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4 09, 2017

Ancient Roman people – who lived in the Roman Empire?

By |2018-04-25T10:24:36-07:00September 4th, 2017|People, Romans|0 Comments

A barmaid brings a drink to two men sitting on chairs. The words show the men arguing about whose drink it is. (Caupona of Salvius, Pompeii, 79 AD) The Roman Empire was so big that there were a lot of different people with different cultures living in it. So you can't really say there was one [...]

1 09, 2017

Roman chariot-racing – Circus games in Ancient Rome

By |2019-09-13T06:58:16-07:00September 1st, 2017|Romans|11 Comments

Roman circus games: Roman chariot-racing mosaic from Vienne, France Chariot-racing and gambling In addition to gladiatorial games, people in ancient Rome also really loved chariot-racing.  Both men and women went to the races all the time. They bet on which horses would win. Chariot races were actually even more popular than the gladiatorial games. More about [...]

16 08, 2017

Races and racism – Skin color and history

By |2018-04-24T11:41:04-07:00August 16th, 2017|People, Science|0 Comments

An Egyptian portrait of two brothers (Roman period, about 150 AD) Biologically, there is no such thing as race. Sure, people come in a lot of different skin and hair colors. But there is no sharp division between them, only a gradual blending. And the color of your skin and your hair doesn't [...]

20 07, 2017

Indian games: ancient India

By |2019-09-17T11:36:24-07:00July 20th, 2017|India|2 Comments

Indian games: A die found in excavations at a Harappan period site. Note that the six is not opposite the one. The first games in India People brought the idea of throwing the knucklebones of sheep or pigs to tell the future, or to play a game of skill like jacks, when they first came from Africa to India about 40,000 BC. [...]

16 07, 2017

Pelops’ chariot race – Greek mythology

By |2018-04-23T08:13:20-07:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|0 Comments

Poseidon in love with Pelops (Athens, 400s BC) Pelops was the son of Tantalus, and so he was Zeus' grandson. When Pelops was still young, Tantalus murdered Pelops and served him to the gods as a stew. Luckily for Pelops, the gods figured this out before they ate him, except for Demeter ate a piece of Pelops' shoulder. After [...]

14 07, 2017

Atalanta and the golden apples – Greek myth

By |2019-01-14T17:59:37-07:00July 14th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|3 Comments

Atalanta (see her name misspelled on the vase?) Who was Atalanta? Atalanta was a woman who was very good at all kinds of sports (in the story; this is a story). She was a fast runner and a sharp-shooter and a strong wrestler and a great huntress. More about hunting Bows and arrows More Greek myths All our [...]

11 06, 2017

Bicycle races – Central Asia projects

By |2019-02-13T20:46:41-07:00June 11th, 2017|Central Asia, Games, West Asia|0 Comments

Kids having a bike race - A bicycle race can stand in for a horse race on Central Asia day Horse race or bicycle race? In ancient Central Asia, people loved to ride horses and often raced their horses for fun. You probably don't have horses you can race (though that would be a [...]