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Revealing the Dark World behind Ancient Greek Gastronomy

Revealing the Dark World behind Ancient Greek Gastronomy

Food for thought: Think about our dealings with food today and pay attention to the many purposes it is used for. What comes to mind when you think of food? At the back of our heads we’re almost always thinking about the food that we eat daily, aren’t we? Food holds the power to connect people together, create memories, and bring happiness to our otherwise mundane lives. Gastronomy for the Ancient Greeks during the Archaic Greece to Roman Periods (800 BCE - post 100 BCE) wasn’t always solely for survival, and we will discover just why that is in this blogpost.

Cruise Through the Crusades

Cruise Through the Crusades

So, what were the crusades? They were portrayed as laudable, sacred missions to reclaim the Holy Land, Jerusalem. However, as most things are, there is always more than meets the eye. The crusades are important to understand due to the vastness of its impact on the lives of different groups of people. We will focus on explaining how the crusades impacted the Jews, Muslims and Crusaders, examining the motivations and consequences.

Ancient Roman Baths and Toilets

Ancient Roman Baths and Toilets

Would you bathe or do your business together with strangers? Well probably not, but back then it seems that the Romans totally would and totally did. Public baths and toilets today are available for use to the general public, separate cubicles for privacy, but for the Romans, “public” was in its literal sense, open with no privacy at all.

Naaa sowhenyaaa having fun in africa

Naaa sowhenyaaa having fun in africa

Ever wondered what life is like for those living in Africa under the Mali Empire during the 13th Century? Well, if all you can think of is the boring lives of people struggling to make ends meet, you are so wrong! Africa is home to various ethnicities and comprise of a diverse culture.

Needless to say, entertainment play a huge role when various groups of people mingle with each other. However, it was not all fun and games and entertainment even led to the formation of identity, close bonds and religious affiliations.

Sounds intriguing? Click on the READ MORE button below and enjoy an eye opening experience of the great purposes of entertainment in medieval Mali Empire.

Let's Get Sciency & Techy With The Han Dynasty

Let's Get Sciency & Techy With The Han Dynasty

Han Dynasty and the Origins of the Silk Road

From cavemen walking barefooted to traders on camels crossing deserts and travelers flying across the globe in matters of hours, we can see that throughout time, human beings have an innate tendency to move from place to place, near or far. The result of this is trade, an exchange of both tangible goods and intangible goods, which eventually led to an early form of globalisation. One of the greatest ancient routes that facilitated globalisation is the Silk Roads.

The Silk Road was formally established during the Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD). The Han Dynasty is referred as the golden age of all Chinese imperial dynasties and the Han people enjoyed economic prosperity. Internally, the Han Dynasty had numerous innovations that lead to a stable society. Externally, the trade profits from the Silk Road was able to bring wealth to the country, in terms of finance as well as beliefs and culture. Overtime, strong interwoven maritime routes along Eurasia enabled silk and other tangible goods to be heavily exchanged across the routes.

These extensive networks carried commodities and merchandise for sale and further connections with the populations brought about the transmittal of knowledge and beliefs which ingeniously impacted the Europeans’ cultures. Therefore, the advances in science and technology in the Han Dynasty, such as the inventions of agricultural tools, the treadle loom and the junk ship, were especially vital to the expansion of the Silk Road, henceforth allowing for connections and exchanges in terms of languages, ideas and cultures.

Sex, Virginity and Marriage of Medieval Women

Sex, Virginity and Marriage of Medieval Women

In the process of researching for my thesis, I found three diary entries from three different women dated back in the medieval Europe. The diaries gave me first hand insight of what women in the past had to endure during their times. The diaries covered topics including sex, virginity and marriage. These three aspects are things that we take for granted in the modern day; reading the diary entries gave me a brilliant insight to what life was thousands of years ago.

Ancient Rome Slavery

Ancient Rome Slavery

Pascal Radigue, Slaves serving wine to their masters, (1 January, 2001).

Abstract

Slavery in ancient Rome is important because slaves were imperative in the development of ancient Rome in the domestic, military and educational domains. Within these domains, there were various categories of slaves. In the domestic domain, slaves were responsible for manual labour in terms of menial jobs and specialized roles. In the the military domain, there were slaves categorized as volones, servitia castris or personal servants for the soldiers. In the education domain, there were intellectual slaves who were educated by their masters as well as those who were already educated and were tutors to their masters’ children.

 

Lienü Zhuan: Nurturing the Ideal Woman in Han Dynasty

Prior to the Qing Dynasty (1644), education for women in China was scarce and even if provided, they were restricted to the teaching of moral values and family traditions (p.277). This was also the case during the Han Dynasty (206 BCE to 220 CE), by which the Lienü Zhuan (Categorized Biographies of Women), assembled by Han scholar Liu Xiang, was one of the few books dedicated for women’s moral education. Thus, Lienü Zhuan was influential in teaching women ethics during the Han Dynasty, as the exemplary biographies of honorable women found in this book demonstrated the expected virtues that women ought to cultivate and learn from during that period.

Black Death: A Test of Faith

The Black Death was a period of turmoil and hardship, especially for the Church. Many Christians struggled with their faith in God, as they sought for an explanation to the horrors and tragedies they experienced during the Black Death. Follow Gordon and Curious Chloe on their journey to discovering the truth about Christianity during the Black Death.