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6 09, 2017

Science and the gods – History of Science

By |2017-09-06T12:54:33-07:00September 6th, 2017|History|0 Comments

The Egyptian god Bes Gods are part of people's desire to know how the world works. It's one of the ways that people explain how the world works. People say that God or the gods make this happen. Or you could say that the gods are a way of talking about complicated things that happen. Maybe they're [...]

4 09, 2017

Lucretius – On the Nature of Things – Epicureanism

By |2018-04-18T17:19:14-07:00September 4th, 2017|Philosophy, Romans, Science|0 Comments

A medieval manuscript copy of Lucretius' De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things) Lucretius was born about 99 BC, in the later Roman Republic. Nobody knows anything about Lucretius' life. But he must have been an educated Roman from a very rich family. Otherwise, he wouldn't have been able to do the work he did. At some [...]

4 09, 2017

Roman philosophy – ancient Rome

By |2018-04-24T11:41:37-07:00September 4th, 2017|Philosophy, Romans|0 Comments

A Roman man making a speech (Florence, about 50 BC) Thanks to VROMA for the image Romans meet Greek philosophy Roman men didn't begin studying philosophy until about 200 BC. At that time, the Romans were conquering Greece. So a lot of Roman soldiers and generals spent a lot of time in Greece, and got a chance to talk [...]

3 09, 2017

Latin Literature – the writers of ancient Rome

By |2019-08-04T09:19:47-07:00September 3rd, 2017|Literature, Romans|0 Comments

Latin literature: A Roman papyrus scroll from a library of Epicurean philosophy (Herculaneum, Italy) Where did Latin come from? The Roman Empire lasted for more than a thousand years, so there was plenty of time to produce a lot of writing. Latin, an Indo-European language, was written in an alphabet derived from the Greek alphabet, with some letters [...]

16 08, 2017

Ancient philosophy: ethics, fate, and science

By |2018-04-24T11:55:01-07:00August 16th, 2017|Philosophy|0 Comments

Weighing the souls of the dead Philosophy means the love of wisdom. But what does that mean? It's hard to separate philosophy from religion. And it's also hard to draw a line between philosophy and science and mathematics. All of these are parts of people's search to make order out of nature. They're a way of [...]