Monthly Archives: October 2022

Early 1st millennium BC #1

Egypt was ruled in the 3rd intermediate period by the 21st through 26th dynasties until it was conquered by Persia. Mesopotamian peoples were also conquered by Persia. I don’t yet have much detail of Persia, since I am still working back to this. In Anatolia, the Phrygian, Lydian, Carian, and Lycian peoples followed the collapse of the Hittite empire Persian peoples conquered Egyptian and Mesopotamian peoples in this period, although I am still working Iran, or Persia. In what are now India and Pakistan, Vedic peoples were continuing to develop, and where encountered by the Persian empire. Chinese peoples were also developing, although I do not yet have China specifically back to to this period.

In Western Civilization, the pre-Classic Greek peoples followed the Mycenaean empire, and among Latin peoples, Etruscan and Roman peoples were present. Because they were important in earlier periods, Northern East African, Interior East African, and Central East African peoples are being considered, and I am starting to look at Interior West African peoples. In South Africa, the San and Khoikhoi peoples seem to have predominated. I do not yet have details of Central African peoples, or of Middle American or South American Indian peoples, but I am considering them.

Late 2nd Millennium BC #1

Egypt was ruled by the New Kingdom of the 18th through 20th dynasties, which was followed by the 3rd intermediate period. Mesopotamian peoples were still important in this period, although I don’t yet have the details. In Anatolia, the Hittite empire prevailed. I don’t yet have details for Levantine, Persian, Arabian, or North African peoples. This was the period of most of the early Old Testament. Vedic culture was forming in what are now India and Pakistan. I still don’t have details for Chinese, Southeast Asian, or Central Asian peoples.

Mycenaean peoples were present on the Greek mainland, supplanting the Minoan civilization of Crete. Other European peoples are not yet detailed. African peoples are represented by Interior East African peoples, Northern East African peoples, and Central East African peoples. I also do not yet have details of Western African peoples. Because of their importance in earlier times, I have mention of the San and Khokhoi peoples of South Africa. I do not yet have details of Middle American Indian peoples or South American Indian peoples

Slogging along

I’m overdue for the next installment of my historical review. I’m already working on the next one. I got through the outline of psychology I mentioned last week, and I’ve been connecting history to the human body. There is also the fact that as I go forward through history, the number of nations and other topics to keep track increases, so a writeup becomes somewhat more daunting the further I go. I’m reasonably pleased with my plans for development, which have a nice aesthetic appeal, although practicality may be another matter. Between dealing with a balky printer (it worked last week, why did it go offline when I last wanted a print job?) and various personal maintenance chores, it’s been slower going than I like.

Early 2nd Millennium BC #1

For this period, there are written sources dating back to the late 2nd millennium BC, primarily in the Middle East, which give a somewhat hazy and imperfect view of the early 2nd millennium BC. During the early 1st millennium BC, the Hebrew bible was being composed, which has information about earlier times. The Greek epics were being composed as well. During the early classical period, Greek and Roman sources and scholarship give a little information of the early 2nd millennium BC. This continued into the late classical period. In early medieval times, Christian scholars preserved a few records of earlier times. In the 16th and 17th century,students relied heavily on traditional accounts, but in the 18th century, there were the beginnings of archaeological investigations. In the 19th century, there were numerous discoveries of ancient ruins and sources, which brought long-lost contemporary accounts of the early 2nd millennium BC to light. In the 20th century, historical scholarship continued to develop. From the mid 20th century onward, I am considering South Asia. Although Western and Middle Eastern scholarship were better developed, I don’t yet have enough material from present day nations corresponding to the peoples of early interest. In the 21st century, I have connections to Egypt.

In Egypt, the Middle Kingdom of the 11th through 14th dynasties was succeeded by the 2nd intermediate period of the 15th through 17th dynasties and the New Kingdom of the 18th dynasty. Although Mesopotamian peoples were important, I still need to work details of Iraq from later periods. In Anatolia, Hattian, Hurrian, and Hittite peoples were present. I do not yet have details of Levantine, Arabian, or Persian peoples. It is thought that Indo-European speaking peoples appeared in India and Pakistan, as Harappan civilization declined. I do not yet have details of Oriental, Southeast Asian or Central Asian peoples. It is thought from linguistic evidence that Indo-European speakers from what are now Southern Russia and Central Asia began to migrate into Europe, the Middle East, and South Asia, but I don’t yet have the details.

The Minoan civilization was present in this period, but I do not yet have details of the rest of Europe. I am also still working on Eastern Africa, Western African, Southern Central African, and Central African peoples in later periods, and on Middle American and South American peoples.

I am still working on social mechanics, although agrarian developments and societies were predominant. Pagan religion was also the most important. Asian religion was beginning to become more distinct from pagan religion generally. I have also supposed that Abrahamic religion dates back to this period. I am proceeding with studies of Government, economics, education, and family, but these aren’t yet fully integrated with the peoples of the world.

Changeup

I’ve been going to continue my review of history with the early 2nd millennuim BC, but after several of those in a row, I’m doing a little changeup. So, for books I’ve read in the past couple of weeks, there have been “Let Me Tell Your Again”, the latest installment in the April series by Mackey Chandler. “Battles in the Black”, by J.M. Anjewierden, the latest entry in the Black Chronicles, “This Potion is da Bomb” by Honor Raconteur, the latest entry in the Henri Davenforth Chronicles, “Preternaturally Familiar”, the latest entry by Alma T.C. Boykin, the latest in her “Familiar” series, “A Lady’s Heart of Gold” by Sally Britton, the last in her “Hearts of Arizona” series, “Cinder-Nanny” by Sariah Wilson, “The Wordsmith of Emerson Pass” by Tess Thompon, the seventh of eight planned in her Emerson Pass Historical romances, “On Stormy Seas” by Eric Thomson, the eighth in his Siobhan Dunmoore series, and “A Truth to Lie For” by Ann Perry, the fourth in her Elena Standish series. Yes, I read fast, and yes, I like series..only one Cinder-Nanny isn’t in one.

I listened to nearly all of the latest LDS General Conference, and found myself, as usual, both encouraged and reinforced, and somewhat depressed by my various failures and inadequacies. There are a couple of talks I need to go over and review more thoroughly.

I have a couple of family members that I am not on good terms with, and my recent attempts at reconciliation have gone badly. In one, I seem to have done more harm than good in my last attempt, and for another, my overtures have been rebuffed. It hurts to be rejected by basically good people I would like to like. It’s depressing, and it’s a continual but familiar struggle not to be overcome with bitterness. So I’ll stifle the rant and go on about my business…this, too,, shall pass.