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6 09, 2017

What is lead? A heavy kind of metal

By |2018-04-11T18:24:13-07:00September 6th, 2017|Religion, Romans, Science|0 Comments

A Roman anchor from Palermo, Italy Lead is a kind of metal that is very heavy. (See if you can get some lead, like a fishing weight, to see how heavy it is). People have been mining lead and using it for weights in West Asia since about 4000 BC, about the same time people started to use copper, and before [...]

1 09, 2017

Roman chariot-racing – Circus games in Ancient Rome

By |2019-09-13T06:58:16-07:00September 1st, 2017|Romans|11 Comments

Roman circus games: Roman chariot-racing mosaic from Vienne, France Chariot-racing and gambling In addition to gladiatorial games, people in ancient Rome also really loved chariot-racing.  Both men and women went to the races all the time. They bet on which horses would win. Chariot races were actually even more popular than the gladiatorial games. More about [...]

27 07, 2017

Maimonides – a Jewish doctor in medieval Cairo

By |2019-05-21T11:54:39-07:00July 27th, 2017|Islam, Science|0 Comments

Saladin's castle in Cairo, where Maimonides worked Maimonides and health care In the 1100s AD, when Maimonides wrote his book about medicine, doctors didn't have very many medicines or medical treatments that worked. The Guide for the Perplexed Medieval Islamic medicine Most of the things they tried just made people even worse. Maimonides was smart enough to realize [...]

14 07, 2017

Atreus and Thyestes – House of Atreus – The Curse

By |2019-02-05T06:19:32-07:00July 14th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|0 Comments

Who were Atreus and Thyestes? Atreus and Thyestes were brothers, the sons of Pelops and Hippodameia. The brothers grew up together and played together. Greek mythology made easy All our Ancient Greece articles But instead of loving each other, Atreus and Thyestes were always rivals in everything. This may have been partly because of the curses on Tantalus, their grandfather, [...]