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History of Chinese Literature
Collection by Joshua J. Mark

History of Chinese Literature

Ancient Chinese literature developed following the evolution of script which evolved from divination practices of the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BCE). The pictographs made on oracle bones by diviners became the script known as Jiaguwen (c...
The Arthurian Legend
Collection by Joshua J. Mark

The Arthurian Legend

The Arthurian Legend developed in Europe between c. 830, when the Welsh historian Nennius first mentions King Arthur through c. 1469 when Sir Thomas Malory composes Le Morte D’Arthur, the best-known version of the tales, which was published...
Religions of the World
Collection by Joshua J. Mark

Religions of the World

Religion has always been an integral aspect of the human condition. Archaeological evidence strongly suggests religious practices dating back to c. 60,000 BCE and it seems probable that belief in an unseen spiritual world developed independently...
Chinese Philosophy
Collection by Joshua J. Mark

Chinese Philosophy

Ancient Chinese Philosophy developed during the Spring and Autumn Period (c. 772-476 BCE) and the Warring States Period (c. 481-221 BCE) in ancient China. This was the era known as the Hundred Schools of Thought, referring to many different...
Medieval European Literature
Collection by Joshua J. Mark

Medieval European Literature

Medieval literature developed in Europe from medieval folklore between c. 476 and c. 1500. The works ranged from poetry to drama, romance, prose, philosophical dialogues, and histories. Literary works were at first composed in Latin but...
Ancient Chinese Philosophers
Collection by Joshua J. Mark

Ancient Chinese Philosophers

The philosophers of ancient China developed diverse systems of thought, often in conflict with each other, all aiming to provide people with the means to live in harmony with themselves and others. Each philosopher understood his own teachings...
Famous Temples of the World
Collection by Joshua J. Mark

Famous Temples of the World

Temples have been raised in honor of a peoples’ deities since before recorded history as evidenced by sites now regarded as religious centers including Gobekli Tepe, Stonehenge, Newgrange, among many others. Temples met the needs of the people...
History of Buddhism
Collection by Joshua J. Mark

History of Buddhism

Buddhism began in the region of modern-day India, founded by Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha, l. c. 563-c. 483 BCE), and developed between c. 400-383 BCE before it spread to other regions through the efforts of the Mauryan king Ashoka the...
Gallery of the Chateaux of the Loire Valley
Image Gallery by Babeth Étiève-Cartwright

Gallery of the Chateaux of the Loire Valley

This gallery gives an overview of 25 stunning châteaux in the Loire Valley of France, some very well known and others that deserve to be discovered. Some of these châteaux date back as far as the 11th century and served as strongholds and...
21 Famous Women of World History
Collection by Joshua J. Mark

21 Famous Women of World History

This collection presents biographies of 21 famous women from world history but those included represent only a small fraction of the many women, from ancient times to the present, who have made a lasting impression on the people of their...
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