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Who is Dionysos? Ancient Greek gods

By |2019-05-09T05:06:27-07:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|

The god Dionysos is the god of wine and grapes What is Dionysos the god of? For the Greeks, Dionysos was a fertility god like Demeter. But while Demeter was the goddess of dry things growing, like grain, Dionysos was the god of wet things growing. Who is Demeter? And Persephone? Wine and [...]

Ancient Greek food – History of Food – Ancient Greece

By |2019-07-18T09:11:42-07:00July 6th, 2017|Food, Greeks|

Ancient Greek food - Platter with fish (Metropolitan Museum of Art) Sacrifice and Greek food Food, for people in Ancient Greece, was what separated people from animals, and from the gods. Gods didn't need to eat, and people did. Animals ate their food raw, but people cooked their food and were civilized. The [...]

Hellenistic economy – ancient Greece

By |2018-04-22T12:28:03-07:00July 6th, 2017|Economy, Greeks|

Hellenistic economy: a sculpture of a woman selling vegetables at the market Mercenary soldiers After the Peloponnesian War was over in 404 BC, everyone in Greece was poorer than before, and many men who had been soldiers were out of work. So a lot of those men went to be mercenary soldiers for [...]

Greek economy in the classical period

By |2018-04-22T11:55:28-07:00July 6th, 2017|Economy, Greeks|

Classical Greek economy: Sailors rowing trading ships (Athens ca. 550 BC) Greek mercenary soldiers The trends of the Archaic period in Greece continued into the Classical period, about 500-400 BC, with both trade and fighting big contributors to the classical Greek economy. Greek mercenary soldiers fought for the Egyptians, who were trying to [...]

Economy in Archaic Greece

By |2019-01-31T07:07:58-07:00July 5th, 2017|Economy, Greeks|

Archaic Greek economy: A black-figure vase showing a blacksmith at work (Athens, about 550 BC) Not much trade in the Dark Ages During the political collapse of the Greek Dark Age (about 1200-1000 BC), many Greek people did not have children, or left for other countries. There weren't so many people living in [...]

Early European inventions

By |2019-06-02T12:31:48-07:00June 29th, 2017|Northern Europe, Science|

Earliest science in Europe A Neanderthal stone awl - early European inventions For a long time, northern Europe was a scientific backwater: new ideas came from other places to northern Europe, and not the other way around. The earliest people came to northern Europe probably about a million years ago. These were not [...]

Early European economy – northern Europe

By |2019-06-02T06:37:42-07:00June 27th, 2017|Economy, Northern Europe|

Abrigo del Ciervo, Spain, ca. 6000 BC: Early European economy Hunting and gathering The first people in Europe lived by hunting and gathering; they probably had both dogs and bows and arrows to help them by the time they arrived. Stone Age Northern Europe History of dogs Who invented the bow and arrow? [...]