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Roman gladiators – ancient Roman games – Ancient Rome

By |2018-04-25T16:17:37+00:00September 1st, 2017|Games, Romans|

Roman gladiators mosaic, from the Borghese estate near Rome (200s AD) Romans liked watching other people die. They thought that was fun, like maybe you think going to horror movies or watching Cops on TV is fun. They also believed that their gods liked gladiatorial fights, so that going to the fights was a sort [...]

What is a vomitorium? Roman architecture

By |2018-04-24T23:27:05+00:00August 31st, 2017|Architecture, Romans|

Vomitorium in the Colosseum in Rome(The roof has fallen in.) You might think a vomitorium must have something to do with barfing, and those stories about Romans eating too much and then making themselves barf so they could eat more. But a vomitorium is really much more boring than that. A vomitorium is called that [...]

Roman Colosseum – ancient Rome – Roman architecture

By |2018-04-24T23:27:30+00:00August 26th, 2017|Architecture, Romans|

Roman Colosseum - the Flavian Amphitheater - in Rome, Italy. Built about 70 AD Vespasian built the Roman Colosseum so people would like him When Vespasian became the new Roman Emperor in 69 AD, he wanted everyone to know that he cared about the people and was going to take care of them and not [...]

Roman amphitheaters – ancient Rome

By |2018-04-24T23:27:05+00:00August 25th, 2017|Architecture, Romans|

The Colosseum - the Flavian Amphitheater - in Rome, Italy. Built in the 70s AD by the emperor Vespasian Most people have heard of the Colosseum in Rome, but there were many other amphitheaters all over the Roman Empire. The first gladiatorial fights, in Etruscan times, were held anywhere that there was a flat place near a hill, so [...]

Donatists – Christianity – history of religion

By |2017-08-21T21:55:20+00:00August 21st, 2017|Religion, Romans|

The Roman emperor Constantine - the first Christian emperor Almost as soon as Constantine had won the battle of the Milvian Bridge and been converted to Christianity, in the winter of 313 AD, he began to get letters from Africa about the Donatists. This was a fight between Christians which had started during the Great Persecution of Diocletian. The [...]

Building the Colosseum – Ancient Rome project

By |2017-06-11T15:14:32+00:00June 11th, 2017|Architecture, Crafts, Romans|

Or you can get this lovely set of wooden blocks to build a Colosseum with A lot of people seem to want to build models of the Roman Colosseum for their projects. The most successful of these, judging from the mail I get, seem to be built out of sugar cubes held together [...]

African Buildings in Antiquity

By |2018-04-09T10:31:06+00:00May 18th, 2017|Africa, Architecture, History|

African buildings: Hathor temple at Naqa (modern Sudan), ca. 10 AD African buildings in stone In the first centuries AD, African architects kept building more stone buildings, as trade continued to increase, and Africa kept on getting richer. In East Africa, the queens of Kush (in modern Sudan) built stone temples and palaces. The [...]