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31 08, 2017

Running spirals and meanders – Ancient art history

By |2018-11-20T09:44:50-07:00August 31st, 2017|Art|2 Comments

The beginning of meanders? An Egyptian pot with spirals (Naqada II, ca. 4000 BC) What is a meander? A meander is a kind of pattern that artists used to decorate the borders or edges of pictures. They're called meanders because "meander" means to wander. So these are lines that wander around before they [...]

31 08, 2017

Roman art – Republic – ancient Rome

By |2018-04-15T16:34:28-07:00August 31st, 2017|Art, Romans|0 Comments

Capitoline wolf: Bronze wolf from early Rome. When the Romans first got rich enough to make good art, about 500 BC, they learned how from the people they traded with: the Etruscans, and the Greeks. But the Etruscans and the Greeks liked to make their statues beautiful. Roman art was more interested in keeping it real. The Romans [...]

31 08, 2017

Ara Pacis – Altar of Peace – Roman art

By |2019-01-29T19:38:41-07:00August 31st, 2017|Art, Romans|0 Comments

The Ara Pacis - the Altar of Peace. Originally it was outside, but today a roof protects it. Who built the Ara Pacis? When the Roman emperor Augustus took over Rome after the civil wars at the end of the Roman Republic, about 30 BC, he built a Altar of Peace (Ara Pacis in Latin), to show that [...]

16 08, 2017

Averages and demographics

By |2017-08-16T00:11:21-07:00August 16th, 2017|Math, People|0 Comments

Ara Pacis Augustae - the Altar of Peace, in Rome You can see why ancient life expectancies were low for yourself: figure out the average age at death of the following group of people: Grandma Julia: 85 (from a stroke) Grandpa Lucius: 45 (from diabetes) Mom: 56 (from cancer) Dad: 45 (from a heart attack) [...]