Toxic Wine Might Have Killed Alexander the Great Discovery News The overlord of one of the largest empires in the ancient world, stretching from Greece to India and Egypt, was taken to bed with severe stomach pain and fever.
I have to disagree with Bradley about the ancient Greeks being color blind. While it may be true that Homer only described blacks and whites, perhaps pinks, purples, and reds were not to be talked about. It is a possibility because some of the laws in the ancient world are ridicules to me. Like from the last article I just wrote my insight. Greeks were forbidden to eat the healthy food, and why, for no good reason.
What Didn't Ancient Greeks Eat and Were So Clever? Greek Reporter Modern science has repeatedly studied ancient writings to find more about the diet of ancient Greeks and to answer a seemingly simple question: Why were ancient Greeks so clever?
Ancient Greeks would not consume meat and cultivating vegetables was common. After watching the documentary Forks Over Knifes I know that eating meat speeds up cancer cells in the body to grow. So the Greeks were so healthy by consuming all the healthy foods. They were clever by eating zea and hippophaes, both health foods.
It seems that invasions and fighting for land happened often in the ancient world. We must be thankful that items that archeologist have found have survived the tough changes of the environment to tell stories about the past.
Having underground tunnels in rome built by our ancestors is impressive. These tunnels had many functions, seltzer, protection, and water systems. Even more impresses that they are still in existence since many heavy buildings are built above the tunnels. Luckily maps are being drawn to know if a building sits on top of a tunnel.
I have wondered why some buildings have survived for hundreds of years. Apparently the extra ingredient was volcanic ash to make concrete more durable. While today's concrete does not contain that ingredient, I am impresses with this idea.
According to reports coming out of Peru, detailed in a report from the AFP, archaeologists have unearthed a previously undiscovered temple at the famous El Paraiso site, located not far from Lima, the capital city.
Mummified dog, found in 1953, undergoing analysis by Mexican archaeologistsArt Daily“Said finding –detailed archaeologist Alejandro Bautista Valdespino– generates big expectations about archaeology in the north of Mexico.
The ancient Greeks were just as sophisticated in the way they talked about love, recognizing six different varieties. They would have been shocked by our crudeness in using a single word both to whisper "l love you" over a ...
Love is so beautiful, and the Greeks understood its importance in the ancient world. Having six type of definitions of love makes expressing the love emotion more meaningful. Everyone should continue to practice and to encourage Agape love, which is showing to love to everyone.
This resource is from the British version of the ABC. It covers all aspects of Ancient Greece in a fun way. It is easy to understand, because it has been designed for primary school students - but the information is still important!
After clicking The Greek World, I learned that civilization started with the Greek people. I am impressed that other civilization or groups of people copied there way of life. Starting democracy, and the Olympic games must have been entertaining and make individuals feel like they have power.
“More and more and higher-level technology” is heralded as the way that the human population will eventually get itself out of the global troubles it has wreaked. Under-researched genetically modified seeds to be sold to poor rural farmers in India; financially, socially and environmentally expensive Three Dams Project in China; and ethically dubious biofuel alternatives made in order to stem the toxic air pollution of the global transport industry. Each high-tech solution has its merits and its downfalls, of course, but do we always need to be looking forward or could we learn something from our ancestors?Take water, for example. Technically, it makes up 65 -75% of our bodies (depending on who you ask) and 70% of the planet’s surface is water. Much of it is not useful to us as it is found in its saline form in oceans and, in the end, only about 2% of our total water supply is fresh and thus drinkable (with much of that being locked up in glaciers and polar ice-caps, although that source is being unlocked pretty fast through climate change). It does not sound much, but it is still trillions of gallons that should be enough to sustain human and other life for eternity.
In Western countries, we are fortunate enough to have drinking water available literally at our finger tips wherever we go. All we have to do is turn on the tap. Meanwhile, less fortunate nations face severe shortages of fresh, unpolluted, drinkable water. This threat to water security is predicted to be the next big trigger of global discontent leading to what some have called the impending Water Wars.So what are some of the solutions? Since developing country governments are not currently in the financial or political position to be able to purchase and install expensive high-tech water supply systems, we need some inexpensive, locally-appropriate alternatives. Anthropologists and archaeologists point to one such alternative from their study of the ancient Maya.
The Northern Guatemalan Province of Petén, for example, is home to some of the most remarkable ancient Maya sites, including the beautiful Tikal, one of the sets of the 1977 Star Wars Episode IV film. These sites signify a one-time dense population of millions of ancient Maya, who managed to survive and thrive despite the area’s characteristically thin soils, low availability of surface water, a difficult and pronounced dry/wet climatic regime, and periodic droughts. To this day, the area has never been occupied to the same density, partly because modern technology has not been able to provide solutions to these problems.
In a recent article, published by the Global Water Forum, Dr. Ezgi Akpinar Ferrand of Southern Connecticut State University and Prof. Vernon L. Scarborough of the University of Cincinnati summarise decades of research on the ancient Maya’s land-use, food production and water management systems in a changing environment. Through it, they demonstrate how using a relatively simple system of building and maintaining ponds called aguadas the Maya were able to meet their water and food security needs.
The aguadas were dug out and lined with locally sourced natural materials, such as impermeable clay, stone or plaster lining. To make it safe for consumption, the water was filtered with connecting silting tanks and capacity was increased through dredging and by building berms. In the end, given what the researchers know about the size of the aguadas found in ancient Maya sites and the climatic conditions the people were living in, they are able to conclude that this simple technology provided ample fresh, clean water for drinking and for agricultural production needs of the hundreds of thousands of Maya that once inhabited these spaces.
The authors nicely hypothesise:
“that the application of ancient Maya water management systems may present sustainable low technology solutions to increase water and food security among present-day populations living in the same ancient landscape as well as in those nations in comparable geographic areas”.
The bottom line is, at one time, human beings were able to live in harmony with the planet. As Daniel Quinn’s poignant and profound book Ishmael teaches us, somewhere along the path we lost our way. Many modern technologies that are put in place in order to solve one problem have a tendency of creating myriad others. Reaching back instead of constantly looking forward could sometimes prove be more revealing and borrowing from our ancestors could hold the key to setting us back on track.
Interesting how our ancestors were able to survive in locations like these without having quick acces to clean water. Governments of third world country's should probably start investing on clean water methods if they want there nation to survive from the so called water wars.
In the ancient times the roman Colosseum was a place of entertainment for all. Gladiators would fight wild animals like tigers just to entertain others. This article mentioned the gladiators were people who had committed crimes. Such a terrible punishment to die fighting a wild animal.
Finding how ancient roman got there water supply is cool. But how was it discovered? Like were buildings being built over the water pipes, did natural disasters occur for the pipes to have vanished and now have been discovered again. Well it is nice that sites like these are being made available to the public to see, and lean about there history.
The Pantheon is beautiful. It was important to the roman people because after it was destroyed they reconstructed it. It's name means all the gods, which is very appropriate name for a temple. The Pantheon is still standing in great condition. From the pictures the Romans have kept it well maintained.
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