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2 10, 2017

Life in ancient Africa – gender and class history

By |2019-08-21T09:34:21-07:00October 2nd, 2017|Africa|4 Comments

African daily life: Mary and Jesus, from Ethiopia (ca. 1500 AD) (Now in the J. Paul Getty Museum) Inequality in African society Ancient African society didn't have the huge differences between rich and poor people that plagued Europe and Asia. North Africa, being part of the Mediterranean community, was an exception. But south of the Sahara [...]

15 09, 2017

Married women in West Asia

By |2019-09-04T07:30:46-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Grindstone from Syria, about 1500 BC (Louvre Museum) Most married women in West Asia lived with their husband's family, so young married women took orders from their husband's mother. Sometimes the two women got along well; other times they fought the way many teenagers fight with their parents. Some families hit or starved [...]

15 09, 2017

Girls and young women in West Asia

By |2019-09-04T07:30:55-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

West Asian girls: An enslaved woman stands behind a free Elamite woman who is spinning (600s BC) Women were oppressed In West Asia, even more than in most other state societies all over the world, men did not allow women to do all the things that men did. People valued women less than men, and [...]

15 09, 2017

Inheritance in West Asia – Mesopotamia and Iran

By |2019-09-19T06:00:57-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Inheritance: an Akkadian will (in the Louvre museum, Paris) A will written in cuneiform This is the will of a man named Baal-Karad from Syria, who lived about 1300 BC, in the time of the New Kingdom in Egypt and the Trojan War in Greece. The scribe wrote Baal-Karad's will in cuneiform letters on a clay tablet. Who were the Assyrians? [...]

15 09, 2017

West Asian people – families, schools, slavery

By |2019-09-04T07:31:22-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

West Asian people: Ur-Nanshe, the king's chief musician in Mari, 2400s BC Oppression of women What we notice most about the way people lived in West Asia is the widespread oppression of women. As compared to their neighbors in Sudan, Egypt, Central Asia, the Roman Empire, or even India, West Asian women were [...]

9 09, 2017

Who were the Moche? South American history

By |2019-03-01T10:20:41-07:00September 9th, 2017|History, South America|0 Comments

Moche portrait of a blind man, 400-500 AD (thanks to Oberlin College) The collapse of the Chavin state in Peru, about 250 BC, seems to have opened the way for the Moche and the Nazca to develop states of their own. The Moche started up around 100 AD along the Pacific coast of South America, in what is now northern Peru. The [...]

9 09, 2017

Who were the Guarani? South American history

By |2019-07-26T21:14:43-07:00September 9th, 2017|South America|0 Comments

Guarani people performing a dance in the 1800s The Tupi move south When the first Tupi people expanded their territory from Central America to reach the coast of Brazil about 900 BC, some of them kept on moving south along the Atlantic coast. Early history of Brazil South American history All our South America articles From [...]

4 09, 2017

Roman women: Women in ancient Rome – gender and power

By |2018-05-16T23:44:59-07:00September 4th, 2017|People, Romans|2 Comments

Roman women: an old woman, about 50 AD. The sculptor has made her look silly on purpose to make fun of old women Were women oppressed in ancient Rome? Roman women lived under many restrictions that did not apply to Roman men. Roman women knew that men were treating them unfairly, and they [...]

4 09, 2017

Ancient Roman people – who lived in the Roman Empire?

By |2018-04-25T10:24:36-07:00September 4th, 2017|People, Romans|0 Comments

A barmaid brings a drink to two men sitting on chairs. The words show the men arguing about whose drink it is. (Caupona of Salvius, Pompeii, 79 AD) The Roman Empire was so big that there were a lot of different people with different cultures living in it. So you can't really say there was one [...]

2 09, 2017

Agrippina the Younger – history of Rome

By |2019-01-19T11:22:49-07:00September 2nd, 2017|History, Romans|0 Comments

Agrippina the Younger. 49-50 AD. Now in Milan, in the Civic Archaeological MuseumA Who was Agrippina the Younger? Agrippina the Younger was Caligula's oldest sister, so like him she was the daughter of Germanicus and Agrippina the Elder, and she was a great-granddaughter of Augustus. Who was Caligula? The early Julio-Claudians All our Ancient [...]