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9 09, 2017

Maya writing – Ancient Central America

By |2018-04-11T09:22:20-07:00September 9th, 2017|Central America, Literature|0 Comments

A page from the Madrid Codex It's possible that the Maya learned how to write from the Olmec, but there aren't any definite examples of early Olmec writing, so it might also have been the Maya who invented writing in the Americas. Like most other writing systems, Maya writing is a syllabary, not an [...]

9 09, 2017

Corn and Maize Mountain – A Mayan story

By |2017-09-09T23:42:29-07:00September 9th, 2017|Central America, Literature|0 Comments

A bolt of lightning in the sky Maya people liked to tell a story about how people first got corn (maize) to eat. There were a lot of different versions of this story. But they mostly had the same basic idea. They said that at one time all the corn was hidden inside a mountain, and [...]

9 09, 2017

Aztec language, writing, and literature

By |2019-02-07T06:49:29-07:00September 9th, 2017|Central America, Literature|0 Comments

An Aztec book, or codex (ca 1500 AD) Aztec writing and the Maya The Aztec system of writing was very much like the Maya system. Probably the Aztec people learned how to write from the Maya. Mayan writing Who were the Aztec? All our Central American articles What were Aztec books like? Aztec writers wrote their [...]

4 09, 2017

Pliny the Younger and his Letters – Roman history

By |2017-09-04T08:27:09-07:00September 4th, 2017|History, Literature, Romans|0 Comments

Forum of Pompeii Pliny the Younger was the nephew of Pliny the Elder. He was a teenager visiting his uncle near Pompeii when his uncle died in the eruption. Pliny the Younger, however, did not die. He left us the only eye-witness account of what the eruption was like. But Pliny also went on to become a [...]

4 09, 2017

Virgil – the Aeneid – Roman poetry

By |2019-01-24T05:51:34-07:00September 4th, 2017|Literature, Romans|0 Comments

The death of Dido, Queen of Carthage, from an illustrated copy of Virgil's Aeneid, about 400 AD Who was Virgil? Virgil was a poet who lived during the civil wars in Rome and then in the time of the Roman Emperor Augustus, just before the birth of Jesus Christ. The Late Republic More Latin literature All our [...]

4 09, 2017

Terence – Plays – Roman literature

By |2018-04-21T13:19:59-07:00September 4th, 2017|Africa, Literature, Romans|0 Comments

A page from a manuscript of Terence, written about 825 AD (now in the Vatican) Terence was born about 185 BC, soon after the end of the Second Punic War. His whole name was Publius Terentius Afer. Because he has "Afer" (which means Africa) as part of his name, people think he may have come [...]

4 09, 2017

Tacitus – Roman historian – ancient Rome

By |2017-09-04T08:11:49-07:00September 4th, 2017|History, Literature, Romans|0 Comments

The tombstone of Tacitus Tacitus' work is as well known for his skill in writing history as it is for the value of the facts he presents. His beautiful and efficient phrasing, his ability to bring characters to life with only a few words, his willingness to present the information fairly and in [...]

4 09, 2017

Sulpicia – Roman poetry – ancient Rome

By |2019-08-04T09:49:33-07:00September 4th, 2017|Literature, Romans|0 Comments

Not really Sulpicia: A woman from Roman Egypt, holding a notebook and a pen Who was Sulpicia? Sulpicia is one of very few Roman women whose poetry managed to last through the ages so we can read it. She lived in Rome in the time of the Roman emperor Augustus, around the same time as Ovid, maybe [...]

4 09, 2017

Suetonius – Roman historian – Lives of the Caesars

By |2017-09-04T08:00:03-07:00September 4th, 2017|History, Literature, Romans|0 Comments

A manuscript of Suetonius' Lives of the Caesars, copied out in Austria in the 1470s Suetonius lived just a little later than Seneca, during the reign of the Flavian emperors and then into the reigns of Trajan and Hadrian. He lived at the same time as the younger Pliny, and was a friend of his. Suetonius was [...]

4 09, 2017

Seneca – Roman philosophy – ancient Rome

By |2017-09-04T01:17:29-07:00September 4th, 2017|Literature, Romans|0 Comments

Seneca, the Roman philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca was one of the great writers of the Julio-Claudianperiod in Rome. He was born in the Roman province of Spain about 3 BC. But his aunt took him to Rome during the reign of the emperor Claudius, so Seneca could get a good education. Seneca's father was a well-known [...]