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Roman sailing – boats in the Roman empire

By |2017-09-04T23:57:44+00:00September 4th, 2017|Romans, Science|

Roman sailing ship with square sails (100s AD, Bardo Museum, Tunisia) Until the First Punic War, in 264 BC, the Romans had not been sailors, and had never had a navy. But when they had to fight the Carthaginians, who were descended from the Phoenicians and were great sailors, the Romans learned to build ships by copying a [...]

Ancient Greek ships and boats – Sailing in ancient Greece

By |2018-05-29T23:27:45+00:00July 18th, 2017|Economy, Greeks|

Greek ships: A sailing ship with rowers at the oars Early Greek sailing Because Greece was so mountainous, and every place in Greece was so close to the sea, a lot of people in Greece used boats to get from one place to another, even starting as early as the Stone Age, when people sailed to [...]

What is hemp cloth? Chinese clothing

By |2018-04-18T09:53:48+00:00June 8th, 2017|China, Clothing|

Wild hemp plant Before people ever thought of using it for anything, hemp grew wild all over Central Asia, India, and East Asia. It's related to cabbage plants. Probably hemp began to grow near where people lived on its own, without any help from people. Hemp likes to grow where the ground has [...]