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15 09, 2017

Married women in West Asia

By |2019-09-04T07:30:46-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Grindstone from Syria, about 1500 BC (Louvre Museum) Most married women in West Asia lived with their husband's family, so young married women took orders from their husband's mother. Sometimes the two women got along well; other times they fought the way many teenagers fight with their parents. Some families hit or starved [...]

4 09, 2017

Roman family – children and households in ancient Rome

By |2019-06-04T06:23:09-07:00September 4th, 2017|People, Romans|0 Comments

A Roman family on a tombstone Roman definitions of family The Roman idea of family included not just a husband and wife and their children, but also the people they enslaved (if they had any), and free employees. So it meant something more like a household, or a family-owned business. Roman economy Roman women [...]

16 08, 2017

Life expectancy and history

By |2017-08-16T11:45:36-07:00August 16th, 2017|People|0 Comments

Tombstone from Rome, 400s AD Throughout the ancient and medieval worlds, people died much younger on average than they do in North America or Europe or China or Japan today. (Though they lived longer than the average in some countries in modern Africa). The average age at death today in the United States [...]

16 08, 2017

Averages and demographics

By |2017-08-16T00:11:21-07:00August 16th, 2017|Math, People|0 Comments

Ara Pacis Augustae - the Altar of Peace, in Rome You can see why ancient life expectancies were low for yourself: figure out the average age at death of the following group of people: Grandma Julia: 85 (from a stroke) Grandpa Lucius: 45 (from diabetes) Mom: 56 (from cancer) Dad: 45 (from a heart attack) [...]