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3 09, 2017

Visit Italy with kids! Sights to see

By |2019-10-08T06:08:35-07:00September 3rd, 2017|History, Medieval, Romans|0 Comments

Visit Italy with Kids: Leaning Tower of Pisa Will people welcome my kids? They sure will! Visiting Italy with kids is a blast, because many Italians are very friendly to other people's children and everyone will always be talking to your kids, helping you out, making them laugh, and generally helping you have [...]

21 08, 2017

What is baptism? – History of Christianity

By |2019-02-10T06:06:07-07:00August 21st, 2017|History, Religion, Romans|1 Comment

Torchlight parade (this one is actually in India) Baptism before Christianity Even before the time of Jesus, many mystery religions of the ancient Mediterranean had some sort of ceremony that people had to do in order to join the cult. Some of these, like the Eleusinian mysteries, involved dipping yourself in water to wash away your past life, and [...]

7 08, 2017

Niccolo Machiavelli – The Prince – Florence

By |2018-04-08T11:14:28-07:00August 7th, 2017|Modern Europe, Philosophy|0 Comments

Niccolo Machiavelli Around 1500 AD, Machiavelli was working for the government in the city-state of Florence. Florence was smack in the middle of the Renaissance, which meant that everybody in Florence was thinking and talking about how cool ancient Rome was. After the Medicis tortured him and pushed him out of power in 1513, Machiavelli began writing books [...]

4 08, 2017

Peter Paul Rubens – European art history

By |2017-08-04T15:40:52-07:00August 4th, 2017|Art, Modern Europe|0 Comments

Rubens (self-portrait), 1620 AD Peter Paul Rubens was born in Germany in 1577. At that time, the Holy Roman Emperors were weak and there were a bunch of civil wars going on. His father, who was a lawyer, was also a Calvinist - a Protestant. The family fled to Cologne before Rubens was born, because of fighting between [...]

4 08, 2017

Raphael – Biography – Renaissance art

By |2018-04-23T09:44:15-07:00August 4th, 2017|Art, Modern Europe|0 Comments

Raphael's early selfie as a teenager Raphael, Titian, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci were the four greatest painters of the Renaissance in Italy. Raphael was born in 1483, when Michelangelo was eight years old and Leonardo was already grown up; Titian was a little younger. With their new Chinese compasses, the first European ships were just beginning to sail south to Congo and Angola. Columbus reached the Caribbean when Raphael was nine [...]

4 08, 2017

Michelangelo – Renaissance art

By |2018-04-21T13:20:49-07:00August 4th, 2017|Art, Modern Europe|0 Comments

The artist Michelangelo's David Not long after Leonardo da Vinci started working, in 1475 AD, a new artist was born in northern Italy. His name was Michelangelo. Michelangelo's family said they were descended from the powerful Matilda of Canossa, but Michelangelo's father was a banker in Florence. He also owned a small marble quarry, where the small [...]

4 08, 2017

Leonardo da Vinci Biography

By |2019-09-18T07:42:09-07:00August 4th, 2017|Modern Europe|2 Comments

Leonardo da Vinci, artist and scientist - a self-portrait Leonardo was home-schooled Leonardo da Vinci was born near Florence, in Italy, in 1452 AD. His father was a clerk, and his parents weren't married. Until he was five, Leonardo lived with his mother. Then he moved to his father's house, where he was home-schooled in Latin and math. What [...]

4 08, 2017

Thomas Aquinas – Dominican monk

By |2018-04-24T09:23:15-07:00August 4th, 2017|Medieval, Philosophy|0 Comments

Naples, with Mount Vesuvius in the background Like Ibn Rushd and Maimonides, Thomas Aquinas was a great thinke who tried to figure out the relationship between science and religion. But unlike Ibn Rushd and Maimonides, Aquinas was a Christian. Thomas Aquinas was born in southern Italy, at his father's castle, in 1224 or 1225 AD. It was just after the death of Francis [...]

3 08, 2017

Dante Alighieri – Inferno – Middle Ages

By |2018-10-02T07:17:25-07:00August 3rd, 2017|Literature, Medieval|0 Comments

Dante Alighieri, painted by Giotto about 1320 AD Dante wrote in Italian, not Latin Since the time of the Romans, writers who lived in Italy had always written in Latin. Virgil wrote in Latin, Ovid wrote in Latin, and Gregory the Great and St. Benedict wrote in Latin. Thomas Aquinas wrote in Latin. Who was St. Benedict? Who was Thomas Aquinas? More Middle Ages articles [...]

3 08, 2017

Boccaccio – Decameron – Medieval literature

By |2019-02-14T05:45:55-07:00August 3rd, 2017|Literature, Medieval|0 Comments

Florence, Italy Who was Boccaccio? Most of the people who knew how to write in the early Middle Ages were monks. So most of them wrote about serious things like God and Heaven and Hell. Even writers who weren't monks, like Dante, usually wrote about Christian ideas. Who was Dante? More medieval literature All our medieval Europe articles [...]