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Married women in West Asia

By |2018-04-25T23:58:44+00:00September 15th, 2017|People, West Asia|

Grindstone from Syria, about 1500 BC (Louvre Museum) Most married women in West Asia lived with their husband's family, so young married women took orders from their husband's mother. Sometimes the two women got along well; other times they fought the way many teenagers fight with their parents. Some families hit or starved [...]

Who was Enheduanna? Akkadian literature

By |2018-04-15T12:09:52+00:00September 15th, 2017|Literature, West Asia|

One of Enheduanna's poems, in cuneiform on a clay tablet Nobody knows Enheduanna's real name, if she had one. "Enheduanna" means "High Priestess, Ornament of the god An", but that's what people called her. Enheduanna's father was King Sargon of Akkad, and her mother was Queen Tashlultum. Enheduanna herself must have been born about 2285 BC. When she grew up, Enheduanna [...]

Kleobis and Biton – Greek mythology

By |2017-07-15T04:38:45+00:00July 15th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Stone statues of Kleobis and Biton The Greek historian Herodotus tells a story about two boys named Kleobis and Biton (KLEE-oh-biss and BYE-ton) who lived near Delphi about 600 BC. In Herodotus, the Greek wise man Solon tells their story as an example of people who lived the happiest possible lives. Read their story and see whether this would be [...]

Cassandra and the fall of Troy

By |2018-04-23T10:13:17+00:00July 14th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

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 [...]