Archive for The Ancient World

The Reality of the Middle Ages

By: Jasmine
In Hollywood they make movies and games about how the times were back in the Middle Ages. In some movies the Middle Ages is described as a dark and evil time. They are told to have dragons in many movies, even though they did not even have such a thing back then. Also in movies they have Queens, Kings, Princess and Princes. In reality they did not have any of these instead they were called Lords. Lords had men called peasants to serve them. There was also nobles and monarchs. They all lived in a place called a manor. In movies they have castles but they also did have castles but it wasnt played out as it is in the movies as it really is. There were also dungeons in hollywood films and they did have dungeons but not for the same purpose as in the middle ages they took it to a different extreme. There were also knights, these were soliders in the manor. They had to go through different stages. In movies they were heros most of the time, in the Middle Ages they had to protect the Lords. Thats your fiction and reality of the Middle Ages.

Knight

Knight

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History vs. Hollywood (The Middle Ages)

By:Michelle H

Hollywood movies have exagerated about the middle ages. Movies, like Shrek, have turned the Middle Ages into a time of dragons, sorcerors, princesses, and knights. In Shrek, he has to kill a fire-breathing dragon to get to the highest tower to save the girl. There weren’t any dragons in the real Middle Ages, but there were knights. The knights were civilized warriors. They followed chivilary, or code. This means that the knights were required to be brave, loyal, and true to their word. They fought fair, and put women on a pedistool, so they would seem like gentlemen.

The warriors won fights for women, in order to impress them and win them over. To the knights, the women were like prizes, or princesses. Hollywood has exagerrated this concept of the woman being a prize. They portray these women as being real princesses when they were really only daughters of noblemen.

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Jasmine’s View on Religon in the Ancient World

     Ancient Egyptians religon was important to the people in thier country. They believed certian things that some people may not believe today. The ancient Egyptians believes in afterlife, much like life on the Earth. They inherited thier religous beliefs and practices from earlier ancestors. It came from inscriptions on momuments and walls, which made them believe they ruled this world and the afterlife. Egyptians also learned to keep records of ceremonies, taxes, and gifts just as we do. In ancient Egypt they made many paintings, scultures, prayers, proverbs, and poems, They also has a vast knowledge in fields of medicine, astronomy, and math.

     Mesopotamia important of thier religons was that thier society was polythestic. They also believed in the afterlife just as the ancient Egyptians did. They has a differnet view of it though they saw the underworld as a grim place. they also celebrated holidas just as we do today. They do some of their things in order to win the favors of the gods so they dont have to go to the underworld.

     The Chinese religious beliefs were that they prayed to many gods and nature spirits. They believed that the universe reflected of two sides, Yin and Yang. Yin was like the Earth, darkness, and females. Yang stood for heaven, light, and male forces. They depended on Yin and Yang for thier universe and to determine what was the good side and the bad side of the universe.

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Michelle’s view on religion in the Ancient World

The leading god of ancient Egypt was Amon-Re, the sun god. The Pharaoh was also a god as well as the king. He communicated with the gods, so if something went wrong it was his fault. The ceremonies for Amon-Re could only be preformed by the Pharaohs. Osiris controlled the Nile and it annual flooding. He also controlled weather or not they got into the underworld. The civilians did good tasks in order to get into the afterlife or underworld. They also built huge tombs for Pharaohs when they died, which advanced architecture. The ancient Egyptians did this so the Pharaohs could get into the afterlife safely.

The Sumerians of Mesopotamia also built monuments for the gods. They built huge temples for the gods that reached to the heavens. The ruler of Sumeria was seen as the chief servant to the gods, and preformed rituals to please them. If the ruler did not please them; he was thrown out. The Persians of Mesopotamia were united by religion. They united under the monotheistic religion that worshiped Zoroaster.

In the Shang dynasty of China, they believed in the god, Shang Di, and only the kings ancestors could hear the gods. Kings would pray to their ancestors to save the community. The king also had to make sacrifices to heaven, while trying to rule China. If there was a bad farming season, he would be blamed. Then came the Zhou people, they had the mandate of heaven, or divine right to rule. They made this so the people of China would think they were divine and forget about the Shangs.

Relic of pharaoh.(Gold shows they thought he was a god)

Relic of pharaoh.(Gold shows they thought he was a god)

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