The Maya were one Mesoamerican culture that had strong ties to Teotihuacan. Maya’s architectural and mathematical contributions were significant. Flourishing from roughly 2000 BCE to 900 CE in what is now Mexico, Belize, Honduras, and Guatemala, the Maya perfected the calendar and written language the Olmec had begun. They devised a written mathematical system to record crop […]
The Jurassic ranges from 200 million years to 145 million years ago and features three major epochs: The Early Jurassic, the Middle Jurassic, and the Late Jurassic.
Mesoamerica is the geographic area stretching from north of Panama up to the desert of central Mexico. Although marked by great topographic, linguistic, and cultural diversity, this region cradled several civilizations with similar characteristics. Mesoamericans were polytheistic; their gods possessed both male and female traits and demanded blood sacrifices of enemies taken in battle or ritual […]
The mother of Mesoamerican cultures was the Olmec civilization. The Olmec civilization flourished during the Mesoamerican (pre-classical) formative period, extending approximately from 1500 BCE to 400 BCE. The Olmecs constituted the first Mesoamerican civilization and established the foundations of later cultures. The Olmec produced several major works of art, architecture, pottery, and sculpture. Most recognizable are their giant head […]
In ancient Rome, an auriga was a slave with gladiator status, whose duty it was to drive a biga, the light vehicle powered by two horses, to transport some important Romans, mainly duces (military commanders). While in Greece these were mostly free men, sometimes even owners of horses, in Rome they were usually slaves, who however could […]