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Achilles debate – Greek literature activity

By |2018-04-23T09:02:50+00:00July 15th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Achilles debate: this is Achilles, on a Greek black-figure vase from around 530 BC Achilles, the hero of Homer's Iliad, learned that he had a choice. He could choose to live a long, healthy life ruling his small kingdom, with his children and grandchildren around him, and then die and be forgotten like other men. [...]

Melos and Athens – Thucydides

By |2018-04-23T08:03:15+00:00July 10th, 2017|Greeks, History, Literature|

The Pnyx, where the Athenian Assembly met In 416 BC, Athens and Sparta were right in the middle of the Peloponnesian War. As part of that war, the Athenians got in an argument with the island of Melos. It ended in disaster. Melos was an island in the Aegean Sea, between Greece and the Persian [...]

Foot-binding, corsets, and tattoos – Ancient China project

By |2018-04-18T09:54:19+00:00June 9th, 2017|History|

A Chinese shoe for someone with bound feet When we think about Chinese clothing, it strikes us as really weird that women bound little girls' feet so they couldn't grow, and made them grow up with little tiny broken feet that they could hardly walk on. (More on foot-binding) Most women in [...]

Were the Mongols good or bad?

By |2017-06-08T21:58:44+00:00June 8th, 2017|Central Asia|

The Mongols besiege a city in West Asia Sometimes we see Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire and they're really bad - they attack defenseless cities and kill thousands of people and make piles of their skulls. They destroyed the whole irrigation system of Central Asia and left it a desert. The [...]