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Nero’s Golden House – Domus Aurea – Rome

By |2019-07-09T23:32:50-07:00August 26th, 2017|Architecture, Romans|

The inside of Nero's Golden House: it's very dark! Why was Nero building a new palace? After the Great Fire of Rome in 64 AD, the Roman Emperor Nero took advantage of the space where many buildings had burned down to build himself a new palace right in the middle of downtown Rome. He called his new [...]

Anna Comnena’s Alexiad – Byzantine literature

By |2019-01-22T11:03:06-07:00August 3rd, 2017|Literature, Medieval|

Anna Comnena, author of the Alexiad Who was Anna Comnena? Anna Comnena was born a princess in 1083 AD. She was the oldest child of the Byzantine emperor Alexios. She was named for her grandmother, the powerful empress Anna. The Empress Anna ruled the Empire whenever Alexios was away fighting wars. The Empress Anna raised her [...]

Arabic language and literature

By |2019-01-30T07:53:33-07:00July 25th, 2017|Islam, Literature|

Arabic language: Sabataean writing Where did Arabic come from? Arabic is in the Semitic language group. Semitic languages seem to have gotten started before the beginning of writing. That would be before about 3000 BC. Probably Semitic languages developed from an earlier language somewhere near modern Syria. A different branch of that earlier language became [...]

Menelaus and Helen – Trojan War

By |2019-03-29T20:53:53-07:00July 15th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Menelaus and Helen lived in Sparta Who was Menelaus? Menelaus was the son of Atreus, so he was also the younger brother of Agamemnon. The older brother, Agamemnon, inherited his father's kingdom at Mycenae. Who was Atreus? Who is Agamemnon? More Greek mythology All our Ancient Greece articles How did Menelaus get Helen? So Menelaus [...]

Who was Ajax? The Iliad – Greek mythology

By |2019-01-19T13:59:10-07:00July 14th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Ajax in the Iliad carrying the dead Achilles He brought back the body of Achilles Ajax was one of the great heroes of the Trojan War. He was the king of Salamis, near Athens. Homer says Ajax was a very big and strong man. Only his cousin Achilles, who he had gone to school with, was a better [...]

Who is Athena? Ancient Greek gods

By |2019-02-05T05:07:19-07:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|

Birth of Athena Who are Athena's parents? Athena is one of the younger Greek goddesses; she is Zeus's daughter. Her mother was Metis (Wisdom). More about Zeus More Greek gods All our Ancient Greece articles How was Athena born? The story is that Zeus swallowed Metis, already pregnant with Athena, and then Athena [...]

Who was Homer? Greek epic literature

By |2019-08-18T18:38:35-07:00July 10th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Cup by Sophilos, showing a race from the Iliad by Homer (as the inscription says - Athens, ca. 570 BC) Why is Homer important? To the classical Greeks, Homer's epics played very much the same role that the Bible plays for a lot of people today. People memorized big chunks of the Iliad [...]

Athena in Homer’s Odyssey

By |2018-04-23T08:41:50-07:00July 9th, 2017|Greeks, Literature, Religion|

Athena in the Odyssey: Odysseus and Athena, on a red-figure vase Athena in the Odyssey In the Iliad and the Odyssey, Athena was on the side of the Greeks, because she hated the Trojans. Athena hated the Trojans because Paris was a Trojan and he had voted against her in the Judgment of [...]

Greek houses – houses in ancient Greece

By |2019-07-19T08:41:44-07:00July 1st, 2017|Architecture, Greeks|

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 [...]