When I was in school – and by school I mean K-12 – I was never all that interested in History. I thought it was kind of boring and memorizing all the dates just did not interest me. There were so many more interesting subjects that were more engaging. Looking back on it now I wonder if it’s just the chosen curriculum that was boring.
Now is a completely different story; I think history is fascinating! Thinking and learning about what humans did thousands of years ago is mind blowing! I know we are more ‘technologically’ advanced but I sometimes wonder if we have actually progressed. I think in some ways we have and in others we may have actually taken a few steps back. The jury’s still out…maybe I’ll have a post about that later (gotta keep you on your toes!)
Last night I watched a show on PBS; it seems to be a series they have – Secrets of the Dead. Last night’s episode was on the Chinese Terracotta Warriors. (If you want to watch it; you can find the whole episode here.) It was awesome! I have been fascinated with these statues since I first learned about them. The fact that they were made in 210 BC is just even more amazing to me. The level of detail and time that went into making these statues – only to be buried underground for centuries – it’s just stunning.
I did a quick Google/Wikipedia search and found out that the following events were all occurring around the same time as these Terracotta Warriors:
**Eratosthenes accurately calculated the diameter of the Earth.
**Lighthouse of Alexandria – 3rd century BC – was built. It is estimated to be somewhere in-between 393 and 450 feet tall; for many centuries it was among the tallest man-made structures on Earth.
**Teotihuacan – an archaeological site in the Basin of Mexico containing some of the largest pyramidal structures built in the pre-Columbian Americas. These pyramidal structures were built in the 3rd century BC
I have been contemplating building a headboard meanwhile thousands of years ago people that were probably about my age were building these massive, intricate structures. There just isn’t any comparison. I’m in awe.
Do you like history? Are there other ‘subjects’ that amaze you?