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Roman kitchens – houses in ancient Rome

By | 2017-08-27T18:39:39+00:00 August 27th, 2017|Architecture, Romans|

Roman cooking braziers - Picture thanks to VROMA Poor Romans in the countryside most often lived with their whole family in one room of a small apartment building. So they didn't have a separate kitchen. Instead, they cooked over a small fire or on a charcoal brazier, either in the courtyard or in their room (if [...]

Nero and the Great Fire of Rome – Christianity

By | 2017-08-22T16:54:57+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Religion, Romans|

The Roman emperor Nero In the reign of the Roman Emperor Nero, during the night between the 18th and the 19th of July, 64 AD, there was a great fire in the city of Rome. It started in a very poor area downtown called the Subura (suh-BOO-rah), and at first none of the rich people cared very [...]

What is a brazier? Heating and Cooking

By | 2017-05-25T12:03:51+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Food, Science|

Brazier (Picture thanks to VROMA) A brazier (BRAYS-yer) is a kind of portable grill, usually made out of clay but sometimes out of bronze or iron, which held charcoal or wood fires. You used it to heat your apartment, or to cook on. The modern equivalent would be a little hibachi. Braziers were [...]

History of Fire

By | 2017-09-05T12:08:54+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Africa, History, Science|

San men around a campfire Probably people were all still in Africa when they first began to use fire for cooking, about 800,000 or a million years ago. People had always known about fire, because fires happened naturally when there were lightning strikes or sparks from two rocks hitting together. Probably the first [...]