Archive | September, 2013
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The Hittites: A Civilization That Changed the World (2004) narrated by Jeremy Irons

21 Sep

“This is the glorious story of the Hittites – the most powerful people in the Near East of their time. Narrated by Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons, “The Hittites” brings the fascinating history of this mighty empire to life with expert interviews, stunning cinematography, dramatic reenactments, and visual effects. Highlights include a breathtaking recreation of the controversial battle of Kadesh that decimated the armies of Egypt’s Pharaoh Ramesses II. Based on the actual words of the Hittites, deciphered from ancient clay tablets excavated in the 20th century, their story unfolds as beautifully as it written almost 3500 years earlier. “

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History Channel Mankind The Story of All of Us Episode 1/12 Inventors

21 Sep

“Mankind embraces a groundbreaking way of telling this epic human story. Drawing on a growing global interest in a revelatory field of history, now adopted by universities across the globe. ‘Big history’ focuses on the forces of nature to show how mankind’s path is guided by events that stretch back, not hundreds, but thousands, even millions of years. How the power of science, from geology and astronomy, to physics and biology, combined to shape our shared human journey. Revealing astounding global connections, and an astonishing interconnected story. This is history without limits. Free from boundaries and politics. Our story, like it’s never been told before. Written by History Channel “

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History of Ice Cream

21 Sep

China, Rome, Persia…who invented ice cream?is a frozen dessert usually made from dairy products, such as milk and cream and often combined with fruits or other ingredients and flavours. Most varieties contain sugar, although some are made with other sweeteners. In some cases, artificial flavourings and colourings are used in addition to, or instead of, the natural ingredients. The mixture of chosen ingredients is stirred slowly while cooling, in order to incorporate air and to prevent large ice crystals from forming. The result is a smoothly textured semi-solid foam that is malleable and can be scooped.”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_cream.

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Guns Germs and Steel | Documentary

21 Sep

Why do some civilizations advance while others remain stagnant?
Diamond argues that Eurasian civilization is not so much a product of ingenuity, but of opportunity and necessity. That is, civilization is not created out of superior intelligence, but is the result of a chain of developments, each made possible by certain preconditions.

The earliest human societies lived as hunter-gatherers. The first step towards civilization is the move from hunter-gatherer to agriculture, with the domestication and farming of wild crops and animals. Agricultural production leads to food surpluses, which supports sedentary societies, specialization of craft, rapid population growth, and specialization of labor. Large societies tend to develop ruling classes and supporting bureaucracies, which may lead in turn to the organization of nation states and empires”

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The Haunted History of Halloween

19 Sep

“What is our society celebrating when we carve pumpkins into Jack-o-Lanterns & encourage our youth to go out in costumes and ask for candy from strangers? This documentary shows the ghoulish past & transformation of one of the oldest holidays we celebrate. Hosted by Harry Smith, this is an engaging look at the 3,000 year history of one of our most popular celebrations. This short and informative documentary will put you in the mood for Halloween.”

 

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CNN: 20 Deadliest Mass Shootings in U.S. History Fast Facts

19 Sep

CNN: 20 Deadliest Mass Shootings in U.S. History Fast Facts

Fresh off the Mass shooting at the Naval Yard on September the 16th, CNN has compiled a list of the 20 deadliest mass shootings in USA history.

 

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THE JEWISH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY: The Library

19 Sep

THE JEWISH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY: The Library

 

“Welcome to The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary, which serves JTS students as well as scholars and researchers around the world. Home to more than 425,000 volumes, The Library has the largest and most extensive collection of Hebraic and Judaic material in the Western Hemisphere.”

 

JUDAEA, First Jewish War. 66-70 CE. AR Shekel ...

JUDAEA, First Jewish War. 66-70 CE. AR Shekel (22mm, 13.19 g, 12h). Dated year 3 (68/9 CE). “Shekel of Israel,” Omer cup with pearled rim; date above / “Jerusalem the Holy,” sprig of three pomegranates. Meshorer 202; Hendin 662. EF, attractive dark gray toning. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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