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14 09, 2017

Who were the Trojans? – West Asian history

By |2019-09-04T08:14:40-07:00September 14th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

A reconstruction of what Troy VI might have looked like. For thousands of years, people read Homer's Iliad and learned the story of the Trojan War. But nobody knew if it had really happened, or if there really even was a city of Troy. In the 1800s, a German man named Heinrich Schliemann decided to look for [...]

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 [...]

26 08, 2017

Nero’s Golden House – Domus Aurea – Rome

By |2019-07-09T23:32:50-07:00August 26th, 2017|Architecture, Romans|0 Comments

The inside of Nero's Golden House: it's very dark! Why was Nero building a new palace? After the Great Fire of Rome in 64 AD, the Roman Emperor Nero took advantage of the space where many buildings had burned down to build himself a new palace right in the middle of downtown Rome. He called his new [...]

3 08, 2017

Anna Comnena’s Alexiad – Byzantine literature

By |2019-01-22T11:03:06-07:00August 3rd, 2017|Literature, Medieval|0 Comments

Anna Comnena, author of the Alexiad Who was Anna Comnena? Anna Comnena was born a princess in 1083 AD. She was the oldest child of the Byzantine emperor Alexios. She was named for her grandmother, the powerful empress Anna. The Empress Anna ruled the Empire whenever Alexios was away fighting wars. The Empress Anna raised her [...]

16 07, 2017

Trojan Horse Story – Greek mythology

By |2019-09-13T06:48:40-07:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks|13 Comments

Earliest picture of the Trojan Horse story, on a  Greek vase ca. 670 BC The end of the Trojan War After the events of the Iliad and the death of Hector, the Trojan War still wasn't over. Neither the Greeks nor the Trojans seemed to be able to win, until one of the Greek kings, Odysseus of [...]

10 07, 2017

Odyssey – Homer – Summary

By |2018-04-23T08:56:36-07:00July 10th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|0 Comments

Odysseus and his men put out the eye of the Cyclops, Polyphemos (ca. 660 BC) Homer wrote the Odyssey The Greek poet Homer wrote down the Odyssey around 700 BC, although the story itself is probably much older. It is the story of King Odysseus' return from the Trojan War to his kingdom [...]

10 07, 2017

Who was Homer? Greek epic literature

By |2019-08-18T18:38:35-07:00July 10th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|0 Comments

Cup by Sophilos, showing a race from the Iliad by Homer (as the inscription says - Athens, ca. 570 BC) Why is Homer important? To the classical Greeks, Homer's epics played very much the same role that the Bible plays for a lot of people today. People memorized big chunks of the Iliad [...]