Tag Archives: Ancient Egypt


The Egyptian war chariot was a brilliantly constructed archer’s platform–light, manouevrable, sturdy. Egyptian official art regularly celebrated the prowess of Pharoah on his war chariot. Pharaoh triumphing over the vile Kush. (The Kush were apparently, by definition, vile.) Crushing his enemies under his wheels, setting his dogs on to them, having them flee his power; it […]

Of copper, tin and iron

The Silk Age of Eurasian trade  may have begun around 220 BC, with the unification of China under imperial rule and the shift to cavalry driving up demand for horses, but trade over long distances began millennia before that. Copper arrives While there is evidence of long-distance trade even among foraging societies–ochre, for example, travelled thousands […]

Imperialism, it is what rulerships do

I came across (via) this very silly statement: The very idea of empire was created in ancient Rome … That would be news to the Persians, the Chaldeans, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Hittites, the Egyptians, the House of Ur, the Gutians, the Akkadians, the … And that is just the Middle East. When revenue was […]