JSTOR: How People Paid Their Taxes in Biblical Times

This post originally appeared on JSTOR Daily Blog as "How People Paid Their Taxes in Biblical Times" (it's an awesome blog if you are into random intellectual stuff!). JMF   Think doing your taxes is annoying? Imagine trying it without a computer, a calculator… or even the Arabic numeral system. That was the situation in [...]

#25. Lamassu from the citadel of Sargon II

So literally the lamassu are some of my favorites to teach in the Ancient World - I just think they are incredibly adorable and they are so much fun to teach! I've seen two sets of lamassu, in the Pergamon Museum and the Metropolitan Museum, so you might see different backgrounds in the images. Art Historical [...]

Student Series! Sacred Prostitution

Introduction to the Near East The Near East describes the land stretching from Northern Africa to the Middle East. Mesopotamia, is a specific a region within the Near East, encompassed the fertile land between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. The map below depicts the geography of the ancient Near East.. Mesopotamian religion followed a pantheon [...]

Student Series! The Hanging Gardens

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World Seven. The number assigned to categorize the wonders of multiple worlds, probably for its millennial-old and cross-cultural, magical and powerful association. As for the ancient world, its list of wonders originates within the writings of fifth century BC, Greek historian, Herodotus. The list is as follows: The Great [...]