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Mongols: Resurrectors of Silk Road and Precursors of Modern Trade

Mongols: Resurrectors of Silk Road and Precursors of Modern Trade

The Mongol Empire is famously recognised to be the largest land empire in all of history. The fearsomeness of the Mongol warriors, the terror tactics they employed and their signature horseback archery are often the topics discussed when it comes to the aspects of the Mongol Empire. However this blog post would like to introduce a crucial impact left by the Mongol, international trade. It was the Mongols who revived the Silk Road trade and brought it to new heights thus paving way to the beginnings of global trade that we see today.

Gothic Medieval Europe Architecture and Art

The Middle Ages constitutes from 500 – 1500 CE, which is divided to early, high, and late medieval ages. The Gothic Age was during the High Middle Ages, following the downfall of the Romanesque period. Christianity was a great influence in art and architecture during the Gothic Medieval period in Europe. Churches in Europe then were evidently built in Gothic style, with the significantly gothic-styled flying buttresses and stained glass. Also, art, in the form of frescos, sculptures, panel paintings, and illuminated manuscripts, often depict important Christian figures such as Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary. The impact of Christianity is obvious in Gothic Medieval Europe’s architecture and art. People, then, were deeply influenced by their faith and displayed their dedication on their religious buildings and art.

Han Dynasty Music: A Han-Dy Guide

Han Dynasty Music: A Han-Dy Guide

When Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang decided to destroy all ‘evidence’ of scholarship and culture in ancient China during the Qin Dynasty, with books of everything burnt to crisps, leaving nothing behind, traditional Chinese music was in danger of being lost forever. However, when the Han Dynasty came around, this fate was reversed…

The Art of Living (Final)

The Art of Living (Final)

The world never looked so broken as it did now. “Two thousand years of this nonsense and they still can’t get their act together,” Judge muttered under his breath. The future of humankind hung in the balance as a post-apocalyptic world loomed for Humans had lost their way over centuries of warring over ideologies. As a last resort in a bid to save humanity once and for all, the command for Operation Judgement was made…

“You, founding fathers’ of Epicureanism, Stoicism and Scepticism, have each impacted civilisations and modern thinking in different ways. Yet, those differences have led to war,” Judge had no qualms about getting straight to the point, for far too much time had been wasted. In front of him sat, in various states of decay, the great Hellenistic philosophers; Epicurus, Zeno and Pyrrho. “You have been summoned here, from your graves no less, to give an account of your philosophy and prove that your school of thought had the greatest impact on the contemporary ways of living.”

Khan You Live Like a Mongol?

Khan You Live Like a Mongol?

The early Mongols did not understand the culture and lifestyle of settled living. Their nomadic lifestyle meant that land could not be owned, much like air, or the ocean. Viewed by settled societies as barbarians, the Mongols were first united and conquered by Temüjin in 1206, where he eventually went on to form the largest neighbouring empire in history known as the Mongol empire.

Diary of Margaret Isabella Jones - Great Mesopotamian Archaeologist

Mesopotamia is one of the most oldest civilisation in the world. In ancient civilisations, a woman’s life revolves around marriage and bearing children from childhood.

Today, you will viewing contents from the diary of Margaret Isabelle Jones, a famous archaeologist well known for her work in Mesopotamia, Persia and Ancient Egypt. You will be reading her diary content written while she was on a dig at the city of Nuzi after excavations at Assur, Mari, Sumer, Ur, and a few others - present day Iraq and Syria.

From Thor to Jesus: A Gradual Change in beliefs and Power

From Thor to Jesus: A Gradual Change in beliefs and Power

Vikings are actually Christians.

Interesting isn’t it? That the group of people who created Norse mythology are practising Christians. Well, to be accurate they first believed in Norse mythology. However, the Vikings slowly converted to Christianity and their belief in Norse mythology dwindled.

Confucian Practices in the Han Dynasty

Confucian Practices in the Han Dynasty

Confucianism impacted the lives of Han people in many ways, but mainly through the practices such as marital expectations, rituals and inheritance laws. Coupled with the booming economy and technology during the Han Dynasty, the lifestyles of the Han Chinese were nothing like previous dynasties had experienced before. This blog delves further into certain key Confucian practices that the Han Chinese carried out in their times…

In-N-Out: HAN DYNASTY STYLE

In-N-Out: HAN DYNASTY STYLE

When i say "history" what words come to mind? Apart from “boring” and “long long time ago”, one word that would probably come up is “culture”! We normally associate it people living during a specific time period. It usually includes ideas such as societal norms, rites and rituals, and social behaviour of the particular people/society. However, one category that we often overlook is food and drinks!

In this post, we will not only show the different types of food and drinks eaten by the Han Dynasty Chinese, but also how the internal/external (In-N-Out) influences affect their food consumption!

BOMBASTIC BRILLIANT BYZANTINE BOYAGE

BOMBASTIC BRILLIANT BYZANTINE BOYAGE

Author’s Notes: The story recounts the interactions between a girl living on Mars in 2075 and the sassy AI developed by her grandmother. Danielle Gryce, the girl, had made a drunken promise that she would experience the Byzantine Empire simulation designed by her grandmother. Virginia, an old-school artificial intelligence who exists only as a voice, had locked up some of Danielle’s programs to coerce her into abiding by her promise. Through this adventure, Danielle will learn about how Byzantine art and architecture served as vessels through which religion and political messages were expressed. She will also realize how relatable an ancient civilization can be to Martian society.