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4 09, 2017

Roman sailing – boats in the Roman empire

By |2017-09-04T23:57:44-07:00September 4th, 2017|Romans, Science|0 Comments

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 [...]

18 07, 2017

Ancient Greek ships and sailing

By |2019-09-16T05:36:25-07:00July 18th, 2017|Greeks|4 Comments

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 [...]

8 06, 2017

What is hemp cloth? Chinese clothing

By |2019-08-09T13:28:23-07:00June 8th, 2017|China, Clothing|4 Comments

Wild hemp plant - for hemp cloth, oil, or medicine Where does hemp grow wild? 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 [...]