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Roman basilicas – Architecture in ancient Rome

By |2018-04-24T23:28:35+00:00August 25th, 2017|Architecture, Government, Romans|

Basilica Aemilia, Rome When the Romans had any activity they wanted to do in groups, but inside, out of the weather, they generally met in a basilica (ba-SILL-uh-ka). A basilica is a long hall with two or more rows of columns running down the long way to help hold the roof up, like [...]

Anne of Austria, Queen of France

By |2018-09-24T06:18:07+00:00August 4th, 2017|History, Modern Europe|

Anne of Austria Anne of Austria rules France Cardinal Richelieu died in 1642 AD and Louis XIII died the next year, in 1643. Louis' wife, Anne of Austria, ruled after him as regent for her four year old son, Louis XIV. Who was Richelieu? What is a regent? European history articles Anne's minister Mazarin Anne was in [...]

Europe’s economy in the 1800s

By |2018-04-16T10:32:28+00:00August 4th, 2017|Economy, Modern Europe|

A British merchant ship in the Caribbean, in the 1860s By 1800 AD, France, Britain, and Spain were all getting rich. They used their strong armies and navies to take wood, food, and cotton from other countries without paying for them. France was taking things from West Africa and Haiti. Britain was taking stuff from India, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. [...]

What is marble? History of Art

By |2018-06-15T16:15:43+00:00May 25th, 2017|Architecture, Art, Geology|

What is marble? A Cycladic figurine from Ancient Greece in marble What is marble made out of? Marble is metamorphic limestone . That is, marble is a metamorphic rock made out of limestone. (More about metamorphic rocks) And then limestone is a rock made from the shells of billions of tiny sea creatures that died [...]