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20 Moments in Antiquity

Wow, you’re OLD! This from my 5-year-old grandson when he asked me if I ever watched black & white TV. (the answer was yes)   (and I was 57 at the time)  (so…um…yeah…)

I don’t feel old. And age is what you feel, right? When you’re done reading this post, leave a comment about how old you feel.

Age is also a period of time. And today we’re talking about ancient history… the Age of Antiquity.

Antiquity is “any period before the Middle Ages (476–1453), but still within the period of Western civilization-based human history or prehistory. The term is most often used of Classical antiquity, the classical civilizations of the Mediterranean, especially Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome.”    Courtesy of wikipedia

Do the words ancient history make you want to raise your hand for a restroom pass? Not me! I find it fascinating. There were a lot of things going on at the time.

  • the creation of Writing in Phoenecia
  • the dawn of democracy in Rome
  • the blossoming of education princeples in Greece

The very mention of B.C. gets my love of history revved up. Did you know:


  1. the Great Pyramid of Giza was built in 2500 B.C.
  2. According to folklore, the first Korean kingdon was founded in 2333 B.C.
  3. Hammurabi created the Babylonian Empire around 1700 B.C.
  4. The first dynasty in China began around 1700 B.C.
  5. the Trojan War was fought in 1200 B.C.
  6. the first Olympic Games were held in 776 B.C
  7. Rome was founded in 753 B.C.
  8. Japan was unified into one nation in 660 B.C.
  9. Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha) was born in 563
  10. Greek city-states defeat a Persia (and start a passion for running) at the Battle of Marathon 490 B.C.
  11. Socrates is condemned to death for the corruption of youth and drinks a fatal cup of hemlock 399 B.C
  12. Aristotle founds the Lyceum in 339 B.C.
  13. the Great Wall of China was started in 221 B.C.
  14. Hannibal (and his elephants) is stopped from conquering Rome in 202 B.C.
  15. Chang-Kien finds western civilization and the Silk Road opens 127 B.C.
  16. Julius Ceasar is murdered in 44 B.C.
  17. Around 30 B.C. Jesus Christ is born.
  18. Emperor Diocletian split the Roman Empire into East and West in 285 A.D.
  19. The edict of Milan legaiized Christianity in 313 A.D.
  20. the Roman Empire fell when Romulus Agustus is froced to abdicate in 476 A.D.

And so the Middle Ages began.

Did I miss your favorite moment in Antiquity? Add it in the comments.

For extra credit: find the spelling errors.



About ejgresearch

As soon as I retired I hit the road. I am now a nomad traveling the USA in a minivan. This blog is my travelogue / journal about those travels.


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