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Make a hoplite shield – Ancient Greece project

By |2018-04-18T23:33:16+00:00June 11th, 2017|Crafts, Greeks, War|

Spartan Shield, made by 6th graders at Laurelhurst School, Portland Greek hoplite soldiers carried shields like this one. The cut out areas made the shield lighter to carry. To make a shield like this one, cut the shape out of a large piece of cardboard and paint it. Then after the paint dries, glue [...]

Horses and archery – Central Asian warfare

By |2018-04-16T14:01:39+00:00June 1st, 2017|Central Asia, War|

Scythian woman fighting Greeks (Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, ca. 350 BC) Central Asian soldiers were famous for fighting on horseback. Because Central Asian people spent a lot of time on horseback, herding their cattle, and because the grasslands where they lived were great places to ride horses, Central Asian people were very good at [...]

African Warfare – Colonization and Independence

By |2018-04-13T15:41:40+00:00May 24th, 2017|Africa, War|

By 1500 AD, in order to defend themselves from Ottoman and European attacks, some African kingdoms were adopting the military techniques of West Asia, India, and Europe. Generally, if you lived closer to international traders, you were richer and could build a better army, but at the same time you were in more danger of [...]