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Ancient Rome Vs Ancient China - FactPile

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Ancient Rome Vs Ancient China - Which side would prevail?

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Patrick Kwong's curator insight, March 8, 2014 2:38 PM

This discussion on the 2 sides is pretty vague, as no specific time period or ruler was mentioned, which is important in the tides of battle. But it seems that China wins by majority because of their advances in weapons. Rome has a high chance though, with their industrial prowess and ability to adapt in war.

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The First Emperor of China

Qin Shi Huang 259 BC -- 210 BC. was the king of the Chinese State of Qin from 246 BC to 221 BC, during the Warring States Period. He became the first emperor...

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Video -- China's Terra-Cotta Warriors -- National Geographic

Video -- China's Terra-Cotta Warriors -- National Geographic | Ancient Cities | Scoop.it
The explore team visits the tomb of the Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses, where there is a ceramic army of as many as 8,000 life-sized, intricately carved statues modeled after Emperor Qin's army.

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Joshua Lefkowitz's curator insight, February 21, 2014 7:33 PM

This was a very informative video. I did not know that each soldier was based on a real person. That makes these sculptures all the more impressive; no two are alike. This just goes to show the impeccable attention t detail and devotion, characteristic of many Asian cultures.

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Can Confucianism save China's environment? - South China Morning Post

Can Confucianism save China's environment? - South China Morning Post | Ancient Cities | Scoop.it
Can Confucianism save China's environment?
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The answer, perhaps surprisingly, is through its most ancient philosophies and religions. Meng Zi was one of the founding philosophers of Confucianism.

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This site is focused on improving the environment. Smog is one of the many environmental problems that China suffers from. A recent statement by Confucianism practicitioners wanted to help China's environment by taking a more aware and caring role. They state that the world is precious heritage that has been passed on and this heritage must be taken care of within humanity.

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Jake & Ethan dragon slayers's curator insight, November 4, 2014 5:08 PM

This is interesting because most people don't think that old ways work and that they should be left in the dust.

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Shang Sin Chun Tong - The Largest Taoist Temple in Kowloon, Hong Kong

Shang Sin Chun Tong - The Largest Taoist Temple in Kowloon, Hong Kong | Ancient Cities | Scoop.it
Shang Sin Chun Tong is temple complex located in Rutland Quadrant, Kowloon, Hong Kong. It was built in 1952 and is the biggest Taoist temple in the area.

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This mini article gives us interested information about the largest temple in Kowloon, Hong Kong. The site gives us details on the materials that were used during the building of this temple and also the architecture that went into constructing this great buildlng.

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Unraveling the Mayans… and their myths - Tico Times

Unraveling the Mayans… and their myths - Tico Times | Ancient Cities | Scoop.it

Tico Times Unraveling the Mayans… and their myths Tico Times To find the truth about ancient Mayan texts, one researcher studied 3,000 pumpkins, visited every pumpkin patch in Guatemala and spoke with farmers before stumbling across a pumpkin...


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The Mayans: Origin and Prevalence

The Mayans: Origin and Prevalence | Ancient Cities | Scoop.it

Mayan Indians of Central America and Mexico, also called 'Maia' or 'Maya' is an ancient civilization that settled in parts of Central America, namely. ... Navigate to, About, Contact Us. Home » Mayan Calendar 2012 ...


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Tracing the Footsteps of the Mayans - The Epoch Times

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Tracing the Footsteps of the Mayans The Epoch Times I have seen the gladiators' arena in the Coliseum in Rome; I stood where the Colossus of Rhodes towered over the Greek island; I have walked amongst the shrines and temples in Kyoto, Japan; and...


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Andreina Ruiz's curator insight, February 13, 2014 11:51 PM

Chichen Itza is one of Mexico's most popular tourist destinations located in Yucatan Peninsula. The first pyramid you see when you walk in is the Temple of Kulkulkan,  also known as El Castillo. I actually had the chance to visit this place last year. It was amazing! I was told that during the fall and spring equinoxes a fascinating display of mathematical and archeological advancement could be observed, which a shadow falls on the pyramid in the shape of a serpent. As the sun sets, this shadowy snake descends the steps to eventually join a stone serpent head at the base of the great staircase up the pyramid’s side. 

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The ancient Olmec Civilization

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The ancient Olmec civilization was a complex society that predated both the Mayans and the Aztecs. The Olmecs probably influenced future societies in many ways - let's take a look...


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This is a great article to get familiarized with the Olmec Civilization. It gives you great basic information you need to know to understand the lifestyle from these people and how their lifestyle differed from other civilizations.

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Yangchen Lhamo's curator insight, February 14, 2014 1:26 PM

Although the information on Olmec Civilization are not certain, this article does give glimpse of the ancient Olmec Civilization. 

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Carbon dioxide was hidden in the ocean during last Ice Age

Carbon dioxide was hidden in the ocean during last Ice Age | Ancient Cities | Scoop.it
Why did the atmosphere contain so little carbon dioxide during the last Ice Age 20,000 years ago? Why did it rise when the Earth's climate became warmer?

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This article speaks about how during the last ice age, there was a significantly less amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The scientists run experiments and make theories due to their recordings and explain why they think that this phenomenon occurred.

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3D Printers Help Museums Give Mummies New Life

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3D printers are offering a new perspective on Egyptian mummies. The technology can reveal the contents of ancient coffins to 21st century researchers by creating exact replicas of what's inside.Jorge

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Symbology in Ancient Egypt: The Mace-head of King “Scorpion”

Symbology in Ancient Egypt: The Mace-head of King “Scorpion” | Ancient Cities | Scoop.it
When the Narmer Palette was unearthed in Nekhet, another symbolically significant artifact was unearthed along side. It has come to be known as the Mace-head of King Scorpion, a king of upper Egypt...

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Art of Ancient Egypt: Old Kingdom and First Intermediate Period

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Art of Ancient Egypt - Old Kingdom and First Intermediate Period - Web resources and image links

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Anne Gripton's curator insight, July 20, 2013 8:44 PM

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Andreina Ruiz's curator insight, January 29, 2014 12:42 AM

Egyptians usually depicted scenes from their life or religious imagery. It is amazing how there art is a way of communicating in what they went through or how they feel.

Kelsey Cherise Quates's curator insight, April 17, 2014 5:06 PM

It gives a person a whole list of pictures and artifacts that they can study and look over. 

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Ancient China in Pictures

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Religions in ancient China.

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Patrick Kwong's curator insight, February 21, 2014 2:16 PM

These pictures of ancient China tell us a lot about their practices such as their trade, mathematics, and hierarchy of authority. But what amazes me is how historians can almost accurately order these chains of events shown in these paintings.

Joshua Lefkowitz's curator insight, February 21, 2014 7:45 PM

I have always enjoyed art and Chinese art , like Japanese and Korean is very simple and intricate in detail. Like most other cultures though the art is not very indicative of daily life.

Elizabeth Otis's curator insight, February 21, 2014 8:24 PM

Some of the information that they have on the religions of ancient china is very interesting. 

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Terracotta Army, China.

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The Terracotta Army or the “Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses“, is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of...

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Confucianism, Legalism, and Daoism

This You Tube clip was put together by some students in the US and gives a brief insight into Confucianism, Legalism and Daoism. It also includes skits that demonstartes the application of each philosophy to everyday scenarios. 


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This is a great youtube video by students who give an explanation of Confucianism, Legalism and Daoism. The great thing I like about this video is that they take the beliefs and philosophies of those teachings and use it towards situations you might encounter on a daily basis.

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Confucius & Confucianism

Let's learn about Confucianism!

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Personally, I love to learn off of visual teachings. This video gives us the basics on learning about Confucius and Confucianism. The video is only 8 minutes long and gives good detail on the topic.

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China discovers primitive, 5,000-year-old writing that may be among oldest in the world

China discovers primitive, 5,000-year-old writing that may be among oldest in the world | Ancient Cities | Scoop.it

Archaeologists say they have discovered a new form of primitive writing in markings on stoneware excavated from a relic site in eastern China dating about 5,000 years back. The inscriptions are about 1,400 years older than the oldest known written Chinese language and around the same age as the oldest writing in the world. Chinese scholars are divided on whether the etchings amount to actual writing or a precursor to words that should be described as symbols, but they say the finding will help shed light on the origins of Chinese language and culture. The oldest current known Chinese writing has been found on animal bones — known as oracle bones — dating to 3,600 years ago during the Shang dynasty. The inscriptions have not been reviewed by experts outside of the country, but a group of Chinese scholars on archaeology and ancient writing met last weekend in Zhejiang province to discuss the finding. They agreed that the incisions — found on more than 200 pieces dug out from the Neolithic-era Liangzhu relic site south of Shanghai — are not enough to indicate any developed writing system. But lead archaeologist Xu Xinmin said they include evidence of words on two broken stone-ax pieces. One of the pieces has six word-like shapes strung together to resemble a short sentence. The pieces are among thousands of fragments of ceramic, stone, jade, wood, ivory and bone excavated from the Liangzhu relic site between 2003 and 2006, Xu said. "They are different from the symbols we have seen in the past on artifacts," Xu said of the markings. "The shapes and the fact that they are in a sentence-like pattern indicate they are expressions of some meaning."


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This article gives the reader details on a new finding of what seems to be a 5,000 writing piece that was found in China. This finding can be one of the oldest, not just in China, but in the whole world. However, they couldn't conclude to this to be a legit writing system.

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Joshua Lefkowitz's curator insight, February 21, 2014 7:23 PM

Archaeologists seem to have very difficult jobs. I do not understand how you could find that somewhere and think to keep it. It practically looks like someone just threw other rocks at it. 

 

however this is looking like, at least, this is a promising find and at best a significant find for the worlds of archaeology and anthropology.

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West Antarctica Warming Began 2,000 Years Earlier Than Thought, Linked to Changes in Earth Orbit | Paleoclimatology | Sci-News.com

West Antarctica Warming Began 2,000 Years Earlier Than Thought, Linked to Changes in Earth Orbit | Paleoclimatology | Sci-News.com | Ancient Cities | Scoop.it
According to a large multinational team of researchers, West Antarctica began emerging from the last Ice Age about 20,000 to 22,000 years ago.

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Brazil Weird News: Cenotes - The sacred Wells of the Mayans

Brazil Weird News: Cenotes - The sacred Wells of the Mayans | Ancient Cities | Scoop.it
Together, this concepts refer, among the mayans , to natural water fountains, wells. Cenotes are cavities of limestone rocks - more or less deep. How were formed during periods of low sea level - in many cenotes, the water is ...

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AZTECS,MAYANS ARE DECENDANTS OF THE OLMECS WHO ARE ISRAELITES!

Sequenza was a Jesuit Priest found historical proof that the Aztecs was descended from the people in the bible. For that he was expelled as a Jesuit Priest. ... (AZTECS,MAYANS ARE DECENDANTS OF THE OLMECS WHO ARE ISRAELITES!


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This is a great visualization of the civilization of how the Aztecs/Mayans were the descendants of the Olmec people. This is a sort of family tree explanation that gives you an idea of heritage from one time era to the next.

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Andrea Arminguay's curator insight, February 14, 2014 7:19 PM

this video looks interesting although everything said here is hard to believe because these people were living in different places and at different times

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How carbon dioxide melted the world

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Global data set shows that rising greenhouse-gas levels drove the end of the last ice age.

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This site explains to use the reasoning behind why scientists believe that rising carbon dioxide changes put an end to the most recent ice age and give their evidence to support their beliefs.

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How aboriginal Australians coped with the last ice age

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Thsi While we grapple with the impact of climate change, archaeologists suggest we spare a thought for Aboriginal Australians who had to cope with the last ice age.


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This site explains to use how the Aboriginal people were dealing with the last ice age. Different schools teamed up together to gather more information and make more theories due to the evidence that they have gathered.

 

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Discovery of the Rosetta Stone

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The ancient Rosetta Stone was discovered on July 19, 1799. Learn more about the stone and ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics with these books and resources.

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Egypt: Old Kingdom and First Intermediate Period (2700-2055 BC)

Egypt: Old Kingdom and First Intermediate Period (2700-2055 BC) | Ancient Cities | Scoop.it

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LaTroy Davis's curator insight, April 11, 2014 11:19 AM

The beginning of the old kingdom to its fall.  The beginning of the Dark ages.