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Roman bedrooms – ancient Rome

By |2018-04-24T23:32:01+00:00August 27th, 2017|Architecture, Romans|

Etruscan bed-frame (in the Vatican Museum, Rome) This is an Etruscan bed-frame. Roman bed-frames were pretty much the same. It would have had a mattress on top of it, stuffed with feathers or straw, and wool blankets. This frame is made of bronze, so it has lasted and we can see it. But most Etruscan and Roman beds would have been [...]

Medieval School – Europe

By |2018-04-11T09:19:36+00:00August 4th, 2017|Medieval, People|

Clerks in the Manessa Codex (1300 AD) In medieval Europe, even fewer kids went to school than in the Roman Empire. People were poorer, and kids had to work in the fields weeding and harvesting and taking care of pigs and chickens. Most people never learned to read or write. Richer people often home-schooled their children, especially girls and children [...]

History of wheat farming – West Asia

By |2018-05-07T16:17:58+00:00June 23rd, 2017|Food, West Asia|

Wheat history: a field of wheat Did early humans eat wheat? Ever since people left Africa for West Asia, about 70,000 BC, they have probably always eaten wheat, which tastes good and is also a good source of carbohydrates and not a bad source of protein. Wheat is native to West Asia, so people [...]

The history of oats: Where do oats come from?

By |2018-06-28T13:29:27+00:00June 22nd, 2017|Food, West Asia|

History of oats: Oats growing in a field What is the history of oats? Like wheat and barley and millet, oats grow wild all around West Asia. Probably early gatherers picked oats and ate them. But when people first started farming wheat and barley, about 12,000 BC, they didn't like oats as much. [...]

What is barley? History of food

By |2018-04-19T10:29:28+00:00June 20th, 2017|Food, West Asia|

Barley ready to be harvested Barley's a kind of grass, like wheat, that is a good source of carbohydrates for people. Barley is different from wheat mainly in that it will grow with less rain, so you can grow it more different places. Also, barley doesn't taste as good as wheat. So poor [...]

Cinderella Story from Ancient Egypt

By |2017-06-17T18:27:09+00:00June 17th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Literature|

Straw flip-flops from ancient Egypt Rhodopis was a girl from ancient Greece, who as a child was sold into slavery in Egypt. In Egypt, the other slaves made fun of Rhodopis because she looked different, with her blue eyes and white skin. Rhodopis (row-DOPP-iss) was very unhappy with no friends and everyone making [...]

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 [...]

Farming in Ancient Egypt

By |2018-04-19T13:24:01+00:00June 13th, 2017|Africa, Economy, Egypt, Food|

Egyptian farming: Ancient Egyptian cattle plowing (Louvre Museum, Paris) The Egyptians started farming a little later than their neighbors in West Asia and about the same time as other people around the world, probably around 10,000 BC, but definitely by 5200 BC. At first people farmed by just digging a hole in the ground for [...]

Shoes in Ancient Egypt – Straw flip-flops

By |2018-12-12T11:51:52+00:00June 13th, 2017|Africa, Clothing, Egypt|

Ancient Egyptian shoes: Straw flip-flops from ancient Egypt Many Egyptians went barefoot Many people in ancient Egypt went barefoot their whole lives. It was warm in Egypt even in the winter, and people thought shoes were an unnecessary expense. The weather in Egypt All our ancient Egypt articles Kids, especially, didn't usually have [...]

Clothing in Ancient Egypt: weaves and flip-flops

By |2018-09-27T07:37:21+00:00June 13th, 2017|Africa, Clothing, Egypt|

Ancient Egyptian clothing: Rahotep and Nefret Ancient Egyptian tunics Unlike most of the people of the ancient Mediterranean, people in ancient Egypt did not wear just one or two big pieces of cloth wrapped around themselves in various ways. Instead, both men and women in Egypt wore tunics which were sewn to fit [...]