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A group about World History so that I do not end up spamming my USA and Non USA News Group

Location: #culture
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How the British Divided Up the Arab World

Started by Hope. Last reply by Chris Oct 15, 2016. 7 Replies

How the British Divided Up the Arab WorldThe development of the modern nation states throughout the Arab world is a fascinating and heartbreaking process. 100 years ago, most Arabs were part of the…Continue

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History Snippets

Started by Anti_Doone. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Oct 12, 2016. 3 Replies

AN AMERICAN CREATION STORYby Akim ReinhardtThere is scientific evidence indicating that Asiatic peoples migrated…Continue

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Old Time Religion and Buildings

Started by Anti_Doone. Last reply by Onyango Makagutu Nov 30, 2012. 1 Reply

Tatev Monastery - Tatev, ArmeniaThe Tatev monastery once played a notable role in the advancement of medieval Armenian culture when it housed the University of Tatev in the 14th and 15th…Continue

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THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE AND THE RISE OF ISLAM

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Comment by Anti_Doone on October 10, 2016 at 10:22pm
  1. Four Roman coins dating to the 3rd and 4th centuries A.D. have been found in the ruins of a castle in Japan

Comment by Stephen on October 8, 2016 at 1:25pm

Roman coins found in Okinawa castle point to early links between Japan and the West

The artefacts may have come to the island, which was as an important trade route, from Muslim or Chinese merchants

Roman coins found in Okinawa castle point to early links between Japan and the West

The coins were found during an excavation at Katsuren Castle in Uruma, Okinawa. (Image: Uruma City Education Board)
Several ancient Roman and Ottoman coins have been found in the ruins of the 12th- to 15th-century Katsuren Castle in Okinawa, the first such discovery in Japan. The find suggests “a link between Okinawa and the Western world,” the local board of education said.

While most of Japan remained isolated from foreign influence until the 19th century, Okinawa—an island equidistant to China and Japan—served as an important trade route with the rest of Asia. But it is a mystery how the coins ended up at the castle, which was named a Unesco World Heritage site in 2000 as part of nine related properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu. “I thought that they were replicas that had been dropped there by tourists,” Hiroki Miyagi, an archaeologist who has studied the objects, told CNN. “There is a possibility that Chinese traders got the coins from Muslim traders,” Miyagi added in the New York Times.

X-ray analysis shows that some of the Roman the coins, dating from 300 to 400 AD, appear to be stamped with an image of Constantine the Great and a soldier holding a spear. Engravings on the Ottoman coin date it to 1687. The coins are on display in Okinawa at Uruma City Yonagusuku Historical Museum until 25 November.
Comment by Anti_Doone on October 6, 2016 at 11:14pm

The reconstructed capital of Punic Africa

A View Of Roman Carthage, Built on the Site of the Previously Destroyed Punic Capital -

Comment by Stephen on October 6, 2016 at 11:59am

But what gets  me is why they came to a dark cave to depict these animals time after time over hundreds of years. What were they thinking.

Comment by Anti_Doone on October 6, 2016 at 11:48am

It is pretty amazing that artists were so good at depicting real life so many years ago. 

Comment by Stephen on October 6, 2016 at 11:44am

If this picture doesn't give you awe I don't know what would.

39,000 Years Ago

Photograph by Stephen Alvarez. Sources: Altamira Museum, Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sport

Scientists scrape samples for dating from the polychrome ceiling in Spain’s Altamira Cave, festooned with animals painted 19,000 to 15,000 years ago. Abstract symbols on the ceiling can be traced back at least another 20,000 years.

Comment by Chris on September 6, 2016 at 1:45am

Unfortunate fires.

I read some things about the fire in London and how the fire plugs worked.

In NW Oregon (The Dalles), U.S.A. citizens used to have to purchase fire insurance from the fire department. Paying for the fire department provided a tag on the house such that the fire department would put the fire out. If one didn't have the tag on the house the fire department would arrive and let the non tagged house burn down as they waited to make sure the neighbors house that had the tag didn't burn down.

The Chicago Fire and other fires are a reason why we need general firefighters and safety measures in place for the common good.

Comment by Stephen on September 5, 2016 at 5:12pm

The Great Fire of London - 350 years ago but still a risk

  

The Great Fire of London raged through the city 350 years ago - destroying a quarter of all the buildings in London. Clearly if a fire like this started today, there's no chance it would be allowed to do so much damage. However, the experts have pointed out that the cause of The Great Fire of London is still the most common cause of fires in the home - and it doesn't have to be a 'great' fire in order to be a terrible one.

The Great Fire of London famously started at a bakery in Pudding Lane, when an oven malfunctioned. According to home insurer Policy Expert, ovens still cause half of all house fires. A third of the time the problem is misuse, but according to Co-op Insurance, electrical faults now account for 27% of all fire claims too.

Protect yourself

Quite aside from the risks to you and your family, fires can cause an awful lot of damage in a very short period of time. The Co-op says that the average fire claim is £14,000. It's therefore worth taking these ten steps to prevent fires at home.

1. Switch off and unplug electrical appliances when they're not in use (and certainly don't run things like washing machines or dryers when you're out or in bed). If an electrical fault happens when you are out of the room or out of the house, then the fire is much more dangerous.

2. Replace any faulty leads. According to Policy Expert, the latest report on fire statistics in England by the Home Office shows the second largest cause of accidental fires in the home was faulty appliances and leads.

3. Use official and original chargers and electrical cables. The Co-op warns that counterfeit ones are often made with poor quality components that fail to meet UK safety regulations.

4. When charging, the Co-op insists that it's vital not to charge a battery that looks like it has been damaged or dropped, and not to cover the item while charging, because it gives off heat.

5. Don't leave appliances charging unsupervised for long periods of time.

6. Don't overload extension cables with multiple appliances, it's advised to use one plug per socket.

7. Make sure you have a smoke alarm fitted in the home and regularly check it to make sure it works.

8. Don't forget to check the batteries. According to Policy Expert, 31% of all house fires in 2014/15 were cases where a smoke alarm was faulty.

9. Never leave a lit candle unattended. In any given year, there are around 1,000 fires in the UK caused by candles.

10. Make sure you've got the right cover. Nearly all standard home insurance policies cover you in the event of a fire damaging your home or possessions. However, certain conditions may invalidate this - like if you state there aren't any smokers in the home when there actually are, or if you state you have a working fire alarm but it is faulty. Always check with your provider to make sure you've got the right policy for your needs.

http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/the-great-fire-of-london-350-y...

Comment by Stephen on August 29, 2016 at 5:13pm

Images of Prophet Muhammad from Islamic Art and History before the clan of Ibn Saud took Muslims hostage

To many Muslims, any image of the prophet Muhammad is sacrilegious, but the ban has not always been absolute and there is a small but rich tradition of devotional Islamic art going back more than seven centuries that does depict God’s messenger. It began with exquisite miniatures from the 13th century, scholars say. Commissioned from Muslim artists by the rich and powerful of their day, they show almost every episode of Muhammad’s life as recounted in the Qur’an and other texts, from birth to death and ascension into heaven.

Intended as private aids to devotion and prayer, these detailed scenes were made for both Sunni and Shia worshippers, and surviving examples can be found in dozens of major museum and library collections.

They also laid the foundations for a popular, if minority, tradition of devotional and inspirational images that still exists today, from icons cherished in homes to a five-storey government-commissioned mural in the heart of Tehran and even to revolutionary street art in Cairo – although the prophet’s face is obscured in both those public drawings.

Read more and see illustrations=

http://tarekfatah.com/images-of-prophet-muhammad-from-islamic-art-a...

Comment by Stephen on August 26, 2016 at 6:40pm

The Josephus Testimonium: Let’s Just Admit It’s Fake Already

 

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