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Roman chariot-racing – Circus games in Ancient Rome

By |2019-01-14T05:26:25-07:00September 1st, 2017|Games, Romans|

Roman circus games: Roman chariot-racing mosaic from Vienne, France Chariot-racing and gambling In addition to gladiatorial games, people in ancient Rome also really loved chariot-racing.  Both men and women went to the races all the time. They bet on which horses would win. Chariot races were actually even more popular than the gladiatorial games. More about [...]

Roman gladiators – ancient Roman games – Ancient Rome

By |2018-04-25T16:17:37-07:00September 1st, 2017|Games, Romans|

Roman gladiators mosaic, from the Borghese estate near Rome (200s AD) Romans liked watching other people die. They thought that was fun, like maybe you think going to horror movies or watching Cops on TV is fun. They also believed that their gods liked gladiatorial fights, so that going to the fights was a sort [...]

Roman amphitheaters – ancient Rome

By |2019-01-25T05:14:50-07:00August 25th, 2017|Architecture, Romans|

The Colosseum - the Flavian Amphitheater - in Rome, Italy. Built in the 70s AD by the emperor Vespasian What were Roman amphitheaters for? Most people have heard of the Colosseum in Rome, but there were many other amphitheaters all over the Roman Empire. The first gladiatorial fights, in Etruscan times, were held anywhere that there was a flat [...]

Christianity in the 200s AD – History of religion

By |2019-04-01T21:09:41-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, Romans|

An early Christian house church at Dura Europos, in Syria (200s AD) Christian persecution pauses During the forty years between 261 AD and 303 AD, the Roman government did not officially persecute the Christians. Christians before 261 AD More about Roman religion All our Ancient Rome articles The emperors were busy with the worst [...]

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 [...]

Montanus and Montanism – an early Christian heresy

By |2018-04-24T23:07:40-07:00August 22nd, 2017|Religion, Romans|

Montanus and Montanism: This is the amphitheater in ancient Carthage where Romans killed Christians during the Decian persecution. Montanism was a Christian heresy. A man named Montanus started it; he lived in the Roman Empire about 170 AD. Montanus lived in Phrygia (modern Turkey). We know about him from the Christian historian Eusebius [...]

History of Christianity – World Religions

By |2018-04-09T23:07:26-07:00August 21st, 2017|Religion, Romans|

One of the earliest images of Jesus, from St. Callisto catacomb in Rome (ca. 250 AD) Around the time of the beginning of the Roman Empire, a new religion began among the Jews living in Israel: Christianity. People seem to have felt that these new governments - these big empires - needed bigger, more organized religions to stand up [...]

Stoics – Greek and Roman philosophy

By |2018-04-18T17:19:14-07:00August 16th, 2017|Greeks, Philosophy|

Cicero, a Roman philosopher The Stoics were a group of philosophers who first began teaching their ideas in the Hellenistic period. Stoicism was founded by a man named Zeno, who lived from 335-263 BC. He was friendly with the successors of Alexander who ruled Greece. Zeno lived in Athens, which was a great center of learning. He used to [...]

What is a midwife? History of childbirth

By |2018-11-01T07:47:47-07:00August 16th, 2017|Economy, Science|

A Roman carving of a midwife at a birth (Isola Della Sacra, Ostia, 1st century AD) Who delivered babies in the ancient world? A midwife is a woman who helps other women give birth to their babies. In ancient and medieval times, doctors didn't usually have anything to do with women having babies - that was the [...]

What is a dowry? History of marriage

By |2019-05-17T05:38:18-07:00August 16th, 2017|Economy|

Dowry: Peleus, future father of Achilles, greets the guests at his wedding; the bride Thetis waits inside the house (Sophilos; British Museum, ca. 580 BC) When did people start to exchange dowries? Beginning about as far back as there are any written records, about 3000 BC, people exchanged money as part of a marriage. The [...]