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11 09, 2017

Printing presses in the Ottoman Empire

By |2019-09-05T06:34:51-07:00September 11th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Ibrahim Mutafferika's illustration of American bison (1728 AD) One of the great new inventions of Renaissance Europe was the printing press with movable type. But one of the great disadvantages of the Ottoman Empire was that they didn't start using printing presses. They didn't publish books, pamphlets, or newspapers until much later - [...]

5 09, 2017

Heloise and Abelard – Middle Ages in Europe

By |2019-08-09T12:02:30-07:00September 5th, 2017|Medieval, Religion|0 Comments

Heloise and Abelard Who was Heloise? The story of Heloise (HELL-oh-ees) and her husband Peter Abelard is one of the saddest stories of Western history. Heloise was born about 1100 AD. (This was just a few years after the Norman Conquest). When Heloise was a young woman, about twenty years old, she lived with [...]

4 09, 2017

Roman schools – education in ancient Rome

By |2019-09-13T06:46:08-07:00September 4th, 2017|Romans|15 Comments

Roman education outside of school: A Roman teacher home-schooling, about 200 AD Poor kids had to work Roman schools were for rich boys; most Roman kids did not go to school. Like their parents, they worked in the fields hoeing and weeding and plowing as soon as they were old enough. More about Roman farming History of schools [...]

4 09, 2017

Roman high school – education in ancient Rome

By |2019-08-14T00:02:34-07:00September 4th, 2017|People, Romans|0 Comments

Roman high school: A fragment of Homer's Iliad on papyrus Who went to high school? Only the richest and smartest Roman boys went on from elementary school to high school. Most girls couldn't go to high school, but some girls were homeschooled. Roman schools Egyptian schools All our ancient Rome articles Leaving home for [...]

7 08, 2017

Mary Wollstonecraft – European philosophy

By |2019-04-27T19:54:01-07:00August 7th, 2017|Modern Europe, Philosophy|0 Comments

Mary Wollstonecraft - European philosophy Who was Mary Wollstonecraft? Mary Wollstonecraft was the most famous woman among the Enlightenment philosophers of the 1700s AD. Damaris Masham Mary Astell Enlightenment philosophy All our modern Europe articles What did Wollstonecraft say? Like Damaris Masham and Mary Astell in the 1600s, Wollstonecraft mainly argued that men should not prevent women from getting [...]

7 08, 2017

Emilie du Chatelet – European philosophy

By |2019-05-18T09:08:25-07:00August 7th, 2017|Modern Europe, Philosophy|0 Comments

Emilie du Chatelet, a French philosopher in the 1700s Did Emilie du Chatelet go to school? Emilie du Chatelet's rich father, who was interested in literature and science, hired tutors to homeschool her, instead of sending her to a convent school. She learned Latin, German, Greek, and Italian, as well as math and science. [...]

6 08, 2017

Mary Astell – European philosophy

By |2019-02-04T06:09:16-07:00August 6th, 2017|Modern Europe, Philosophy|0 Comments

Mary Astell Mary Astell's backstory Unlike the slightly older Masham, and most other Enlightenment philosophers, Mary Astell was not from a really rich family. Who was Damaris Masham? Enlightenment philosophers All our modern Europe articles Mary Astell grew up in England. Like other girls in the 1600s AD, Astell never went to school, though her family [...]

4 08, 2017

Medieval universities in Europe

By |2017-08-04T09:21:20-07:00August 4th, 2017|Medieval|0 Comments

Medieval university With the fall of Rome, the universities of northern Europe closed too. The end of Mediterranean trade meant that nobody could afford to get an advanced education anymore. In Europe, there were only small schools run by the Catholic church. Or independent scholars gave public lectures and tutored private students. Or there [...]

26 07, 2017

Medieval Islamic women

By |2017-07-26T23:13:36-07:00July 26th, 2017|Islam, People|0 Comments

Mohammed with his daughter Fatima (she's in the front) Mohammed loved and admired the women in his life. He tried to give women more rights than they had before in Arabia, or under Roman and Sassanian law. The Quran tried to make rules that would help women. In general women had more rights under Islam than they had had before. [...]