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1 09, 2017

Roman chariot-racing – Circus games in Ancient Rome

By |2019-09-13T06:58:16-07:00September 1st, 2017|Romans|11 Comments

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. More about [...]

23 08, 2017

Adam and Eve – Bible stories

By |2019-01-17T07:47:03-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|0 Comments

Adam and Eve eating the apple. The woman in the tree is the snake (Notre Dame Cathedral, 1200s AD) The Creation of Man 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 [...]

21 08, 2017

What is baptism? – History of Christianity

By |2019-02-10T06:06:07-07:00August 21st, 2017|History, Religion, Romans|1 Comment

Torchlight parade (this one is actually in India) Baptism before Christianity 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 [...]

31 07, 2017

Cimabue – Giotto’s teacher – Medieval art

By |2019-04-04T04:41:14-07:00July 31st, 2017|Art, Medieval|0 Comments

The painter Cimabue's Madonna and Jesus, in Louvre Museum, Paris Who was Cimabue? The painter Cimabue (really Cenno di Pepe, but people call him Cimabue) was born in Florence, Italy, around 1240 AD, in the Middle Ages. More about Florence Medieval art All our Middle Ages articles Cimabue's mosaics Cimabue (chee-MA-boo-ay) worked in and around [...]

30 07, 2017

Florence Baptistery – Romanesque architecture in Italy

By |2019-02-10T08:22:46-07:00July 30th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|0 Comments

Florence baptistery: the Romanesque baptistery in Florence, Italy Earlier Florence baptistery (700 AD) Probably people had built an earlier, smaller octagonal baptistery here around 700 AD.  This is where Catholic priests baptized Christian babies in medieval Florence. What is baptism? Medieval Florence Romanesque architecture All our medieval Europe articles This baptistery is also called San Giovanni, the [...]

22 07, 2017

Architecture of the Abbasid Caliphate

By |2019-01-15T18:07:55-07:00July 22nd, 2017|Architecture, Islam|0 Comments

Minaret at Samarra, 847 AD The Abbasids built Baghdad 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. See earlier buildings in Damascus Medieval Islamic architecture All [...]

1 07, 2017

Houses in ancient Greece

By |2019-09-18T07:51:53-07:00July 1st, 2017|Greeks|2 Comments

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

11 06, 2017

Make a mosaic – ancient Rome project

By |2017-06-11T13:38:06-07:00June 11th, 2017|Art, Crafts, Romans|0 Comments

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 [...]

18 05, 2017

African Buildings in Antiquity

By |2018-04-09T10:31:06-07:00May 18th, 2017|Africa, Architecture, History|0 Comments

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 [...]