The ancient Greeks believed an island empire ruled the sea in the distant past. The lords of Atlantis built a mighty civilization, but their pride eventually angered the gods, who destroyed their island with earthquakes and fire, sending it beneath the sea. Atlantis in Comic Books, Fantasy … and History? The Atlantis myth has fascinated
We’ve posted a new excerpt from The Jericho River! It’s an exciting scene where Jason and his companions stumble into Minoan Crete — that odd, ancient land hovering between the Middle East and Greece/Europe. And it’s one of many great examples of the book’s use as a supplemental text for social studies classes — at
I wanted to offer something fun for teachers and students — and for anyone who loves history as much as I do. That’s why I created The Jericho River History Quiz. It’s an interactive educational experience. Test your knowledge, learn revealing truths, and enjoy the colorful graphics, giving you a window into the past. If
Revolutionary France had a black general. His name was Thomas-Alexandre Dumas. He was born in Haiti, the son of a French nobleman and an African woman enslaved on his plantation. Haiti was a French colony then, and young Dumas was a slave under French law. In fact, his father actually sold the boy when he was
Says Yoda things like: “Powerful have you become; the dark side I sense in you.” Sounds it like speaks he English from the olden days — Shakespeare’s English, maybe. Yet uses not Yoda “thou hast” or “erstwhile” or “thee” — or any other term found no longer in English. Old English does not speak Yoda,
A little while ago, I spoke at a TEDx conference — to an audience of smart, motivated high school students. My topic was the magic of history. I told the students many of my favorite short stories from past times. I wanted to reveal history’s endless well of fun, excitement, and humor, and to explain
During the early 400’s BC, an alliance of plucky little Greek city-states beat back an invading superpower. Athens, Sparta, and their allies defeated the Persian Empire twice, in fact. Westerners often see the Persians’ defeat as a victory for freedom. The Movie “300,” for instance, casts the Greeks as freedom-fighters who saved Europe from an Asiatic
Some scientists think prehistoric people created the dog by adopting wolf pups and breeding the friendliest of them. But a more recent theory says humans were basically bystanders in dog domestication. WARNING: Do Not Pet the Wolf The Trouble with Adopting a Wolf Stone Age people domesticated the dog 10,000 years ago or more —
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