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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 [...]

Roman high schools – education in ancient Rome

By |2017-09-04T08:56:00+00:00September 4th, 2017|People, Romans|

A fragment of Homer's Iliad on papyrus Only the richest and smartest Roman boys went on from elementary school to high school. Girls generally couldn't go to high school, but sometimes they could be homeschooled. Most towns didn't have a high school, so in order to go to high school you had to leave home [...]

Parchment and the history of books

By |2018-04-21T13:19:57+00:00July 27th, 2017|Literature, West Asia|

Pseudo-Apuleius, Herbarium (about 600 AD, now in Leiden) Scribes carved the first writing on wet clay tablets, but soon after that, about 3000 BC, the Egyptians invented papyrus, and by about 500 BC most people in West Asia and the Mediterranean used papyrus for writing. They couldn't make papyrus, though, because papyrus reeds wouldn't grow in their countries, and they had to buy [...]

Who was Demosthenes? ancient Greece

By |2018-04-23T08:49:34+00:00July 10th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

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 his guardians [...]

What is papyrus? – Ancient Egypt

By |2017-11-21T14:14:28+00:00June 17th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Literature|

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 [...]

Writing in Ancient Egypt

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

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 [...]

Ancient Egyptian games: play and toys in ancient Egypt

By |2018-05-27T13:56:52+00:00June 14th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Games|

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 [...]

Ancient Egyptian plants – papyrus and palm trees

By |2017-06-13T12:32:17+00:00June 13th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Environment|

Date palms 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. Papyrus is a kind of reed which grows in wetlands along the banks of the Nile River. Date [...]

How to make papyrus – Ancient Egypt project

By |2018-04-18T23:47:04+00:00June 11th, 2017|Crafts, Egypt|

Papyrus project - Or you can buy real handmade Egyptian papyrus from Amazon - just click! It's actually pretty easy to make papyrus. You need a lot of river reeds (papyrus would, of course, be ideal, but you can get the idea with other wide grasses, since papyrus doesn't grow everywhere). You weave [...]