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Adam and Eve – Bible stories

By |2019-01-17T07:47:03-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Adam and Eve eating the apple. The woman in the tree is the snake (Notre Dame Cathedral, 1200s AD) The Creation of Man According to the Book of Genesis in the Bible, God created Adam and Eve, the first man and woman. Then God placed them in a wonderful place called the Garden of [...]

Sinbad the Sailor – Arabian Nights

By |2017-07-26T09:40:30-07:00July 26th, 2017|Islam, Literature|

An island turned out to be a whale Sinbad was (as Sheherazade told the story) a trader from Baghdad. He sailed his trading ships all around the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean, carrying cotton cloth and gold and cinnamon and sugar and rugs and steel from one place to another. But he [...]

Herakles – Greek mythology

By |2018-04-23T11:38:41-07:00July 15th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Herakles as a baby, on a red-figure vase from Athens (400s BC) You might think you already know all about Hercules (the Greeks called him Herakles) from watching the Disney movie, but if you read this you'll see that the Greeks told this story very differently! According to the Greeks, Herakles was the son [...]

Herakles and the hydra – Labors of Herakles

By |2018-04-23T10:07:40-07:00July 15th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Herakles fights the Hydra (Athenian red-figure vase, ca. 475 BC, Palermo, Sicily) King Eurystheus then told Herakles he had to go kill the Hydra for another one of his labors. The Hydra was a huge snake with seven heads. Hercules thought, "Well, that sounds easy. I'll just go cut off its heads with my sword." But when [...]