Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #37: History

“To me history ought to be a source of pleasure. It isn’t just part of our civic responsibility.

To me it’s an enlargement of the experience of being alive, just the way literature or art or music is.”

~David McCullough

I chose a few historical sites and  museum collections for Patti’s weekly photo challenge — history

Xi’an Museum: “Taking you on a journey from prehistoric times through to the Ming and Qing dynasties, you’ll travel through 7,000 years of history via its collection of 10,000 relics.”   ~ BBC

Neolithic period ( 9,000 B.C. to about 3,000 B.C) water jar, Xi’an Museum, China:

Ancient Chinse water jar, 5000-3000 BC

Bronze collections of Mid Bronze age, National Archaeological Museum, Athens:

“The only new thing in the world is the history you don’t know,”

~David McCullough

Terracotta Army, 210–209 BC in Xian, China.

It held held more than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses, and 150 cavalry horses, The Exhibition Hall of the Bronze Chariots contains the world’s largest and most intricate ancient bronze artifacts.

Acropolis of Athens, 529–520 BC:

“How can we know who we are and where we are going if we don’t know anything about where we have come from and

what we have been through, the courage shown, the costs paid, to be where we are?”

~David McCullough

The Pergamon Museum, Berlin houses magnificent collections of Babylon. Below is a building inscription of King Nebuchadnezzar II (634 BC – 562 BC).

The Pergamon Musum in Berlin also has a great collection of the Tell Halaf ruins  located in northeastern Syria, near the Turkish border:

The oldest inscriptions that are recognized unequivocally as Chinese date from about 1200 BC and were found in Anyang, the capital of the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BC) in 1895. Some 400,000 fragments with inscriptions in the Oracle Bone Script have been found. Read more….

Photo of the Oracle Bone Script is from Wikipedia:


“Reading history is good for all of us. If you know history, you know that there is no such thing as a self-made man or self-made woman. We are shaped by people we have never met.

Yes, reading history will make you a better citizen and more appreciative of the law, and of freedom, and of how the economy works or doesn’t work, but it is also an immense pleasure the way art is, or music is, or poetry is. And it’s never stale.”

~David McCullough Historian

During our trip to China, I was amazed by the Fortifications of Xi’an, China:

The fortifications of Xi’an is one of the oldest and best preserved city walls, 39-52 ft. (12-16 meters) in thickness at the base and 39 ft. (12 meters) in height, and 16 miles long. It has 18 gates.

The first city wall was constructed in 194 BC, but the wall that we see today was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644).

Photo below is from Wikipedia:

The above photo is from Wikipedia

Note: David Gaub McCullough is an American author, narrator, popular historian, and lecturer. He is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civilian award. (John Adams,1776, Truman, and The Path Between the Seas written by David McCullough are my favorite history books.)

This week, Patti invites us to capture history, “History can be personal or public. It can last for a moment, a decade, or a century.”

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