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Post-Mauryan art in India – 100 BC to 300 AD

By |2017-09-14T17:16:08-07:00September 13th, 2017|Art, India|

Relief from Saidu Sharif I, in the Swat Valley. 50 BC - 50 AD. Now in the Swat Museum, Pakistan. The Mauryan Empire collapsed about 150 BC, but India remained a rich place thanks to Silk Road trade. Indian artists kept right on carving new sculptures. Sometime around 50 BC - 50 AD, [...]

Pliny the Younger and his Letters – Roman history

By |2017-09-04T08:27:09-07:00September 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 [...]

The five good emperors – Rome’s golden age

By |2018-04-25T10:04:09-07:00September 3rd, 2017|History, Romans|

The Roman emperor Domitian, assassinated in 96 AD When Domitian was assassinated in 96 AD, people were very much afraid that it would be like after the assassination of Julius Caesar, or after Nero's suicide, and there would be another civil war. Quickly the Senate met and chose one of the senators to be emperor. The Roman emperor [...]

Trajan’s Markets – Roman architecture

By |2018-04-24T23:46:55-07:00August 31st, 2017|Architecture, Romans|

The view from Trajan's Markets After the Forum of Julius Caesar and the Forum of Augustus, later emperors also built more extensions on to the Roman Forum, to make more room for businesses. The emperor Trajan built a new forum about 100 AD. The front of Trajan's Markets, facing his forum and Trajan's Column In the forum, between [...]

Trajan’s Column – Roman art – Dacian Wars

By |2018-04-24T23:44:55-07:00August 28th, 2017|Art, Romans|

Trajan's Column in the Forum of Trajan, in Rome Trajan's column was built just after 100 AD to remind people in Rome about the Roman emperor Trajan's victories in a war in Dacia (DAY-see-ah) (modern Rumania). It stands in Trajan's Forum in Rome, just below Trajan's Markets, and near the old Roman Forum. Scene from Trajan's Column: Roman soldiers [...]

Pliny, Trajan, and the Christians

By |2018-04-24T23:10:19-07:00August 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 [...]

St. Paul – Early Christianity – Religion

By |2018-10-29T09:43:28-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, Romans|

Oldest known portrait of Paul (catacomb of Thecla, Rome, 300s AD) Paul starts out as Saul Saul was a Jewish man who converted to Christianity near the very beginning of the new religion. After he converted, he took the Christian name Paul. Judaism in the time of Jesus More about Christianity Roman Empire articles Paul preaches [...]

History of Gold

By |2018-04-10T00:17:19-07:00May 19th, 2017|Economy, Science|

History of gold: Gold bust of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamon (ca. 1300 BC) People have been using gold to make jewelry since the Stone Age. You can find it just lying in little lumps in streams here and there. And gold is always pretty and yellow, even when it is just lying in [...]