past legacies

I study the past to inform my fantasy and sf writings. I find the 'lost race' theme absolutely fascinating. There's plenty of lost empires if you look about.
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A COURT MUSICIAN PLAYING THE KEMANCHE SCHOOL OF ABU'L QASIM, IRAN, FIRST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

a court musician playing the Kemanche School of Abu'l Qasim, Iran, first quarter century

A reverse glass painting Persia, 19th century portrait of a maiden holding a small glass beaker, with a landscape in the background, mounted and framed 62.6 x 43.1 cm.

A reverse glass painting Persia, century portrait of a maiden holding a small glass beaker, with a landscape in the background, mounted and framed x cm.

Gentile Bellini. Sultan Mehmet II. 1480. Oil on canvas. 70x52cm. National Gallery, London, UK

Sultan Mehmet II by Venetian artist Gentile Bellini, oil on canvas, cm in).

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Coronation Of Ogodei, 1229 Rashid al-Din — Rashid al-Din, early century. Reproduction in "Ghengis Khan et l'Empire Mongol", Jean-Paul Roux.

YuanEmperorAlbumKhubilaiPortrait.jpg (1339×1600) In Xanadu did Kubla Khn a mighty pleasure dome... Xanadu - city of of looted empires

Kublai Khan, Genghis Khan's grandson and founder of the Yuan Dynasty. Posthumous painting in Chinese portrait style by Nepalese artist/astronomer Anige. Kublai's white robes reflect his desired and symbolic role as a religious Mongol shaman.

AlexanderNevskyCathedral-Sofia-6.jpg (3127×1986)  Alexander Yaroslavich Nevsky  13 May 1221 – 14 November 1263 ...rose to legendary status on account of his military victories over German and Swedish invaders while agreeing to pay tribute to the powerful Golden Horde. He lived under the shadow of the Mongol Empire and was a transition hero who connects Kievan Rus' to the rise of Muscovy, under the

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria. It serves as the cathedral church of the Patriarch of Bulgaria and is one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world. The foundation stone was laid on 3 March

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The Mongol military tactics and organization enabled Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire to conquer nearly all of continental Asia, the Middle East and parts of eastern Europe.

Ghulam Ali Khan 003b - Red Fort - Wikipedia

View of the Red Fort from the river (by Ghulam Ali Khan, between c.

Extract from: The life and works of Sultan Alauddin Khalji if the history of India and Central Asia is your thing, the 'learn more' is a Goodreads book link.

Extract from: The life and works of Sultan Alauddin Khalji if the history of India and Central Asia is your thing, the 'learn more' is a Goodreads book link.

The Dark Ages were part of the long decline of the former Roman Empire, against the might of the Arab-Persian Caliphates. The border region stretched from Tarsus in Cilicia, north-east to Trebizond.  This, Arab-Byzantine frontier zone was continually raided and counter-raided and saw many battles. It had many fortresses which (marked on the map). from Battle of Andrassos

Arab-Byzantine border in Anatolia (author: CPlakidas at Wikipedia)

Yangzhou_massacre.jpg (301×439)  The massacres at Yangzhou in 1645 accompanied the change from Qing dynasty to Ming dynasty. The slaughter was around 800,000 and lasted 10 days.

Yangzhou_massacre.jpg (301×439) The massacres at Yangzhou in 1645 accompanied the change from Qing dynasty to Ming dynasty. The slaughter was around 800,000 and lasted 10 days.

Turabek_Khanum,_from_the_south.JPG (2592×1944) The Mongol conquest involved some of the bloodiest massacres in history. The sacking of Old Urgench is held to have involved the slaughter of 1.2 million civilians, in 1221.

Turabek_Khanum,_from_the_south.JPG (2592×1944) The Mongol conquest involved some of the bloodiest massacres in history. The sacking of Old Urgench is held to have involved the slaughter of 1.2 million civilians, in 1221.

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