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4 09, 2017

Visit Rome with kids! What to see, where to stay

By |2018-04-20T08:22:40-07:00September 4th, 2017|History, Romans|0 Comments

Checking out the Servian Wall in Rome You'll never run out of things to do with kids in Rome! The Roman Forum is a good place to start - plenty of room to climb and run. At the end of the Forum is the Colosseum, where gladiators killed lions, and if you have enough energy, afterwards [...]

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 [...]

3 09, 2017

Visit Italy with kids! Sights to see

By |2019-10-08T06:08:35-07:00September 3rd, 2017|History, Medieval, Romans|0 Comments

Visit Italy with Kids: Leaning Tower of Pisa Will people welcome my kids? They sure will! Visiting Italy with kids is a blast, because many Italians are very friendly to other people's children and everyone will always be talking to your kids, helping you out, making them laugh, and generally helping you have [...]

21 08, 2017

What is baptism? – History of Christianity

By |2019-02-10T06:06:07-07:00August 21st, 2017|History, Religion, Romans|1 Comment

Torchlight parade (this one is actually in India) Baptism before Christianity Even before the time of Jesus, many mystery religions of the ancient Mediterranean had some sort of ceremony that people had to do in order to join the cult. Some of these, like the Eleusinian mysteries, involved dipping yourself in water to wash away your past life, and [...]

10 08, 2017

Native American Daily Life

By |2018-04-24T10:38:17-07:00August 10th, 2017|Native American, People|0 Comments

An Apache woman holding a baby in a cradleboard Most kids in North America lived with their mothers and fathers and brothers and sisters. Most families lived in one room of a pueblo, or one tipi or hogan or wickiup. Because a lot of kids died of sicknesses, you usually had a lot of brothers and sisters. [...]

6 08, 2017

Simone de Beauvoir – European philosophy

By |2019-05-02T07:07:21-07:00August 6th, 2017|Modern Europe, Philosophy|0 Comments

Simone de Beauvoir was a philosopher Simone de Beauvoir's childhood Simone de Beauvoir's family lost most of their money after World War I. But by the early 1900s, even struggling families tried to send their daughters to school. De Beauvoir and her sister went to a good convent school. De Beauvoir thought of becoming a [...]

6 08, 2017

European writing – books, poetry, Bibles

By |2018-04-11T18:19:12-07:00August 6th, 2017|History, Modern Europe|0 Comments

Reproduction of a press from Gutenberg's time The invention of the European printing press with moveable type in northern Europe in the late 1400s AD was no accident: publishers had set out to find a way to create a lot of books cheaply, because there was a new market for the books. More and more European families [...]

4 08, 2017

Medieval people – Life in medieval Europe

By |2018-04-24T11:23:07-07:00August 4th, 2017|Medieval, People|0 Comments

Madonna and child (Donatello) The way people thought about each other in the Middle Ages, everyone was involved in complicated systems of relationships with each other. The first relationships people had were with their own families. In medieval European families, most kids lived with their father and mother and brothers and sisters. Because people died [...]

27 07, 2017

al Tabari – Medieval Islamic medicine

By |2019-01-21T08:34:19-07:00July 27th, 2017|Islam, Science|0 Comments

al Tabari's homeland in Tabiristan Where did al Tabari come from? Al Tabari was from a Christian family in the Abbasid Empire, near the Caspian Sea (modern Iran). His father, Sahl, was himself a doctor who proposed a new treatment for epilepsy. More about Islamic medicine What was the Abbasid Empire? All our Islamic Empire articles [...]

27 07, 2017

Al Razi – Medieval Islamic science

By |2019-01-21T10:49:36-07:00July 27th, 2017|Islam, Science|0 Comments

A manuscript copy of Al Razi's writing (from 1094 AD) Where was al Razi from? Al Razi was born in Iran, in the Samanid kingdom, in 865 AD. That was when Iran was part of the Abbasid Empire. The Samanids were traders. They had plenty of money. They liked to spend money on education and the arts. [...]