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  • Dark Age Greece 900 BCE

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    Following the collapse of Mycenaean civilization in c. 1100 the major settlements were abandoned and the Greek population dropped dramatically. People lived in small groups, farming in villages, or adopting a nomadic lifestyle as they followed pasture and livestock, and leaving no written record behind. Weaving, pottery-making and metal-working still... More
  • New Testament Sites

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    Little is recorded of the early life of Jesus. The New Testament tells the following narrative. Raised in Nazareth, he worked as a carpenter before his baptism, and recognition as the Son of God, at Aenon on the Jordan. His early ministry was at Capernaum beside the Sea of Galilee:... More
  • Old Testament Sites

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    Set in the ancient Middle (or Near) East, events in the Old Testament focussed around the ancient land of Canaan in Palestine. The Jordan River Valley served as a central artery through this mountainous land, from the Sea of Galilee in the north, to the Dead Sea in the south.... More
  • Printing in the British Isles

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    William Caxton, a wealthy London merchant, acquired the art of printing while based in Bruges. His first printed English work, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, was produced in 1476 in Westminster. His output was eclectic, including chivalric romances and classical translations, such as Aesop’s Fables. Britain was a slow burner in the... More
  • Printing Presses in Europe c 1450

    Printing Presses in Europe c. 1450

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    Johannes Gutenberg was a goldsmith in Mainz, who managed, after years of painstaking experiment, to perfect the manufacture of small metal movable type. Guttenberg produced 200 copies of his revolutionary 42-line Bible in 1453. The new technology took off, and by 1461 a rival in Bamberg, Albrecht Pfister, had produced... More
  • The Route of the Exodus

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    The story of Exodus contains some of the most vivid biblical set-pieces, from the ten plagues unleashed upon the Egyptians, through the inundation of Pharaoh’s army by the ‘Reed’ Sea to the delivery by Moses of the Ten Commandments on Mt Sinai. Taking precise biblical chronology literally, it would have... More
  • The World according to Strabo

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    Strabo was a native of Amasya in northwestern Asia Minor, but ventured widely in the Roman empire of the Augustan era, and his Geographia is laced with personal observation and reminiscence, laced with scorn for outlandish travellers’ tales. He borrows heavily from earlier Greek chroniclers including Artemidorus, Polybius and Poseidonius.... More
  • Treaty of Mesilim 2550 BCE

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    In the middle of the third millennium, the floodplains of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers were home to a cluster of city-states, which collectively comprised the Sumerian civilization. The Treaty of Mesilim, inscribed in cuneiform on a stele, or stone pillar, is the world’s oldest known legal agreement. It refers... More
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