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Roman chariot-racing – Circus games in Ancient Rome

By | 2018-01-14T14:06:37+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Games, Romans|

Roman circus games: Roman chariot-racing mosaic from Vienne, France Chariot-racing and gambling In addition to gladiatorial games, people in ancient Rome also really loved chariot-racing.  Both men and women went to the races all the time. They bet on which horses would win. Chariot races were actually even more popular than the gladiatorial games. Roman [...]

Adam and Eve – Bible stories

By | 2017-08-23T15:18:26+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Adam and Eve eating the apple. The woman in the tree is the snake (Notre Dame Cathedral, 1200s AD) According to the Book of Genesis in the Bible, God created Adam and Eve, the first man and woman. Then God placed them in a wonderful place called the Garden of Eden. But God warned [...]

What is baptism? – History of Christianity

By | 2017-08-21T17:41:19+00:00 August 21st, 2017|History, Religion, Romans|

Torchlight parade (this one is actually in India) Even before the time of Jesus, many mystery religions of the ancient Mediterranean had some sort of ceremony that people had to do in order to join the cult. Some of these, like the Eleusinian mysteries, involved dipping yourself in water to wash away your past life, and to show that [...]

Cimabue – Giotto’s teacher – Medieval art

By | 2017-07-31T22:40:26+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Art, Medieval|

Cimabue's Madonna and Jesus, in Louvre Museum, Paris Cimabue (really Cenno di Pepe, but people call him Cimabue) was born in Florence, Italy, around 1240 AD, in the Middle Ages. Cimabue (chee-MA-boo-ay) worked in and around Florence his whole life. He worked on the mosaics decorating the inside of the baptistry and the cathedral in Florence. Fresco of Jesus, from the [...]

Florence Baptistery – the Romanesque baptistery of Florence, Italy

By | 2018-01-16T11:24:01+00:00 July 30th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Florence baptistery: the Romanesque baptistery in Florence, Italy This is where Catholic priests baptized Christian babies in medieval Florence.   Earlier Florence baptistery (700 AD) Probably people had built an earlier, smaller octagonal baptistery here around 700 AD. Catholics may have built the earlier baptistery  to encourage Lombards to convert to Catholicism from Arianism. Florence baptistery interior: mosaic of [...]

Architecture of the Abbasid Caliphate

By | 2017-07-22T06:59:21+00:00 July 22nd, 2017|Architecture, Islam|

Minaret at Samarra, 847 AD When the Abbasid dynasty moved the capital of the Islamic Empire to Baghdad from Damascus in 762 AD, of course they needed a lot of new buildings to make it beautiful. They did build a lot of lovely buildings. But because the modern city of Baghdad is right on top of the [...]

Ancient Greek houses

By | 2017-07-01T15:34:35+00:00 July 1st, 2017|Architecture, Greeks|

Ancient Greece house foundations at Alkyrnas, in western Greece near Patras Beginning in the Bronze Age, and continuing through to modern times, most Greek houses, like Egyptian and West Asian houses, were grouped in villages, and had a courtyard in the middle, open to the sunshine, and rooms around the edges. This is [...]

Make a mosaic – ancient Rome project

By | 2017-06-11T13:38:06+00:00 June 11th, 2017|Art, Crafts, Romans|

You can get a kit for making a mosaic from Amazon Why not try making a Roman mosaic? You can make a simple mosaic just with black and white pebbles, which you can get at any gardening store (or at the beach maybe). You could set the pebbles in plaster of paris, or [...]

African Buildings in Antiquity

By | 2018-02-08T23:21:15+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Africa, Architecture, History|

African buildings: Hathor temple at Naqa (modern Sudan), ca. 10 AD African buildings in stone In the first centuries AD, African architects kept building more stone buildings, as trade continued to increase, and Africa kept on getting richer. In East Africa, the queens of Kush (in modern Sudan) built stone temples and palaces. The [...]