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The Roman Republic – Ancient Rome

By | 2018-04-28T14:05:02+00:00 September 3rd, 2017|History, Romans|

Doric temple at Paestum, Italy Conquering southern Italy Once they had established their Republic,  the Romans began to conquer southern Italy. They used another good idea to help them. Offering to help cities Like Alexander the Great about the same time, Romans told everybody that if any city needed help fighting a war, the Romans would be happy [...]

Who was Pythagoras? Greek Mathematics

By | 2018-04-23T14:19:59+00:00 July 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. He spent most of his life in the Greek colonies in Sicily and southern Italy. Pythagoras had a group of followers (like Taoists followed Lao Tzu, or Buddhists followed [...]

Ancient Greek painting – ancient Greece

By | 2018-04-22T11:09:38+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Art, Greeks|

Attacking a town with ships (Thera, ca. 1600 BC) The oldest paintings in Europe are cave paintings from Western Europe, but the Greeks probably learned to create art not from the cave paintings but from West Asian and Egyptian artists who lived closer to them. Stone Age Greek artists concentrated on pottery; they [...]

Archaic Greece – Stone temples

By | 2017-06-30T15:05:48+00:00 June 30th, 2017|Architecture, Greeks|

Temple of Herakles, Agrigento, Sicily In early Archaic Greek temples, the columns and the roof were made of wood. To keep the wood from rotting, Greek builders put a flat stone under each column. And to help the columns support the weight of the roof, they put a block of wood at the top of [...]