Monthly Archives: August 2018

“How the Iron Age Began” Robert Maddin

Quinn Hogan (379)   Robert Maddin, James Muhly, and Tamra Wheeler try to pin point the closest possible time period at which the “Iron Age” came into History. A few important things the authors put forward for clarity is how the iron age did not begin because people discovered iron. As the authors say, “Iron […]

Comment on August 27th: Agriculture and Power in Ancient Mesoamerica by Aaron George

Quinn, I liked how you summed up Freidel’s talking points about Mesoamerican agriculture, especially his point about rulers being an investment by the people. The people fund their rulers through taxes and labor and in return receive public benefits such as irrigation systems, roads, and military protection. I found that this surprisingly resembles the ideas of Enlightenment-era thinkers such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau with his social contract theory. I also liked how you pointed out the religious aspect of Freidel’s argument. Especially in Mesoamerica, gods were often tied to agriculture and the success or failure of crops, which the people relied on for survival.

Comment on August 27th: Agriculture and Power in Ancient Mesoamerica by blogrh

I think you hit on some very strong points when discussing how the agriculture links to society. Many other societies based their entire belief systems around this one sole basis. Food is literally the life force of the being and whomsoever controls the food controls the people. This is kind of like how a dog domesticates to a human because they are a sustainable source of food. The basic human need has and will be manipulated by superiors to maintain control throughout history. See this link for another example of this practice in history https://www.ancient.eu/article/113/food– Nick Burnette

Comment on August 27th: Agriculture and Power in Ancient Mesoamerica by Nicholas Burnette

I think you hit on some very strong points when discussing how the agriculture links to society. Many other societies based their entire belief systems around this one sole basis. Food is literally the life force of the being and whomsoever controls the food controls the people. This is kind of like how a dog domesticates to a human because they are a sustainable source of food. The basic human need has and will be manipulated by superiors to maintain control throughout history. See this link for another example of this practice in history https://www.ancient.eu/article/113/food–agriculture-in-ancient-greece/