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Meng Ch'iu, K'uang Heng bores a hole in the wall Sun Ching shuts his door

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"Meng Ch'iu" translates as "Beginner's Guide." This text by Li Han, who lived during the early Tang Dynasty (618-907), presented the stories of famous figures in China's history and legendary tales. It joined a prominent genre of literature for children as one of the many instructional texts that took both history and biography as its focus. Not only would Meng Ch'iu serve as an educational... Read More »

Image of Palenque Ruins in Chiapas, Mexico

Mesoamerican Photo Archives

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The excellent images provided here can serve as a stimulus to further research for students interested in Mesoamerican history and in broader comparative history.
Painting shows mounted warriors armed with bow and arrows in combat

Mounted Mongol Warriors

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In this watercolor illustration from the Compendium of Chronicles, the enormous hemispheric history by the learned official Rashid al-Din finished around 1310, mounted Mongol warriors shoot bows and arrows while riding, a military tactic perfected by steppe warriors. The soldiers they are chasing are also Mongol dress, so this may represent a conflict between different Mongol groups.... Read More »

Gold outline of the National Museum of China on black background, text below reads National Museum of China in simplifeid Chinese and English.

National Museum of China

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In summation, the NMC site has a number of areas that will prove interesting to educators and most casual visitors, but overall, its main function is to provide information about the museum itself.
Stellar diagram features a drawing of a ship surrounded by Chinese characters

Navigational Charts Based on Those Used by Zheng He

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These two woodblock prints are part of a map printed in a seventeenth-century military treatise, and thought to be based on the maps used by Zheng He in his voyages. The map is therefore usually known as “Zheng He Map.” It depicts the coastline from China to the central eastern coast of Africa arranged as a long strip. The first of these prints shows Africa at the bottom and Ceylon at the... Read More »

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On Diverse Arts (De diversis artibus)

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Theophilus’ De diversis artibus is the only complete treatise on art to survive from the High Middle Ages. Written under the pseudonym Theophilus, who seems to have been a Benedictine monk of the early twelfth century, it describes techniques of painting, stained glass, and metalwork, introducing each with a prologue deep in religious significance. Treasured for its rarity, the book... Read More »

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On What Was Done In His Administration (De administratione), 1144–1148

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In the later 1140s, Abbot Suger of the Royal Abbey of Saint Denis, outside Paris, wrote an account of his extensive project to rebuild and redecorate his abbey church. Suger’s church, and particularly the upper choir, which he describes here, was innovative for its Gothic style vaulting, and his text is one of the most extensive accounts of such a building program to survive from the period.... Read More »

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Online Museum Educational Resources in Asian Art

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The OMuERAA connects with more than one hundred museums, making a rich array of educational materials available to students and instructors 
Persepolis - Apadana of Darius (ca. 520 B.C.) - Detail of the middle register of the left side of the eastern stairway, showing foreigners bringing tribute.

Oriental Institute Museum Photographic Archives

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These photographs are invaluable sources for teachers who wish to illustrate lessons about the ancient civilizations of the Middle East or discussions about archeological research.
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Ottoman History Podcast

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The podcast could serve as a useful tool for scholars of the Ottoman Empire to stay up-to-date on scholarship, for professors in other areas to broaden their knowledge of the Ottoman Empire and establish relevant connections, and for students to engage in analysis of “texts” beyond the written word.

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