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Emma Marriott

    Lacivərd Məmmədovahas quotedlast year
    Though the date of the Buddha’s death is uncertain, we know that his body was cremated and his ashes placed in eight urns buried in earth mounds. Two centuries later the Maurya Emperor of India, Ashoka (see here), would excavate these urns and subdivide them to create 84,000 memorial shrines to Buddha.
    Nicolas Palacioshas quoted2 years ago
    The first known system of writing originated in Sumer: at first pictographic, it gradually evolved into a series of simplified wedge-shaped signs formed using reed stalks on clay tablets (the script came to be called ‘cuneiform’, meaning ‘wedge-shaped’ in Latin
    Nicolas Palacioshas quoted2 years ago
    The earliest period of Ancient Egypt, known as the Old Kingdom (c. 2575–2130 BC), was ruled by a number of powerful pharaohs
    Nicolas Palacioshas quoted2 years ago
    It’s thought that the Hittites were the first civilization to produce iron on a large scale, using it for tools and weaponry, thus initiating the Iron Age
    Nicolas Palacioshas quoted2 years ago
    Indus settlements were also marked by some of the most advanced plumbing and drainage systems in the world
    Nicolas Palacioshas quoted2 years ago
    It was around this time that the ancient Persian religion of Zoroastrianism became more established. Originally developing from Iran c. 600 BC, its concepts of resurrection, the final judgment, and heaven and hell would also influence the world religions of Islam, Judaism and Christianity
    Nicolas Palacioshas quoted2 years ago
    The Sāssānid Empire, established by Ardashīr I in AD 224, is considered to be one of the most important and influential periods in Iranian history, when ancient Persian culture (prior to the Muslim conquests) reached its peak.
    Nicolas Palacioshas quoted2 years ago
    Carthage was then re-founded as a Roman city, during which time it prospered, later becoming a centre of Christianity. In AD 533 it was incorporated into the Byzantine Empire, and was eventually destroyed by the Arabs in AD 705, and replaced by Tunis.
    Nicolas Palacioshas quoted2 years ago
    The Gupta dynasty is often called the ‘Golden Age of India’, as art, architecture and literature flourished during long periods of peace and prosperity. Wonderful palaces and temples were built and major literature written in Sanskrit, including the epic stories of the Mahrabharata and the Ramayana, crucial to the development of Hinduism, which are still retold and re-enacted across south-east Asia today.
    Nicolas Palacioshas quoted2 years ago
    While Barbarian invaders ravaged the Western Roman Empire (see here), the Eastern Roman Empire and its capital of Constantinople (now Istanbul) thrived. Its first emperor Constantine (reigned AD 324–37) had promoted religious tolerance and made Christianity the Eastern Empire’s official religion
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