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Visit Rome with kids! What to see, where to stay

By |2018-04-20T08:22:40+00:00September 4th, 2017|History, Romans|

Checking out the Servian Wall in Rome You'll never run out of things to do with kids in Rome! The Roman Forum is a good place to start - plenty of room to climb and run. At the end of the Forum is the Colosseum, where gladiators killed lions, and if you have enough energy, afterwards [...]

Roman insulae – apartments – Roman architecture

By |2018-04-15T16:06:47+00:00September 4th, 2017|Architecture, Romans|

Insulae at Ostia (can you see where the wooden balconies would have been?) In big cities, most Romans lived in apartment buildings we call insulae (IN-sue-lie), or islands (because they often took up a whole city block). During the 100s AD, there were almost 50,000 apartment buildings in Rome (mostly with many families living [...]

What is a midwife? History of childbirth

By |2018-11-01T07:47:47+00:00August 16th, 2017|Economy, Science|

A Roman carving of a midwife at a birth (Isola Della Sacra, Ostia, 1st century AD) Who delivered babies in the ancient world? A midwife is a woman who helps other women give birth to their babies. In ancient and medieval times, doctors didn't usually have anything to do with women having babies - that was the [...]