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Married women in West Asia

By |2018-04-25T23:58:44+00:00September 15th, 2017|People, West Asia|

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 [...]

Juno – the Roman goddess – Roman religion

By |2017-09-04T14:36:31+00:00September 4th, 2017|Religion, Romans|

The Roman goddess Juno Juno was Jupiter's wife and sister for the Romans, the way Hera was Zeus's wife for the Greeks. Because the Romans and the Greeks were both descended from Central Asian Indo-Europeans, Hera and Juno probably started out as the same goddess. But the Romans thought of Juno a little differently from Hera. Juno was mainly a goddess of marriage, like [...]

Roman women: Women in ancient Rome – gender and power

By |2018-05-16T23:44:59+00:00September 4th, 2017|People, Romans|

Roman women: an old woman, about 50 AD. The sculptor has made her look silly on purpose to make fun of old women Were women oppressed in ancient Rome? Roman women lived under many restrictions that did not apply to Roman men. Roman women knew that men were treating them unfairly, and they [...]

Ancient Roman people – who lived in the Roman Empire?

By |2018-04-25T10:24:36+00:00September 4th, 2017|People, Romans|

A barmaid brings a drink to two men sitting on chairs. The words show the men arguing about whose drink it is. (Caupona of Salvius, Pompeii, 79 AD) The Roman Empire was so big that there were a lot of different people with different cultures living in it. So you can't really say there was one [...]

Roman families – children and households in ancient Rome

By |2018-04-25T10:21:33+00:00September 4th, 2017|People, Romans|

A Roman family on a tombstone The Roman idea of family included not just a husband and wife and their children, but also their slaves (if they had any), so that it meant something more like a family-owned business with the employees. Because of this, Roman men had more power within the family than Roman women did - they [...]

What is a dowry? History of marriage

By |2018-04-24T11:07:33+00:00August 16th, 2017|Economy|

Peleus, future father of Achilles, greets the guests at his wedding; the bride Thetis waits inside the house (Sophilos; British Museum, ca. 580 BC) Beginning about as far back as there are any written records, about 3000 BC, people exchanged money as part of a marriage. The custom is probably much older than that, even. [...]

What was it like to be enslaved? American history

By |2018-04-07T17:05:48+00:00August 14th, 2017|History|

Inside a slave cabin When you got to the plantation (a big farm) after the slave auction, someone would tell you which cabin to sleep in. You shared that cabin with a lot of other people. Enslaved African-Americans picking cotton. See the little girl? During the day you worked in the fields, planting [...]

Native American Daily Life

By |2018-04-24T10:38:17+00:00August 10th, 2017|Native American, People|

An Apache woman holding a baby in a cradleboard Most kids in North America lived with their mothers and fathers and brothers and sisters. Most families lived in one room of a pueblo, or one tipi or hogan or wickiup. Because a lot of kids died of sicknesses, you usually had a lot of brothers and sisters. [...]

Medieval people – Life in medieval Europe

By |2018-04-24T11:23:07+00:00August 4th, 2017|Medieval, People|

Madonna and child (Donatello) The way people thought about each other in the Middle Ages, everyone was involved in complicated systems of relationships with each other. The first relationships people had were with their own families. In medieval European families, most kids lived with their father and mother and brothers and sisters. Because people died [...]

Medieval cathedrals – Architecture

By |2018-10-12T08:26:05+00:00July 30th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Medieval cathedrals: Façade of Amiens cathedral in France What is a cathedral? A cathedral is any Christian church where a bishop has his headquarters. No matter how big a church is, if there's no bishop working in it, then it's not a cathedral. More about bishops Lots more Middle Ages articles For instance, the cathedral of Laon in [...]