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Mining and miners in ancient West Asia

By |2019-09-04T07:31:03-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|

Skeleton of a salt miner from Sassanid Iran Mining was a dangerous job. So most people in the ancient world didn't want to do it. This is the skeleton of a young salt miner. Very likely the miner was enslaved, so he didn't have any choice about working in the salt mine. He [...]

Persian and Parthian art – Iran

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

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, [...]

Arabian Nights – Medieval Islamic Literature

By |2019-01-30T05:55:43-07:00July 25th, 2017|Islam, Literature|

Princess (ca. 1540 AD) How old are the Arabian Nights stories? People in India and Iran have been telling these stories for a long time - nobody knows how long. Around 850 AD, an Iranian writer in the Abbasid Empire collected a bunch of stories into a book called Alf Layla wa Layla, or the Thousand and One Nights - [...]

When was backgammon invented?

By |2019-02-08T05:30:40-07:00June 23rd, 2017|Central Asia, Games|

Royal Game of Ur (2600 BC; British Museum) Backgammon's from older board games Backgammon is descended from much older board games from Africa and West Asia like Senet and Tabula and Nard. History of board games More West Asian games All our West Asia articles It's probably most closely related to the Royal [...]