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4 09, 2017

Roman family – children and households in ancient Rome

By |2019-06-04T06:23:09-07:00September 4th, 2017|People, Romans|0 Comments

A Roman family on a tombstone Roman definitions of family The Roman idea of family included not just a husband and wife and their children, but also the people they enslaved (if they had any), and free employees. So it meant something more like a household, or a family-owned business. Roman economy Roman women [...]

16 08, 2017

What is a midwife? History of childbirth

By |2019-09-13T06:57:39-07:00August 16th, 2017|Science|13 Comments

A Roman carving of a midwife at a birth (Isola Della Sacra, Ostia, 1st century AD) Who delivered babies in the ancient world? A midwife is a woman who helps other women give birth to their babies. In ancient and medieval times, doctors didn't usually have anything to do with women having babies - that was the [...]

16 08, 2017

Life expectancy and history

By |2017-08-16T11:45:36-07:00August 16th, 2017|People|0 Comments

Tombstone from Rome, 400s AD Throughout the ancient and medieval worlds, people died much younger on average than they do in North America or Europe or China or Japan today. (Though they lived longer than the average in some countries in modern Africa). The average age at death today in the United States [...]

7 08, 2017

Mary Wollstonecraft – European philosophy

By |2019-04-27T19:54:01-07:00August 7th, 2017|Modern Europe, Philosophy|0 Comments

Mary Wollstonecraft - European philosophy Who was Mary Wollstonecraft? Mary Wollstonecraft was the most famous woman among the Enlightenment philosophers of the 1700s AD. Damaris Masham Mary Astell Enlightenment philosophy All our modern Europe articles What did Wollstonecraft say? Like Damaris Masham and Mary Astell in the 1600s, Wollstonecraft mainly argued that men should not prevent women from getting [...]

7 08, 2017

Jean-Jacques Rousseau – European philosophy

By |2018-04-08T11:14:29-07:00August 7th, 2017|Modern Europe, Philosophy|0 Comments

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, a European philosopher Rousseau was born in 1712 AD into a Protestant family living in Geneva, and his mother died of an infection she caught while he was being born. Like the earlier philosopher Astell, Jean-Jacques Rousseau's family was not rich, and like her Rousseau didn't get to go to school much. At 13 his uncle [...]

7 08, 2017

Emilie du Chatelet – European philosophy

By |2019-05-18T09:08:25-07:00August 7th, 2017|Modern Europe, Philosophy|0 Comments

Emilie du Chatelet, a French philosopher in the 1700s Did Emilie du Chatelet go to school? Emilie du Chatelet's rich father, who was interested in literature and science, hired tutors to homeschool her, instead of sending her to a convent school. She learned Latin, German, Greek, and Italian, as well as math and science. [...]

3 08, 2017

Late medieval Poland – History

By |2018-09-18T09:01:48-07:00August 3rd, 2017|History, Medieval|0 Comments

The treaty that Queen Jadwiga and Duke Jogaila signed in 1385 AD Little Queen Jadwiga Queen Jadwiga was only ten years old in 1384. But her mother Elizabeth sent her north from Hungary to become the Queen of Poland. Elizabeth stayed behind to rule Hungary. She was regent for Jadwiga's older sister. More about Elizabeth of Hungary [...]

12 07, 2017

Who is Artemis? Ancient Greek gods

By |2019-02-03T18:36:25-07:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|0 Comments

Artemis is the goddess of the moon. Greek goddess Artemis The Greek god Apollo had a twin sister named Artemis, who was also the daughter of Zeus and the nymph Leto. Artemis's brother Apollo Her father Zeus More Greek mythology All our Ancient Greece articles What was Artemis the goddess of? Artemis never [...]

17 06, 2017

The family in ancient Egypt

By |2018-12-11T12:19:42-07:00June 17th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, People|2 Comments

An Egyptian family: Nefertiti, Akhenaten, and their daughters A typical Egyptian family Most Egyptians lived in families with a mother and a father and children, just as many people do today. But an ancient Egyptian family often had five or more children. That was because so many children died before they grew up. [...]