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CYRUS THE GREAT - Conquests of Media and Lydia

52 minutes ago 18 minute read 0 comments YouveBeenGreeked

Cyrus was born into royalty in c.590 BC. When his father Cambyses I died, Cyrus, now Cyrus II, took over as ruler of the Achaemenid dynasty in 559 BC, expanding his territory further than ever before. Not just a conqueror, Cyrus showed great mercy an...

Doing something useful on a lazy day. #500wordsaday

1 hour ago 2 minute read 0 comments niallon11

Ref: Pixabay   For a long time today, it didn’t feel like I was going to achieve very much. In the end it turned into a slightly productive day. It’s not over yet and being a Thursday, I will be playing football in a couple of hours hence the earl...

THE PERSIAN EMPIRE - History's First Superpower

5 Aug 2020 6 minute read 3 comments YouveBeenGreeked

The mid to late 6th century BC saw the rise of the first world superpower in the Middle East. From humble beginnings deep in Iran, a lineage of Persian kings, known as the Achaemenids, emerged to dominate the region, creating an empire that stretched...

Everyday (Original Poem)

5 Aug 2020 1 minute read 6 comments Sasha Raven

Playing likely I'm young, but I'm so old,all these troubles made me bold.I'm used to live like singles,that spine sometimes just tingles.I have no time for that divorce,so I say a lot: "Just try not to force!"I cannot please all her wishes,I have a j...

The Story of the Orb | Episode 5 | Southern Vésper — ‘An ancient aria’

5 Aug 2020 4 minute read 1 comment M. Jesus Victor

Vésper, whenever he could, would go to the home of Mentesúfis in the village and prowl around his library, devouring book after book, like a bee collecting pollen for its precious honey. Gui, the son of the old man, had begun courting Sara, daughter...

In the company of the Moors

3 Aug 2020 1 minute read 0 comments AnOrdinaryTechLife

Today I aimed to scale a moor I call in clouds to hide my paths I made my way into the greyThe silence wraps me as I walk I raise my breath, A biting galeIt nips the fleshAnd stalls the step I grit my teeth, lean in and pushEach step lifts me to my g...

Fading dreams

2 Aug 2020 1 minute read 1 comment uthus2000

There is a place I sometimes go in my dreams. It's an island or a peninsula with a high mountain range running the length of it. It has kind of a Lovecraftian feel to it. In the middle of the range there is a stone fortress built on the cliff's edge...

KLEISTHENES - THE BIRTH OF DEMOCRACY

1 Aug 2020 18 minute read 0 comments YouveBeenGreeked

[ABOVE: A modern relief of Kleisthenes, now at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus] The world’s first and, arguably, most stable form of democratic rule was first developed in Athens at the end of the 6th century BC. Democracy called on all adult citizen...

Heading out (5 minute freewrite)

1 Aug 2020 1 minute read 0 comments uthus2000

The grizzled old sergeant rode off in the sunset. His snot-nosed lieutenant had accused him of atrocities in the field. But everyone else knew better. The lieutenant was trying to make a name for himself with the brass. He had just picked the wrong N...

Tennessee fireflies (5 minute freewrite)

31 Jul 2020 1 minute read 2 comments uthus2000

My mother used to live around Knoxville. She told me of an annual event which I have never seen. Synchronous fireflies. Apparently at a particular altitude in the Great Smokey Mountains between the end of May and first of June fireflies synchronize t...