The Great Divide: Nature and Human Nature in the Old World by Peter Watson

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By Peter Watson

In The nice Divide, acclaimed writer and historian Peter Watson explores the advance of humankind among the outdated global and the hot, and gives a groundbreaking new knowing of human history.

By 15,000 BC, people had migrated from northeastern Asia around the frozen Bering land bridge to the Americas. while the final Ice Agecame to an finish, the Bering Strait refilled with water, dividing the United States from Eurasia. This department persisted till Christopher Columbus voyaged to the recent international within the 15th century.

The nice Divide compares the advance of humankind within the previous global and the hot among 15,000 BC and advert 1,500. Combining the main up to date wisdom in archaeology, anthropology, geology, meteorology, cosmology, and mythology, Peter Watson’s masterful research bargains uniquely revealing perception into what it ability to be human.

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The latter, in art monuments, is represented as a breastplate coveredwith dragon's scales,and surrounded with serpents, in the midst of which is the dreadful head of Medusa, which has the effect of turning every one that looks on it into stone. As goddessof peace, Athene is equally lavish in blessing. Everything necessaryeither to the physical or intellectual welfare of mankind was believed to proceed from her, and to be subject to her influence. Accordingly, useful inventions of all kinds are ascribed to her.

Among existing statues,the most celebratedis the so-calledDiana of Versailles, which came from the Villa of Hadrian, at Tibur (Fig. 14). It is now a chief ornamentof the Louvre collection, and is a worthy companionto the BelvedereApollo, although it doesnot quite equalthis in beauty. In this statuethe goddessdoesnot appear as a huntress, but rather as the protectress of wild animals. She is conceivedas havingjust cometo the rescueof a limited deer, and is in the act of turning with angry mien on the pursuers.

Another festival of less importance, called the Lesser Panathensea,was celebratedevery year at Athens in honour of the goddess. At Rome the chief festival of Minerva, the Quinquatrus Majores,washeld on the 19th of March, andwas,in later times, extendedto five days. It wasespeciallyobservedby all engaged in intellectual pursuits, and by artists and artisans. As Minerva wasalsopatronessof schools,the schoolboysalso took part in the celebration, and enjoyed,a welcome holiday. The virgin goddesswas at all times a favourite subject with ancient art.

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