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  • Jan 30 / 2015
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Ancient Greek

Eleusis and the Annual Mysteries

The Greater Propylaea at the Sanctuary of Eleusis

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

Read this great article by Mark Cartwright and learn all about the ancient Greek city Eleusis, and the most important festival, the annual Mysteries, famous throughout the Greek world! Continue Reading

  • Jan 27 / 2015
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Latin

Using X-Rays to Unlock Scrolls Preserved in the Eruption of Vesuvius

Gases and ash from Mount Vesuvius turned the Herculaneum scrolls into carbonized plant material

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

Would you like to read an original scroll from the library of a villa in Herculaneum? Do you want to read a manuscript of Virgil that was written in his lifetime? Now you can! Read this great article from the New York Times and find out how researchers can read ancient scrolls without even unrolling them! Continue Reading

  • Jan 23 / 2015
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Ancient Greek

Bones Belonging to Five People Found in Amphipolis Tomb!

Photo of the Amphipoli tomb

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

The Greek Ministry of Culture has announced the long-awaited results of analysis of the bones found inside the 4th century BC tomb uncovered in Amphipolis in northern Greece. The bones belong to not one, but five individuals, making it probable that it is a family tomb. Which family was it? Read this great article by April Holloway and find out! Continue Reading

  • Jan 20 / 2015
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Latin

25 Mind-Blowing Facts About The Pompeii Destruction

Photo of Vesuvius, Italy

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

Everybody has heard of Pompeii—the Roman city in Italy wonderfully preserved because of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, which covered it with ash in 79 C.E. But do you know how many people lost their lives under the ash or why the consequences of the disaster were so enormous and tragic? Check out this great video and learn more! Continue Reading

  • Jan 13 / 2015
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Latin

Fact and Fiction of the Roman Colosseum

Colosseum, Rome

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

Take a look at this great video from the Discovery Channel and find out which legends of the Colosseum are fact and which ones are fiction! Did gladiators fight for their life? Did they have naval battles? Find out here! Continue Reading

  • Jan 09 / 2015
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Latin

Pompeii? Not Quite, And Yet…

The archeological site of Andautonia

 

by Neda Helena Jeny, Ph.D.

Even in the United States, practically everybody has heard of Pompeii—the Roman city in Italy wonderfully preserved (along with the neighboring Herculaneum) because of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, which covered it with ash in 79 C.E. Tens of thousands of Americans visit Pompeii every year. I have never visited it, but of course, I have read books, seen photos and movies, and gone to various exhibitions that showed artifacts excavated there. I especially remember an exhibition in the National Gallery a few years ago. It was about how the wealthy people of Pompeii and Herculaneum lived—what their houses and gardens were like, their furniture, utensils, jewelry, frescoes and statuary, their leisure activities, etc. Impressive even by our standards. (And, I will add, Roman notions of the high life were not all that different from ours.) Continue Reading

  • Jan 06 / 2015
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Latin

The Roman Emperor

A statue of Augustus

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

In the ancient world there were many empires but the term emperor was never used until Rome. What is the origin of the title “emperor”? Why did Roman Emperors shun the title of “king”? Read this great article by Donald L. Wasson from the Ancient History Encyclopedia to find the answer! Continue Reading

  • Jan 02 / 2015
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Latin

Entertainment in Ancient Rome

Roman bone gaming dice, 1st-3rd century AD

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

What did people in Ancient Rome do in their spare time? How did they entertain themselves? Read this great article by Steven Fife from the Ancient History Encyclopedia and find out! Continue Reading