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26 08, 2017

Nero’s Golden House – Domus Aurea – Rome

By |2019-07-09T23:32:50-07:00August 26th, 2017|Architecture, Romans|0 Comments

The inside of Nero's Golden House: it's very dark! Why was Nero building a new palace? After the Great Fire of Rome in 64 AD, the Roman Emperor Nero took advantage of the space where many buildings had burned down to build himself a new palace right in the middle of downtown Rome. He called his new [...]

12 07, 2017

Xenia – guests and hosts in ancient Greece

By |2018-04-23T10:13:16-07:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, People|0 Comments

Kidnapping Helen of Troy (from Pompeii) In ancient Greece, xenia meant "the way you treat strangers or foreigners". It comes from a very old Proto-Indo-European (Yamnaya) word that means "stranger" but also "guest" and "host" and "foreigner" and sometimes "enemy". Do those words all seem very different to you? That's the point they're [...]

10 07, 2017

Odyssey – Homer – Summary

By |2018-04-23T08:56:36-07:00July 10th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|0 Comments

Odysseus and his men put out the eye of the Cyclops, Polyphemos (ca. 660 BC) Homer wrote the Odyssey The Greek poet Homer wrote down the Odyssey around 700 BC, although the story itself is probably much older. It is the story of King Odysseus' return from the Trojan War to his kingdom [...]