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Roman schools – education in ancient Rome

By |2019-02-13T06:33:52-07:00September 4th, 2017|People, Romans|

Roman education outside of school: A Roman teacher home-schooling, about 200 AD Poor kids had to work Roman schools were for rich boys; most Roman kids did not go to school. Like their parents, they worked in the fields hoeing and weeding and plowing as soon as they were old enough. More about Roman farming History of schools [...]

Daedalus and Icarus – Greek mythology

By |2019-04-30T14:52:38-07:00July 15th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Daedalus and Icarus: Icarus falling (on a wall painting from Pompeii,about 79 AD) Daedalus the inventor Once upon a time on the island of Crete, maybe about 1325 BC, there was a king whose name was Minos (in the story; this is only a story). He had living in his palace at Knossos a great architect and [...]

From honey to sugar – History of Honey

By |2019-01-28T07:14:26-07:00June 22nd, 2017|Food|

Beehives in Europe, about 1400 AD Honey in antiquity All through antiquity, honey kept on being very important as a sweetener, a preservative, and a medicine throughout Africa, Europe, and Asia. Wax was used for candles and to seal things. Early history of honey All about beeswax Lost wax casting Sugar invented in [...]

Honey spreads around the world – Bee keeping

By |2019-02-11T21:07:01-07:00June 22nd, 2017|Food|

Bee-keeping reaches West Asia: a wax writing tablet from Uluburun shipwreck off the coast of modern Turkey (1300 BC) Bee-keeping reaches the Eastern Mediterranean By 2400 BC, people were keeping bees in hives in Egypt, but nobody was keeping bees anywhere else in the world. Early history of honey Why do bees make [...]

Make a wax tablet – Ancient Greece project

By |2018-05-31T00:18:59-07:00June 11th, 2017|Crafts, Romans|

A wax tablet from ancient Rome What were wax tablets used for? People in ancient Greece, in the Roman Empire, and in medieval Europe often used wax tablets to write on, if the writing was temporary and not very important. (Papyrus was too expensive for everyday, and paper hadn't been invented yet.) (More [...]

Batik – African craft project

By |2018-04-18T23:02:57-07:00June 8th, 2017|Africa, Crafts|

Batik project: an example of batik cloth Make your own batik cloth You'll need plain white cotton cloth, either just pieces of cloth or white T-shirts (but make sure they are 100 percent cotton!), and dye - the most commonly used kind is RIT dye. And you'll need wax and paintbrushes and an [...]

What is lost wax casting? History of Art

By |2018-04-14T12:41:56-07:00May 25th, 2017|Art, What|

A Samnite man cutting the bronze pins off a newly poured lost wax statue. This is the only ancient image of lost wax casting; it's from Pompeii, about 400 BC. Just a little while after bronze was invented, around 2500 BC, the Sumerians began to make bronze jars and bronze cups using lost-wax [...]