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What is a pontoon bridge? History of science

By |2017-09-08T09:08:30+00:00September 8th, 2017|Science, West Asia|

A pontoon bridge from the Column of Marcus Aurelius, in Rome A pontoon bridge is a temporary bridge that you make by lining up a lot of boats crossways across the river, and then putting wooden planks over the boats to make a bridge. You can see one in the picture. It's a fast way [...]

Column of Marcus Aurelius – Roman art

By |2018-04-24T23:47:56+00:00August 31st, 2017|Art, Romans|

Column of Marcus Aurelius in Rome Marcus Aurelius' column was actually not built by Marcus Aurelius himself but by his son Commodus, about 180-190 AD. Commodus wanted to remind people in Rome about his father's victories in a war against the Marcomanni north of Rome (in modern Switzerland). It's a lot like Trajan's Column, but art styles had [...]

Second Persian War – ancient Greece

By |2017-07-09T02:12:19+00:00July 9th, 2017|Greeks, History, West Asia|

Gold coin of Xerxes (or another Persian king) After the Athenians beat the Persians in the First Persian War, at the battle of Marathon, the Persians left the Greeks alone for ten years. The Persians were busy fighting a revolt in Egypt, and their king Darius had died. But as soon as Darius' son [...]