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Who was Archilochus? A Greek poet

By |2019-02-01T06:03:38-07:00July 9th, 2017|Greeks, Literature, War|

Archilochus: a bronze statuette of a Spartan man in armor, from about 500 BC When did Archilochus live? Archilochus was a poet who wrote in the 600s BC. He was from Ionia, the Greek colonies along the coast of modern Turkey. The Ionians were more or less under the power of the Lydians, [...]

Making Roman weapons – Ancient Rome project

By |2017-06-11T16:50:21-07:00June 11th, 2017|Crafts, Romans, War|

Roman helmet, from the kids at Laurelhurst School, Portland, Oregon Although the Romans did many other things besides fight battles, certainly one of their greatest achievements was the world's first really professional, paid army. Roman soldiers conquered most of Europe and all around the edges of the Mediterranean Sea, and held onto it [...]

Make a hoplite shield – Ancient Greece project

By |2018-04-18T23:33:16-07:00June 11th, 2017|Crafts, Greeks, War|

Spartan Shield, made by 6th graders at Laurelhurst School, Portland Greek hoplite soldiers carried shields like this one. The cut out areas made the shield lighter to carry. To make a shield like this one, cut the shape out of a large piece of cardboard and paint it. Then after the paint dries, glue [...]