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Stoics – Greek and Roman philosophy

By |2018-04-18T17:19:14-07:00August 16th, 2017|Greeks, Philosophy|

Cicero, a Roman philosopher The Stoics were a group of philosophers who first began teaching their ideas in the Hellenistic period. Stoicism was founded by a man named Zeno, who lived from 335-263 BC. He was friendly with the successors of Alexander who ruled Greece. Zeno lived in Athens, which was a great center of learning. He used to [...]

René Descartes – European philosophy

By |2018-04-11T18:19:13-07:00August 6th, 2017|Modern Europe, Philosophy|

René Descartes was one of the earliest philosophers of the European Enlightenment, in the early 1600s AD. He was just 8 years younger than Hobbes. While Descartes was growing up, Henry IV was killed, Marie de Medici ruled, and then Richelieu. Descartes' mother died in childbirth when he was a baby. As a Catholic, Descartes went to Jesuit school. [...]

Arcadius to Justin – Byzantine History

By |2019-01-30T16:30:56-07:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|

The Roman emperor Arcadius Honorius and Arcadius After the death of Theodosius in 395 AD, the empire fell to his sons, the west to Honorius and the east to Arcadius. Arcadius left all the work to his adviser Ricimer, who seems to have been the one to make the fateful decision that he could not successfully defend the [...]

Anastasius to Justin – Byzantine history

By |2019-01-26T09:28:33-07:00August 1st, 2017|History, Medieval|

The Byzantine empress Ariadne, who married Anastasius. Now in the Louvre museum in Paris Anastasius becomes Roman Emperor When the Roman Emperor Zeno died in 491 AD, his widow Ariadne chose one of Zeno's advisors, Anastasius, to become the new emperor (and she married him too). Back to Zeno All our Roman Empire articles Early Medieval articles Zeno left the [...]

When was backgammon invented?

By |2019-02-08T05:30:40-07:00June 23rd, 2017|Central Asia, Games|

Royal Game of Ur (2600 BC; British Museum) Backgammon's from older board games Backgammon is descended from much older board games from Africa and West Asia like Senet and Tabula and Nard. History of board games More West Asian games All our West Asia articles It's probably most closely related to the Royal [...]