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Mysteries of Primeval China, Part 1: Into the Labyrinth

They wove silk, carved jade, and raised great walls — all without meeting one another! Meet the inventors of Chinese civilization. In the 6600s BCE — a full three thousand years before construction began on Egypt’s Great Pyramid — the people of China’s Yellow Riverplain had already developed a taste for the finer things in […]

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The Real History Behind Game of Thrones, Part 2: The Dothraki

They rode wild and free across an entire continent — and made emperors tremble in their beds. Meet the REAL Dothraki. The howling riders thundered over the horizon. They appeared infinite in number — pouring across the plains, swinging swords and firing arrows, crushing well-trained armies beneath their horses’ hooves. To those who glimpsed them […]

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Great Empires of Central Asia, Part 5: The Eastern Renaissance

Their realm was the heart of civilization — until the apocalypse came. Meet the Persians: enlightened lords of Central Asia’s final golden age. If I ask you to picture “Arabian culture,” what images come to mind? Towering citadels, perhaps; adorned with domes and minarets. Flowing robes of many colors, and turbans and embroidered veils. Gardens […]

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When Roman “Barbarians” Met the Asian Enlightenment

Who ruled the East while Rome ruled Europe? Meet four of the greatest empires in the history of Asia. This week, the BBC announced the discovery of two “ethnically Chinese” skeletons at an ancient Roman burial site in England. Who were they? What drove them to the far end of the world? We don’t know, yet. […]

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