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Roman schools – education in ancient Rome

By |2018-05-22T15:26:22+00:00September 4th, 2017|People, Romans|

Roman education outside of school: A Roman teacher home-schooling, about 200 AD Poor kids had to work Roman schools were for rich boys; most Roman kids did not go to school. Like their parents, they worked in the fields hoeing and weeding and plowing as soon as they were old enough. (More about Roman farming) Their parents needed [...]

Puritans – American religion

By |2017-08-14T15:33:52+00:00August 14th, 2017|Modern Europe, North America, Religion|

A Puritan family about 1563 About 1563 AD, some people in England decided that they wanted to follow a way of life that they thought would be more according to what the Christian God wanted. They called themselves "the godly", but other people called them "Puritans." Puritan people, like Calvinists, thought only God decided whether you got into Heaven. [...]

Who was Pythagoras? Greek Mathematics

By |2018-10-01T10:46:35+00:00July 18th, 2017|Greeks, Math|

Near where Pythagoras lived: Doric temple at Paestum, Italy Who was Pythagoras? Pythagoras lived in the 500s BC. He was one of the first Greek mathematical thinkers that we know about, after Thales. Who was Thales? All about Greek mathematics Lots of articles about ancient Greece Pythagoras spent most of his life in the Greek colonies in [...]

Ancient Greek science – math, astronomy, medicine

By |2018-08-22T14:21:07+00:00July 18th, 2017|Greeks, Science|

Ancient Greek science: Greek doctor letting blood out of a patient because he believes in the four humors When did Greek science get started? By about 600 BC, ancient Greek people were getting richer from trading between Egypt, West Asia, Carthage, and Europe. Now richer families could afford to send their boys to college. More boys got a good education and became scientists. Soon [...]

What are nomos and physis? Greek philosophy

By |2018-04-23T09:41:10+00:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Philosophy|

Nomos and physis: Laocoon: being strangled by snakes People in ancient Greece often thought of the world as being a fight, or an agon, between the two forces of rationalism and chaos, or between law and nature. The Greeks called these two forces "nomos", meaning law and order and rationalism, and "physis" (FU-sis), [...]

Greek philosophy – ancient Greece

By |2018-10-02T08:47:34+00:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Philosophy|

Greek philosophy at a symposium: men talking at a party - Loan Ant.103.18.The Fitzwilliam Museum The beginnings of philosophy In the 500s BC, people all over Europe and Asia became more and more interested in great philosophical questions. Why are we here? How does the world work? Why do things happen the way [...]

Listen to ancient Greek music

By |2018-04-22T10:37:37+00:00July 2nd, 2017|Art, Greeks|

Ancient Greek music: an enslaved woman plays a lyre Some people have been trying to figure out what ancient Greek music might have sounded like.  But most of what we know about Greek music comes from pictures like this one, from black-figure and red-figure vases. The pictures show us what the instruments looked [...]

What did ancient Greek music sound like?

By |2018-04-19T12:15:01+00:00July 2nd, 2017|History|

Apollo playing the lyre People in ancient Greece loved music, and made it an important part of their lives. Greek people thought of music as a way of honoring the gods, and making the world a more human, civilized place. Unfortunately nobody knows what Greek music sounded like, because there were no microphones [...]

Greek art history: rhythm, order, and pattern – Ancient Greece

By |2018-04-22T10:26:48+00:00July 2nd, 2017|Art, Greeks|

Greek art: A slave woman plays a kithara (Athens, ca. 480 BC) Greek art: order and chaos Artists in ancient Greece thought of art as a way of creating order out of chaos - taming wild things and making them into something human and good. Music in ancient Greece Greek musicians took noise [...]