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Thursday, February 17, 2011

POST 10: Zoroaster, Persian Eminence.

ZOROASTER..the man, the myth, the legend.

He showed that there were two sides in the world..two opposing forces, good and evil.  He showed that the only god, Ahura Mazda, to worship was the good god.  He was the god of everything good, true, and pure, and who wouldn't want a good, happy life?  He beleived that people had free will and could act as they choose.  He advocated good deeds, truth telling, and avoiding evil.  His sacred text, the Avesta, served as a guideline.  It simply stated that in the end, if you lived a good life, you'll be rewarded.  I believe he was a great Persian leader, because he promoted a free willing lifestyle with the motive for happiness and reward.

POST 9: Jewish Sequence.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

POST 3: Fertile Timelines.



The first one would be good for our textbook in Western Civ.  It would be nice, becuase it is very simple, yet has the important dates.  On this site, it breaks up each Empire, and there's room for additonal events too.  There is even a picture of where each Empire settled at.

POST 8: Chaldeans Are #1.

Why were they so awesome, you ask?
1. They admired the Sumerian culture and tried to preserve it, which is vital in history.
2. They developed a strong interest and educated people in astronomy.  They were among the firsts to gain a strong interest for the world outside their own.
3. King Nebuchadnezzar II was both a warrior and builder.
4. He built multistoried ziggurats.
5. His grand palace held the famous Hanging Gardens (one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World).
6. They built temples to Sumerian gods and studied their language.
7. Through the astronomy, they were able to track economic, political, adn weather events.
8. The Chaldeans swooped in and picked up the pieces from the Assyrian Empire.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

POST 7: Hammurabi for Northern.

1. If a student sasses a teacher, his toes and fingers must be slapped twice with a ruler.
2. If a student is late to class, he is shot at with a rubber band multiple times.
3. If some one bad talks Western Civ, Mr. Campbell gets to lock them in a closet for a week with only a banana and a half a bottle of water.
4. If a student violates the dress code, he must come to school the next week wearing clothes that cover every part of the body except the eyes.
5. If a student brings a weapon to school, he is sentenced to life with Eric DeGood.
6. If a student beats up another student, he receives the same treatment from the harmed student.
7. If a student physically abuses a teacher, he is duct taped to a chair and the entire class spits spitballs at him.
8. If a student uses his phone in class, the teacher gets to light it on fire.
9. If a teacher shows up late to work without good excuse, he is fired.
10. If a student allows an outside visitor to come into the school, he is exiled to the DeGood household.
11. If the board of education members buy themselves another iPad, they are all fired and their iPads are crushed.
12. If a student uses Facebook in school, he is to be banned of the Internet and must wear all of Eric DeGood's hand-me-downs.

POST 6: Hammurabi's Code Should Still Live On.


Law # 149- If a woman doesn't wish to remain in her husband's house, then he shall compensate her for the dowry that she brought with her from her father's house, and she may go.
This Law should still apply today, because often in divorces, people do not get equal amounts of things in an established home.  If a man is the primary caregiver, perhaps the wife doesn't even work, then he is naturally more entitled to the possessions in court, but in relaity marriage is an equal promise, so things should be more equally split.

Law # 23- If a robber is not caught, then the person rovved should be compensated as best as possible by the community.
This Law should exist today, because it just shows general brotherhood and kindness of humanity, which is what society lacks today.  Just being good neighbors, to the best of one's ability should be a given.  This could form a bond in communities.

Law # 43- If a man doesn't till his field, and lets it fallow, he shall give grain like his neighbor's to the owner of the field, and the field which he let lie fallow, he must plow and sow and return to its owner.
This Law should be enacted today, becuase too many people do not keep their word, even in the work field.  If somebody hires some one to do a job, and he doesn't complete it, he should suffer the consuquences.  The man who failed to do his job deserves to repay the owner at all expenses, but the owner is really missing out in the long run.

Law # 51- If a man has no money to repay, then he shall pay in corn or sesame in place of the money as rent for what he received from the merchant, according to the royal tariff.
This Law should exist today, perhaps paying back in other, more modern objects than corn or sesame though.  If some one cannot not pay in money, he should pay things back that would equal in value while he comes up with a way to get cold, hard cash.  Too many people get off easily with late payments, debt, eviction, etc.

Law # 55- If anyone opens his ditches to water his crop, but is careless, and the water floods the field of his neighbor, then he shall pay his neighbor corn for his loss.
This law should be enacted today, becuase if some one damages or prevents some one from accomplishing or getting something because of stupidity, he should repay that person.  The person whose property, possessions, etc., was destroyed, should not suffer in the long run too.  Everybody has to make a living.

POST 5: Fertile Crescent was the way to go.

Dear Travel Agent Jen,
Although the Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan region looks quite tempting, the Fertile Crescent we chose to make settlement at was the best choice.  Let me tell you why it rocks; not only is is conveniently situated in between two of the most major rivers (Tigris and Euphrates), but it also is the reason our soils were so fertile.  Our farming become so awesome, that we were able to generate and afford new occupation because everybody did not need to become a farmer.  The development between farming and water evolved even greater (irrigation, sewage, etc.).  It helped to form the structure of our city.  The soil was rich in dirt and tiny rocks.  We also learned to control the waters with canals.  With our new occupations possible, larger projects were able to be taken on.  Rules and divison of labor in society played a huge role for us Sumerians.  Our settlements grew and we loved life!
A Summerian.


To Whichever Sumerian This May Concern:
An excellent place to have settled would be in present day Turkmenistan/Uzbekistan.  Not only is it in the Middle East, but in between the Amu Dar'ya River and the Zeravshan River, there would have been a lot of nice, fertile land.  As seen in my picture, there is plenty of water and land.  It is even near the Caspian Sea, making trading, inventions, jobs, migration, etc., very possible in this area.  The Black Sea, Persian Gulf, and Arabian Sea are also only a country away.  The opportunities are endless between these two rivers, and you would be surrounded by the river on all practically all sides, to help protect you from uncivilized groups of people.  Present day Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan's locations also have very tolerable climates!
Travel Agent Jen.

POST 2: 15 facts!

1. The SUMERIANS acrose in the Tigris-Euphrates valley.
2. The Sumerians invented the ARCH.
3. Brick, man-made Sumerian temples were called ZIGGURATS.
4. Ur, Erech, & Kish were Sumerian CITY-STATES, heavily populated.
5. Sumerians practiced POLYTHEISM, or the belief in many gods.
6. The AKKADIANS were Mesopotamian people who conquered the Sumerians!
7. The first people to smelt iron were the HITTITES.
8. The origional king of the Amorites, who migrated into Mesopotamia, was HAMMURABI.
9. CYPRUS THE GREAT was the Persian King who captured Babylon and took over the Fertile Crescent.
10. SARGON was the most powerful Akkadian King.
11. Present day Israel, Lebanon, & Syria were once called PHOENICIA.
12. Phoenicians invented the art of GLASS-BLOWING!
13. The Phoenicians developed the ALPHABET.
14. The LYDIANS were the first people to use coined money.
15. Phoenician sculptors often used IVORY!

Friday, February 4, 2011

POST 1: Me llamo Jen.

I'm interested in ending world hunger.  I'm also interested in Philly sports, South America, silver jewelry, scary movies, lacrosse, kittens, field hockey, becoming a lawyer, Chinese food, my Beta Fish named Jaws, trying to speak Spanish, eating vamps, putting on fake tats, and meeting the President.

Enforcing world peace.  I also enjoy playing varsity lacrosse/field hockey, frequent trips to Wawa, going to the gym, watching sports, Student Council with Commander K, National Honor Society/Art Honor Society, jumping on my trampoline, picking strawberries, skiing, petting my cat Boo-Boo, and snow mobiling.

I really like history, writing, and sports, so I want to become a Sports Attorney.  I also want to study abroad in Central/South America.  I travel a lot and have been to over half the U.S. and two other countries..but I'm a really picky eater though, so I'll probably starve in South America.  I'm hoping it'll broaden my horizon.

I don't have a regular History class for senior year, and I heard it was a cool class.  I really like learning about how the world today became this way and if people were better off without all of these new distractions. 

We live in a society that revolves around new, high technology.  I want to learn about the "technology" that existed years ago and how it was utilized.  I want to know how their day to day lives differed from ours today, such as what they did for fun, since they didn't have things like the Wii or television shows like Jerry Springer.

1. An A+.
2. A better understanding of the Egyptians and mumification.
3. Why Rome fell and why they say "all roads lead to Rome."