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Who was Minerva? The Roman goddess Minerva

By |2018-06-01T16:17:54+00:00September 4th, 2017|Religion, Romans|

The goddess Minerva: A Roman temple from the forum in Ostia, near Rome. It was probably dedicated to Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva. Is the goddess Minerva the same as Athena? Minerva was Jupiter's daughter for the Romans, the way Athena was Zeus's daughter for the Greeks. (More about the goddess Athena) But the goddess Minerva was not exactly [...]

Ancient Egypt art project: drawing self-portraits

By |2018-04-19T12:13:57+00:00June 13th, 2017|Africa, Art, Crafts, Egypt|

Ancient Egypt art project: What would you look like in Egyptian art? Egyptian sculptors wanted to show what people were really like inside, not just what they looked like on the outside. Ancient Egypt art project What if you drew two portraits of yourself - what you really look like on the outside, [...]

How to build a pyramid – Ancient Egypt

By |2018-04-19T12:10:03+00:00June 13th, 2017|Africa, Architecture, Crafts, Egypt|

Pyramid project: building a sand pyramid A pyramid project Ancient Egyptian pharaohs, like Mayan lords, built pyramids because they're a pretty easy shape to build. Pyramids are especially easy to build if they are mostly solid piles of dirt or stone. That's what the early pyramids were like: mostly solid. Build a pyramid [...]

What is straw? History of straw

By |2018-04-19T11:54:41+00:00June 12th, 2017|Crafts, Economy|

Straw Straw is the dried stalks of tall grasses like wheat, millet or barley. After people harvested the seeds of these grasses for food, they used the straw for everything from shoes to mattresses to baskets. People have been making straw into baskets, hats and other things since at least 10,000 BC. People [...]

A day in Mesopotamia – food, costumes, activities

By |2018-04-07T17:04:22+00:00June 11th, 2017|Crafts, West Asia|

Molded bricks form an archer at ancient Susa, in Iran If you're a teacher, parent, or day camp counselor thinking of spending a week or so on ancient West Asia (Mesopotamia and Persia), here's some ideas other people have found useful: Clothes: For boys, as in the picture, a long colorful tunic down [...]

Assyrian reliefs – West Asian project

By |2017-06-11T23:53:00+00:00June 11th, 2017|Art, Crafts, West Asia|

Siege of Nineveh When the Assyrian kings of what is now Iraq and Syria (ancient Mesopotamia) built their great palaces in the 700s and 600s BC, artists carved long stories into the walls, like stone comic books. These stories showed the wars that the kings fought - marching out to war, besieging cities, [...]

Mesopotamian plate project – West Asia

By |2017-06-11T23:42:53+00:00June 11th, 2017|Art, Crafts, West Asia|

Mesopotamian plate, made by kids at Laurelhurst School, Portland Oregon West Asia was probably the first place on earth where people began to use clayto make pottery dishes and bowls and cups, about 5000 BC in the late Stone Age. By about 3500 BC, people began to make geometric designs on their dishes, [...]

Make a cuneiform tablet – Mesopotamia project

By |2018-04-07T17:04:22+00:00June 11th, 2017|Crafts, West Asia|

Cuneiform tablet, made by kids at Laurelhurst School, Portland Oregon About 3500 BC, people in West Asia began to use writing. Because nobody had invented paper yet, these people wrote on clay tablets, scratching the words in with a reed pen. You can use clay and a stick (or a reed) to make [...]

Making molded bricks – Mesopotamia project

By |2018-04-19T08:21:44+00:00June 11th, 2017|Art, Crafts, West Asia|

Molded bricks project: A bull from the Ishtar Gate, Babylon (600s BC) Why molded bricks? Architects in ancient Mesopotamia (West Asia) didn't have much good stone to carve, but they had plenty of clayon the riverbanks of the Tigris and the Euphrates. So instead of using stone, architects in ancient Mesopotamia often built [...]