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Pliny the Younger and his Letters – Roman history

By |2017-09-04T08:27:09+00:00September 4th, 2017|History, Literature, Romans|

Forum of Pompeii Pliny the Younger was the nephew of Pliny the Elder. He was a teenager visiting his uncle near Pompeii when his uncle died in the eruption. Pliny the Younger, however, did not die. He left us the only eye-witness account of what the eruption was like. But Pliny also went on to become a [...]

Latin Literature – the writers of ancient Rome

By |2018-04-25T10:12:51+00:00September 3rd, 2017|Literature, Romans|

A Roman papyrus scroll from a library of Epicurean philosophy (Herculaneum, Italy) The Roman Empire lasted for more than a thousand years, so there was plenty of time to produce a lot of writing. Latin, an Indo-European language, was written in an alphabet derived from the Greek alphabet, with some letters changed: the Latin or Roman alphabet is [...]

Pliny the Elder – Roman literature and Pompeii

By |2018-04-25T10:21:05+00:00September 3rd, 2017|History, Literature, Romans|

Mt. Vesuvius Pliny the Elder was a very rich man from one of the most important families in the Roman Empire. He lived during the end of the Julio-Claudians and into the Flavian period, and he died in 79 AD. Unlike other people in his family, Pliny was not very interested in politics. He became an admiral [...]

Pliny, Trajan, and the Christians

By |2018-04-24T23:10:19+00:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, Romans|

The Roman emperor Trajan (A.D. 98-117) in the Vatican. By the time that Trajan was the Roman Emperor, around 100 AD, Christianity was definitely illegal. We have some letters written by Pliny, the governor of Bithynia (in Turkey) to the Emperor Trajan, asking for advice about some Christians Pliny had found in Bithynia. Pliny understood that if the Christians confessed they [...]

Historical Jesus outside the Bible – History of Christianity

By |2018-01-16T08:30:49+00:00August 22nd, 2017|Religion, Romans|

Historical Jesus: One of the earliest drawings of Jesus - here he is healing a man who was paralyzed. Now he gets up and carries his own bed. (Dura Europos, Syria, ca. 232 AD) Historical sources Nobody knows whether anybody wrote anything about Jesus during his lifetime. If they did, we don't have it anymore. [...]

Old World Cotton History – India, Africa, Asia, Europe

By |2018-04-18T19:35:05+00:00June 8th, 2017|Clothing, India|

India cotton bolls hanging from the plants India cotton farming About 2500 BC, a thousand years after people started to grow cotton in Peru, the Harappan people in India also started to grow cotton. We know because people wrote about cotton in the Rig Veda, and that was written about 600 BC in [...]