Apparently Socrates in ancient Greece was strongly opposed to the new practice of writing. He thought that it would kill the long-established skill of memorizing and reciting long stories. Furthermore he thought that writing would replace or discourage conversation. It seems ludicrous that any intellectual could oppose writing. However, every innovation involves an element of destruction. Often that destruction is of a popular practice or method. But in general, the net effect of innovation is to grow the whole sector. In the case of writing it dramatically improved the field of communication, For sure recitation diminished (though it survived) but writing transformed mankind’s ability to store and transfer knowledge.
I thought it was interesting to see how Socrates opposed written language although he is one of the most renown philophers in ancient history. Even in the modern world you can see similar concepts and ideas Socrates had taken into consideration hundreds of years ago.
This article speculates that perhaps an earthquake led to the downfall of the Mycenaean era. They are now trying to figure out if frequent earthquake activity was responsible for the beginning of the dark age of Greece by doing tests on the collapsed walls found at the sites.
This article describes some of the earliest writing in ancient china. It explains how the Shang dynasty was the first to create this written language. The language was called oracle bone script because it was carved from a heated rod into things like turtle shells.
This page illustrates what seems to be the largest city found from Neolithic ancient china. The city was constructed of stone which contained inner and outer building structures. Aside from stone structures archeologists also found carved jade and what seems to be the first mural of this period in china.
This article was very interesting, because it describes an archeological discovery from ancient Neolithic China. The site was significant because it contained intact artifacts including houses from that time period. Various types of pottery and ceramics were also found with distinctive patterns.
However, based on the length of theNeolithic-era barrows beneath each of the buildings, the researchers estimate the halls to have been 100 and 230 feet long, respectively. The team also believes the .....
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I enjoyed reading the article becuase it talks about the discovery of built shleters that may be 4000 b.C. years old. Furthermore it leave you with a question in your head as to why they burned down the structure after they were built.
The ancient poet wrote at a time near the end of the Greek Dark Ages and at the beginning of the Archaic period. Greece was a highly decentralized region made up of mostly small, self-governing societies, and the merchant ...
... colonised by Phoenicians: Carthage, of course, is the best-known Phoenician foundation, but they also settled in other areas of Northern Africa, the Iberian Peninsula, Sardinia, and Cyprus; in the western Mediterranean Phoenician, ...
This article explains the origin of the Phoenician language where it was believed to have originated. It also talks about the type of language it was and who were some of the people that adopted it. For example most famously known it was the basis for Greek language.
Academics from Britain and China claim to have found links between Neolithic cave paintings and the Dongba religion of Yunnan Province. The latest research establishes a pattern that reveals the origins of Dongba writings ...
This article makes a direct link between Dongba culture and cave paintings form Neolithic China. Even today this culture still uses this form of written language using pictures to explain different concepts. The findings of these pictographs suggest that they were used by higher ranked individuals thousands of years ago. It’s interesting to see how influential artifacts might be in discovering direct connections from our history to present day civilizations.
New archaeological discoveries in Yuyao city, in eastern China's Zhejiang province, provide a clearer picture of life in China's Neolithic age and confirm that the nation originated the practice of paddy cultivation.
This article is important because it describes one of the most influential Neolithic sites of ancient china to the modern world. This famous site found by mistake contains clear layouts of ancient Neolithic tribes. It explains also how the civilizations cultivated patty fields.
Indeed, the authors also demonstrate that the populations who adopted a sedentary farming lifestyle during the Neolithic had previously experienced the strongest Paleolithic expansions. Conversely ...
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The ancient world made a dramatic change when people left old customs behind and began new ways of living and expanding. During the begin of the new stone age people left nomatic lifestyles and began building permanet settlements which allowed agricultural growth. With new these methods of living the world's population skyrocketed.
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