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Roman freedmen – slavery in ancient Rome

By |2017-09-04T08:46:13+00:00September 4th, 2017|People, Romans|

A gravestone for a freedwoman, put up by her husband, who was also a freedman (ILS 1221, Rome, 80 BC) Freedmen and freedwomen were people in ancient Rome who had once been enslaved but had managed to get legally free. Sometimes they were freed because they were getting too old to work and the people [...]

Tacitus – Roman historian – ancient Rome

By |2017-09-04T08:11:49+00:00September 4th, 2017|History, Literature, Romans|

The tombstone of Tacitus Tacitus' work is as well known for his skill in writing history as it is for the value of the facts he presents. His beautiful and efficient phrasing, his ability to bring characters to life with only a few words, his willingness to present the information fairly and in [...]

Where did Passover come from? Jewish holidays

By |2017-08-24T14:32:07+00:00August 24th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Handmade Matzoh In its earliest beginnings, which could go back to the Stone Age, Passover was a Jewish spring festival. It celebrated the first barley harvest after the winter. All winter there had not really been enough to eat. Now in March or so there was finally some fresh new barley bread to eat! People were [...]

Stowe – American poetry project

By |2018-04-24T10:41:40+00:00August 14th, 2017|Literature, North America|

Harriet Beecher Stowe Arrival in the Land of Freedom (1853) LOOK on the travellers kneeling, In thankful gladness, here, As the boat that brought them o'er the lake, Goes steaming from the pier. 'Tis Harry, like a girl disguised, His mother, like a boy, But the father kneels beside them, And their hearts [...]