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7 09, 2017

What is typhoid fever? History of diseases

By |2018-09-11T05:38:29-07:00September 7th, 2017|Science|0 Comments

Typhoid fever: A person with typhoid rash (Iran) Is it typhoid or typhus? Typhoid fever isn't the same thing as typhus at all. You catch typhus from being bit by lice that have bitten people with typhoid, and you catch typhoid from drinking water with traces of human poop in it. (You can't catch typhoid from animals.) Find [...]

3 08, 2017

Anna Comnena’s Alexiad – Byzantine literature

By |2019-01-22T11:03:06-07:00August 3rd, 2017|Literature, Medieval|0 Comments

Anna Comnena, author of the Alexiad Who was Anna Comnena? Anna Comnena was born a princess in 1083 AD. She was the oldest child of the Byzantine emperor Alexios. She was named for her grandmother, the powerful empress Anna. The Empress Anna ruled the Empire whenever Alexios was away fighting wars. The Empress Anna raised her [...]

25 07, 2017

Medieval Islamic historians

By |2018-04-09T10:31:10-07:00July 25th, 2017|History, Islam, Literature|0 Comments

A page from Ferdowsi's Shahnameh, from Herat, Afghanistan, about 1444 AD. Now in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge Islamic historians began by translating Greek historians like Herodotus and Thucydides into Arabic. But soon historians wrote in Arabic about the history of the Islamic Empire.  One example is the huge history written by al-Tabari about 900 AD. Al-Tabari had done a lot of [...]

11 07, 2017

Who was Thucydides? Ancient Greek historian

By |2018-04-23T08:03:16-07:00July 11th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|0 Comments

Thucydides, carved in the 200s BC, so long after he died. Now in the Louvre, in Paris Thucydides (thoo-SID-id-ees) was an Athenian from a rich family. He was related to the Athenian general Miltiades, who led the Athenians against the Persians at Marathon. Thucydides also became a general in the Athenian army. He [...]

10 07, 2017

Melos and Athens – Thucydides

By |2018-04-23T08:03:15-07:00July 10th, 2017|Greeks, History, Literature|0 Comments

The Pnyx, where the Athenian Assembly met In 416 BC, Athens and Sparta were right in the middle of the Peloponnesian War. As part of that war, the Athenians got in an argument with the island of Melos. It ended in disaster. Melos was an island in the Aegean Sea, between Greece and the Persian [...]

9 07, 2017

Peloponnesian War – Athens and Sparta

By |2019-09-15T07:04:12-07:00July 9th, 2017|Greeks|6 Comments

Parthenon, Athens The Athenian historian Thucydides, who lived through the Peloponnesian War and wrote the history of it, began by asking, why did the war start? He answered that basically the war started because Athens was too greedy, and tried to take over all of Greece. They had taken everybody's money, and used [...]

30 05, 2017

What are vaccinations? Definition of vaccination

By |2017-05-30T11:08:03-07:00May 30th, 2017|Biology|0 Comments

Children being vaccinated  A vaccination is a way to keep animals (both people and other kinds of animals) from getting sick when viruses get inside their bodies. The earliest kind of vaccination was when people noticed that if you had already had the sickness and gotten better, you couldn't catch it a second [...]