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Life was capricious, a constant negotiation between a rock and a hard place (the modern version of Scylla and Charybdis, two sea monsters that Ulysses had to sail between). The Trojan War was the gods’ creation. Had not Paris been awarded Helen, would the Greeks have sailed from Mycenae? Had Ulysses not sailed to Troy, would he have wandered over seven years? The Greeks defined the human condition through the theatrical medium of tragedy. Many of the Greek tragedies and comedies were written to be recited at festivals honoring the gods.
1500 BCE, with the cities of Mohenjo-Daro and Harrappa. Ruins of both cities reveal highly structured societies. Both cities are laid out on orderly grids, not winding lanes. In addition, some of the houses had hot and cold water, showers, and indoor plumbing. Sewage was pumped into the river. Artifacts remain that reveal the technological depth of Harrapan civilization. In 1500 BCE the Arya (friends) or Aryans invaded India. This group co-opted the rigid social structures already in place, imposing the caste system.
Like Egypt and later India, China evolved into an empire, rather than a collection of city-states. The Hsia, 1994–1523 BCE were the first Chinese dynasty. They were followed by the Shang, 1600–1027 BCE. The Shang dynasty significantly influenced Chinese civilization until the mid-twentieth century. How was this accomplished? The Shang created the pictorial and ideographic writing system that China still employs today. Chinese writing has several different types of letters and symbols. The oldest form of Chinese writing was questions written on animal bones.