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Roman science – What did ancient Romans invent?

By | 2017-09-04T18:01:05+00:00 September 4th, 2017|Romans, Science|

Roman mold-blown glass (100s AD) What we call Roman science is a mixture of two different things. The first is the discoveries and inventions made by scientists working in parts of West Asia and Africa that the Romans had conquered. In these places, scientists had already been working for a long time. They [...]

Who was Euclid? History of Geometry

By | 2017-07-18T11:26:44+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Science|

An Egyptian papyrus from about 100 AD which is a piece of one of Euclid's books Nobody knows much about Euclid's life anymore - it is all forgotten. We only know that he worked at the University of Alexandria, in Egypt, for a while. There are no pictures of him. We can't even be sure [...]

Who was Eratosthenes? Astronomy and math

By | 2017-07-18T11:19:43+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Science|

A classroom at the University of Alexandria (al-Ahram 2004) Eratosthenes was born about 276 BC in Cyrene (modern Libya). When he was still young he moved to Alexandria, in Egypt, and in 236 BC, when he was forty years old, he became the chief librarian at the great library there. Eratosthenes spent the rest of his life in Alexandria, where [...]

Did ancient Egyptians go to college?

By | 2017-06-18T00:52:46+00:00 June 18th, 2017|Africa, Egypt|

Scribes writing (New Kingdom Egypt) Not very many kids in ancient Egypt went to school, and even fewer kids got to go to college when they grew up. In the time of the Pharaohs, there wasn't any university in Egypt (or anywhere else in the world). Advanced students worked with professional scribes, learning [...]

Ptolemies and Cleopatra – Greek Egypt

By | 2017-06-14T11:58:55+00:00 June 14th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Greeks, History, Science|

Ptolemy I Soter, on a coin (He's trying to look like Alexander) In 332 BC Alexander the Great and his Greek army conquered Egypt from the Persians who were ruling Egypt. At first the Egyptians thought he would make them independent again, but he did not. Alexander made Egypt part of his own empire. [...]