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Xiongnu - Rise of Steppe Empires

XiongNu - Rise of Steppe Empires This episode is about the Steppe people, the nomadic tribes scattered along the Eurasian steppe. These people fascinate and excite history lovers of all kinds. The imagery they provoke is still alive and powerful, even though there is a big distance between our era and theirs. You probably all know about the Mongols, the massive conquest of much of Asia under their famous leader Genghis Khan in the 12th century is the stuff of legend or nightmares depending who you ask, but maybe you don’t know much about the Xiongnu. (Xiongnu map by Gabagool)  Introducion Often neglected, the Xiongnu were an important historical player. They’re basically proto-Mongols or the beta version of what evolved into superior nomadic lifestyle of Mongols and others like them. Xiongnu empire ruled much of Mongolia, Siberia and northern China from 3rd century BC to 1st century AD. Mongols just perfected the art which was already there. Xiongnu and other first steppe e
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Persian Ceramic Pot

The Persian Ceramic Pot ( 波斯陶壶 ) Eastern Han Dynasty (25 - 220 AD) Ceramic with Turquoise Glaze/ 34.4 centimeter high Excavated in 2008 from the Liaowei Tomb no. 13B, Hepu County, Guangxi Autonomous Region Hepu District Museum, Hepu, China This beautiful pot has been discovered in one of the many Han-period tombs of the Hepu burial site in the Guangxi Autonomous region. So far, only one of these pots has been found. The pot has an elongated round body and a single handle. It has a smooth surface that is covered by a cracked turquoise-colored glaze. Analysis of this glaze has revealed a chemical composition that is very different from formulas commonly used during the Han Dynasty. Furthermore, the pot’s shape and production method resemble ceramic traditions from the Parthian empire and indicate a Persian root (Xiong 2015). A pot, discovered at the Seleucia site in modern Iraq, in particular, looks very similar. Other ceramics that bear a resemblance have b