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St. Paul – Early Christianity – Religion

By |2017-08-23T00:07:25+00:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, Romans|

Oldest known portrait of Paul (catacomb of Thecla, Rome, 300s AD) Saul was a Jewish man who converted to Christianity near the very beginning of the new religion. After he converted, he took the Christian name Paul. In the 30s and 40s AD, soon after Jesus was crucified, Paul travelled all over preaching Christianity. He went to Greece and [...]

Acts of the Apostles – Christianity after Jesus

By |2017-08-21T00:02:16+00:00August 21st, 2017|Religion, Romans|

Judas was sorry and tried to give the money back (mosaic from Ravenna, 500s AD) After Jesus was crucified (put on the cross), we still don't have any information except from the Bible for a while. The Bible says that after three days in his tomb, Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to some [...]

Pelias and Medea – After the Golden Fleece

By |2017-07-16T00:57:48+00:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Medea makes the old ram young again (Athens, 400s BC) When Jason and Medea got home with the Golden Fleece, the bad king Pelias still didn't want to hand over power to his nephew. So Medea thought up a great magic plan to get rid of Pelias. She told Pelias' daughters she could make [...]

Arion and the dolphins – Greek mythology

By |2018-04-23T10:10:38+00:00July 14th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Arion and the dolphins: a lyre player and his slave (Greece, about 680 BC, now in the Getty Museum) Arion was a great singer Herodotus tells us that in the time of Periander the tyrant of Corinth (which would be about 625 BC), there was a great singer whose name was Arion. Arion sailed from Corinth to Sicily to sing in [...]

Thermopylae – Xerxes and the Second Persian War

By |2018-04-23T08:07:20+00:00July 9th, 2017|Greeks, History, West Asia|

Map of Greece showing where Thermopylae is The Greeks heard that Xerxes and the Persians were coming. They disagreed about what to do. The Spartans and Corinthians wanted to abandon northern Greece and only defend southern Greece (where they were). But the Athenians insisted that they should try to defend northern Greece at the [...]

Roman Greece – St. Paul and the Christians

By |2018-08-24T14:19:59+00:00July 9th, 2017|Greeks, History, Romans|

Roman Greece: Map of the Roman Empire in 146 BC The Roman Empire expands By 275 BC, the Romans in Italy were beginning to expand out of Italy and conquer other parts of the Mediterranean. They started with Sicily, an island near Italy. (Today Sicily is in Italy, but it wasn't then!) Why [...]

Peloponnesian War – Athens and Sparta

By |2018-04-23T08:03:17+00:00July 9th, 2017|Greeks, History|

Parthenon, Athens The Athenian historian Thucydides, who lived through the Peloponnesian War and wrote the history of it, began by asking, why did the war start? He answered that basically the war started because Athens was too greedy, and tried to take over all of Greece. They had taken everybody's money, and used [...]

Corinth, Greece in the Classical period – a rich city-state in ancient Greece

By |2018-01-10T10:37:56+00:00July 6th, 2017|Government, Greeks, History|

Corinth, Greece: Corinthian aryballos (perfume jar) in the shape of an owl (now in the Louvre, Paris) Corinth, Greece: A Greek city-state sells perfume and pottery In the 800s and 700s BC, Corinth was very wealthy from trade and from selling their perfume in little fancy pottery jars. Corinthian traders also  sold the [...]

Ancient Corinth – Mycenaean and Archaic

By |2017-07-06T22:57:53+00:00July 6th, 2017|Government, Greeks, History|

Corinth, with the high city - Akrocorinth - in the background Corinth was a town right where southern Greece and northern Greece come together. It was certainly a Mycenaean city, because Mycenaean pottery has been found in excavations at Corinth. In Greek mythology, Corinth (CORE-inth) was where Jason and Medea lived. During the [...]