Ancient Civilizations

Irrigation is required to build a civilization or city. Water is needed to raise an agriculture, animals, and of course, humans. Hydraulic Engineering is necessary for agriculture. The ability to control water symbolizes wealth and power like in Las Vegas. Mayan reaches it’s peak at 250–900 C.E. it collapsed not because of their people, but they said their holy gods lost their authority. Tikal entirely lacked a natural supply of water: no springs, rivers, or lakes in it’s immediate vicinity. To supply water, they created reservoir. In Palenque, Mexico, they build aqueducts, dams, and drains in the bridge to control water. In Edzna, Mexico, they built systems to capture rain waters. Tree rings and ice are used by the scientists to prove that Yucatan suffered from severe dryness. Angkor Wat in Cambodia(Khmer) id the largest religious building ever constructed. Cambodia(Khmer) is also known as the Hydraulic City. They created a man-made reservoir that surrounded Angkor Wat. A philosopher said, “We also have the knowledge of the ancient world to guide us in the present to the future. Understanding the past enables us to see the present more clearly.”

Africa is bigger than U.S.A, China, and India combined. African history is preserved orally, not by writing. Mansa Musa came to Mecca with 100 camels loading gold. Along the way, Mansa Musa gave the gold freely and spending lots of his riches. He spent so much gold that cost runaway inflation that took years to solve. Mansa Musa is a Muslim and relatively devout. He already know the places he was going to before he got there. Salt was exchanged for gold at their time. Ghana is the first empire in West Africa. It reigned in the 11th century. Mali took the place of Ghana in the leadership of Mansa Musa. Swahili is not an empire or a kingdom. It is a Collection of city states. Swahili is a Bantu-based language. To be a city state, they must have a common culture, language, trade, and religion.

History says Persians and bad and Greeks are good. Herodotus, a Greek, is the father of History. King Cyrus conquered most of Mesopotamia. Zoroastrianism introduced us to the “Good and Bad”, “God vs. Satan” and also, it forbids slavery. It says that Aristophanes is still famous. He is the father of comedy. His works are still recognized this days. The bad thing is, most of the students say,”Why do we gonna read this boring crap?” In the Greeks, Raphael created “The School of Athens”, a painting for Pope Julius II. The citizenship of the Greeks are limited for males. It has many government, from democratic to dictatorial government. Athens is the central city of Greece. The Parthenon is a temple that turned into a church, then a mosque, then back to it’s original form. Pericles is the statesman in the Golden Age. He is responsible for beginning the acropolis project. The acropolis is the high-city in Athens. For me, this is a historical bias. Herodotus is a Greek, of course he’ll tell all the good things of his countrymen, not even bothering anything that he wrote about the Persians.

People compared Jesus to Augustus. They thought that they were just the same. Same from us today. Some people think that they are just the same with God. it was also said that God was killed by the Romans, but how come that the Romans are also the one whose responsible for the spreading for Christianity? Paul is a Roman, but he believe in everything God said. Constantine converted to Christianity. Therefore I conclude the even of you are a really bad person, like the Romans, God can change you like Paul, even Constantine converted to Christianity because he believed in the teachings of God.

The Holy Roman Empire in the ruling of Charles V, to keep their inheritance to their family, they married their relatives(cousin to cousin). That caused genetic illness or deficiency to their family. Also applies to our life. If you are greedy and you want something all by yourself, that results to something bad in the future.

before, Vikings are known for raiding islands. It is said that, “When raiding gives way to trading, good things often happen.” It applies to us also because we also must think about other, not only ourselves. Whatever we do, it must be beneficial for others and also for us too.

Therefore I conclude that everything that happens in our past reflects to our future and it gives us learning that can be applied on our daily life.