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Ancient Lives

Ancient Lives

Urban Sketchers Portugal International Big History Association - Home History and Geography of Europe Watercolor Painting Free lessons and tutorials, Step-by-step paintings, techniques, hints and tips Aztec Children The lives of Aztec children are fascinating in many respects. To understand how children fit into Aztec culture, and how they were honoured, we should go right back to the beginning... even before the children were born. Birth Since warfare was glorified by the Aztecs, it was even used to symbolize childbirth. A hymn for a new child sung to the goddess of childbirth, found in the Codex Florentino, said: Down there, where Ayopechcatl lives, the jewel is born, a child has come into the world.It is down there, in her own place, that the children are born.Come, come here, new-born child, come here.Come, come here, jewel-child, come here. A soothsayer then came to the home of the newly born child to study the astrological significance of the child's birth, down to the exact day and minute of the child's entrance into the world. Aztec children and their Parents All of the evidence is that Aztec parents loved their children deeply. Chores and school More about classes and society Games and song

A global movement for localised food and farming: The beginning of agriculture in Europe | TABLE Debates Image: Kelly Reed, Reconstructed Neolithic house at Sopot, Croatia The world we inhabit today has changed dramatically since we first began farming thousands of years ago. Yet the challenge to provide food security to all is not new and has been a common struggle throughout our past. This blog starts at the beginning, when early immigrant farmers moved into Europe from southwest Asia, gradually replacing and assimilating mobile hunter-gatherers who lived in this region. How did the advent of farming change the scale of food production in Europe? Agriculture originated in several small hubs around the world. Hunter-gatherer populations today, as in the past, have always maintained very small and relatively mobile groups; they also tend to consume hundreds of different edible plants on a seasonal basis. Neolithic farmers, in contrast, seemed to take responsibility for “making” their environments, by burning fields and turning over the soil. Domesticated barley crop. References

Aztecs for Kids - Daily Life Like nearly all of the ancient civilizations, the rich lived in luxury and the poor worked. In the Aztec civilization, class structure was very important. Homes : The Rich: Homes of the nobles and wealthy were made of sun-dried brick. The Poor: Homes of the farmers and other commoners were huts with thatched roofs. Clothing : Upper Class: People in the upper class wore clothing decorated with feathers and embroidery to show their status. Common People: It was against the law for commoners to wear feathers. Marriage : At about age 20, men married women who were ages 14-15. Matchmakers were usually old women. New Babies: The birth of a baby was a really big deal. Correct Behavior : The Aztecs were very concerned that all their citizens behave correctly. Slaves: The Aztec nobles had slaves. Poetry: For all their love of war, the Aztecs had a softer side. Games : The Aztecs loved games. Schools : Kids went to school . All Aztec children had to attend school, even girls and slaves. Slaves

Your Book Review: On The Natural Faculties - Astral Codex Ten [This is the second of many finalists in the book review contest. It’s not by me - it’s by an ACX reader who will remain anonymous until after voting is done, to prevent their identity from influencing your decisions. I’ll be posting about two of these a week for the next few months. When you’ve read all of them, I’ll ask you to vote for your favorite, so remember which ones you liked. - SA] If you’re looking for the whipping boy for all of medicine, and most of science, look no further than Galen of Pergamon. Centuries went by, but not much changed. And so on until the present day. Consider Galen, the second-century physician to Rome’s emperors…Galen was untroubled by doubt. Scott then says, After hearing one too many “everyone thought Columbus would fall off the edge of the flat world” -style stories, I tend to be skeptical of “people in the past were hilariously stupid” anecdotes. This strikes me the same way. I’m also concerned that this criticism doesn’t pass the sniff test.

Historical Atlas of the British Empire James Franklin: The Renaissance Myth James Franklin ( Quadrant 26 (11) (Nov. 1982), 51-60) THE HISTORY OF IDEAS is full of more tall stories than most other departments of history. Here are three which manage to combine initial implausibility with impregnability to refutation: that in the Middle Ages it was believed that the world was flat; that medieval philosophers debated as to how many angels could dance on the head of a pin; that Galileo revolutionised physics by dropping weights from the Leaning Tower of Pisa. None of these stories is true, and no competent historian has asserted any of them, but none shows any sign of disappearing from the public consciousness. The walnut signifies Christ, the sweet kernel is His divine nature, the green and pulpy outer peel is His humanity, the wooden shell between is the Cross ...

myhistro | Just another site The East India Company: How a trading corporation became an imperial ruler In 1600, a group of London merchants led by Sir Thomas Smythe petitioned Queen Elizabeth I to grant them a royal charter to trade with the countries of the eastern hemisphere. And so, the ‘Honourable Company of Merchants of London Trading with the East Indies’ – or East India Company, as it came to be known – was founded. Few could have predicted the seismic shifts in the dynamics of global trade that would follow, nor that 258 years later, the company would pass control of a subcontinent to the British crown. The company has recently been featured in BBC1’s period drama Taboo – central character James Delaney, played by Tom Hardy, comes into conflict with the EIC, which is characterised as a mighty and villainous organisation. In reality, how did this company gain and consolidate its power and profit? With Emperor Jehangir’s permission, they began to build small bases, or factories, on India's eastern and western coasts. A player in politics A ‘colony of exploitation’