mesopotamian architecture Builders in Mesopotamia always had a serious problem. There was not enough stone or wood. But there was lots and lots of clay. So their buildings were usually built of brick, or mud-brick. West Asian builders got used [...]

24 08, 2017

Persia and the Jews – West Asian history

By |2018-04-24T23:20:00-07:00August 24th, 2017|History, Religion, West Asia|0 Comments

The remains of the Second Temple in Jerusalem In 536 BC, Cyrus the Great, the king of the Persians, conquered the Babylonian Empire. Cyrus believed that religious freedom was important to keeping his empire together. And he wanted each area (satrapy) of his empire to rule itself. So he let the Jews go home from Babylon [...]

23 08, 2017

Daniel in the lion’s den – Bible stories

By |2019-05-01T05:57:37-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|0 Comments

Daniel in the lion's den, from the sarcophagus of Junius Bassus, 359 AD in Rome Who was Daniel? In the Bible story, Daniel was one of the Jews who was in captivity in Babylon during the reign of the Neo-Babylonian kings, in the 600s BC. Babylonian Captivity Neo-Babylonians History of the Jews All our West Asia articles [...]

23 08, 2017

Babylonian captivity – Jewish history

By |2019-02-07T19:16:42-07:00August 23rd, 2017|History, West Asia|0 Comments

Seal of King Hezekiah, from Judah, about 700 BC Israel and Judah fight wars 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. Who were the Assyrians? What were Israel and Judah? All our West Asia articles This meant that the Jews could [...]

21 08, 2017

Where do Easter eggs come from? History of religion

By |2019-03-22T11:44:51-07:00August 21st, 2017|Religion|0 Comments

Ostrich eggshell from Diepkloof Rock Shelter, South Africa (60,000 BC) When did people start dyeing eggs? Easter eggs go back long before Easter, and even long before the beginning of farming. As long ago as the Paleolithic, about 60,000 BC, people in Africa were scratching patterns and lines on ostrich eggs, though nobody knows what they had in [...]

27 07, 2017

The Yamnaya and the Indo-European language family

By |2018-04-21T13:20:00-07:00July 27th, 2017|Central Asia, History|3 Comments

Yamnaya get around: Map of the spread of Indo-European languages Who were the Yamnaya? People we call the Yamnaya (Ukrainian for "People who lived in pits") seem to have been speaking an early version of the Indo-European language at least as early as 5000 BC in the area between the Black Sea and the Caspian [...]