Problems 33: How Humans Became Citizens
- The past is never the dead past. It lives on in habits that make us human
- The ‘Neolithic Revolution’ happened bit by bit across 3000 years
- The famous Catalhoeyuek was a dead end, with oddities like not keeping cats to deal with the mice that plagued them
- The chariot and a class structure that included born warriors caused a vast expansion of speakers of Indo-European languages. Who probably began in what is now South Russia
- The historic Troy was a minor place. A hybrid of Greek and Hittite culture. Prince Paris was also known by the Greek name Alexander
- The original legend was probably ‘The Tragedy of Priam’ – Greek legends have him survive an earlier sack as a young man
- Even that was not history. Troy was a small place. Its main decline was due to an earthquake. Its people were weak ruin-dwellers when it was later sacked.
Issue 33 of Problems magazine. First quarter, 2018.
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