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4 09, 2017

Roman schools – education in ancient Rome

By |2019-09-13T06:46:08-07:00September 4th, 2017|Romans|15 Comments

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 History of schools [...]

4 09, 2017

Roman high school – education in ancient Rome

By |2019-08-14T00:02:34-07:00September 4th, 2017|People, Romans|0 Comments

Roman high school: A fragment of Homer's Iliad on papyrus Who went to high school? Only the richest and smartest Roman boys went on from elementary school to high school. Most girls couldn't go to high school, but some girls were homeschooled. Roman schools Egyptian schools All our ancient Rome articles Leaving home for [...]

27 07, 2017

Parchment and the history of books

By |2019-06-01T13:54:12-07:00July 27th, 2017|Literature, West Asia|0 Comments

Pseudo-Apuleius, Herbarium (about 600 AD, now in Leiden) Papyrus came first Scribes carved the first writing on wet clay tablets, but soon after that, about 3000 BC, the Egyptians invented papyrus. By about 500 BC most people in West Asia and the Mediterranean used papyrus for writing. What is papyrus? Making papyrus Invention of writing Who invented the alphabet? All our West [...]

10 07, 2017

Who was Demosthenes? ancient Greece

By |2019-05-06T06:32:40-07:00July 10th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|0 Comments

Who was Demosthenes? Life of Demosthenes Demosthenes was born in Athens about 385 BC, in the Hellenistic period. He was an Athenian citizen from a rich family (though not a VERY rich family like Plato) and so he got a good education. Demosthenes' parents died when he was only seven years old, and [...]

5 07, 2017

Economy in Archaic Greece

By |2019-01-31T07:07:58-07:00July 5th, 2017|Economy, Greeks|0 Comments

Archaic Greek economy: A black-figure vase showing a blacksmith at work (Athens, about 550 BC) Not much trade in the Dark Ages During the political collapse of the Greek Dark Age (about 1200-1000 BC), many Greek people did not have children, or left for other countries. There weren't so many people living in [...]

17 06, 2017

What is papyrus? – Ancient Egypt

By |2019-09-14T06:41:17-07:00June 17th, 2017|Egypt|8 Comments

Papyrus plant When the Egyptians began to write, about 3000 BC, they wrote from the beginning in ink, on papyrus (pah-PIE-russ). Papyrus is a plant that grows wild all over the Nile river valley, so it is very common in Egypt. You can cut the long papyrus stalks and soak them in water [...]

17 06, 2017

Writing in Ancient Egypt

By |2018-04-19T13:55:04-07:00June 17th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Literature|0 Comments

Book of the Dead Writing in Egypt goes back to pretty much the earliest writing anywhere. Nobody really knows yet whether the Egyptians figured out how to write for themselves. They might have learned about writing from the Sumerians, who also began writing about the same time, about 3000 BC. But the Egyptian [...]

14 06, 2017

Ancient Egyptian games: play and toys in ancient Egypt

By |2019-09-10T06:51:22-07:00June 14th, 2017|Egypt|24 Comments

Ancient Egyptian games:  knucklebones Egyptian board games: senet and mancala Ancient Egyptian games were a lot like some games people still play today. Some Egyptian games were traditional African games. (More about African games) The Egyptians learned other games from their West Asian neighbors. (More about West Asian games) People in ancient Egypt played [...]

13 06, 2017

Ancient Egyptian plants – papyrus and palm trees

By |2019-09-13T06:58:10-07:00June 13th, 2017|Egypt|12 Comments

Date palm Palms and papyrus The plants that grew in ancient Egypt were very different from plants that grow in America or Britain. The lotus and the papyrus plants, for instance, were (and are) very common in Egypt. Egyptian environment Egyptian animals African environment All our Ancient Egypt articles All the Africa articles [...]