Ancient Roman Culture

Ancient Roman culture was a very interesting time to learn about. The Roman people seemed to enjoy parties, bathhouses, food, and really anything that made there lives better.

The family was an important part of their life. The father had all of the authority and could even sell or kill his own family members. Children started school at the age of seven and finished at the age of eleven. Unless, you belonged to a rich family and then you could have the chance to continue your education. Roman culture allowed women to go out of the home and interact with others.

Roman farms were often owned by the rich people and their slaves were put to work on them. Some things that were raised on the farms were chickens, cows, pigs, bees, and olive trees. The food the Romans ate often was from street vendors because they did not have a kitchen to cook the food from the farms. Rich people would eat foods like meats, vegetables, and herbs. While the poor people would eat things like porridge, bread, and stew.

Clothing in Rome was often based on the style of the emperor and his wife. Most commonly the men wore knee-length tunics, loincloth, and togas. The women would wear tunics, an ankle length robe called a stola, and a rectangular piece of fabric called a palla similar to a scarf. The women wore their hair in a simple bun but started doing it in more elaborate ways over time.

Science in Rome was often information taken from other cultures. The Romans only used it to improve their lives and did not find it important. They did find medicine to be important to prolong life. They made advances in bone-setting and amputation because it was easy to see but internal surgery was not one of their strong points.

Overall, the Romans used their time to make there lives better. They did not study unnecessary things because it was a waste of time. While the Egyptians devoted their time on earth to the afterlife the Romans searched for every way to enjoy what the had.

Roman Homes

Where you lived in Rome was greatly affected by the amount of money you had. Poor people and rich people had huge lifestyle differences and it was mostly affected by their homes.

A poor person in Rome lived in an apartment. This was a very poor living condition. These people dealt with darkness, dirt, and crowded rooms in their everyday life. The apartments were often made of wood so kitchens were never built for fear of fire. There were never bathrooms so the people had to use public bathrooms that had no privacy and were not free. The poorest people had no choice but to use buckets.

A rich person had many benefits compared to the poor people of Rome. These people often lived in town homes although country villas were often popular. The town homes had a sort of courtyard in the middle of the home and all of the rooms branched off of it. The homes were often plainly furnished and some had enough rooms to rent them out. If you owned a country villa it would often be used as a retreat home to get out of the city. These home had much more decoration than the town homes.

Obviously, the rich people of Rome has the preferably lifestyle. It was a very difficult life for the poor people. The lives of both people were ultimately affected by their homes.

6th Grade Literature Class Review

I really enjoyed my 6th grade literature class with Mr. Fish. Even when I did not enjoy the assignments, the classes taught me to preserver in things I did not want to do. Overall, I did have fun with the books and lessons.

I have three reasons why I liked the class that I would like to share. My first is that the books all had the same theme as my history course. It was very fun to read some of the stories that went along with the cultures I was learning about.

I also really liked the writing assignments. They where a lot of fun to do and often require my creativity. This was often challenging but one of the things that the course helped me improve upon.

Finally, I appreciate the summaries of the different author’s lives. It was very interesting to learn about their life and how it may have affected their writing styles.

I look forward to another year of literature. The 6th grade literature was definitely one of my favorite classes this year and I cannot wait to start the next course!

My Own “Just So Story”

How The Giraffe Got His Long Neck

A long time ago Giraffes had short stumpy necks. They used to watch other animals fly to reach their food or maybe climb for it. Many Giraffes tried to do these things but failed miserably. Until one brave giraffe named George decided to do something about it.

George was always looked down upon. Nobody thought he could do anything. So young George knew this was the perfect way to fix this. But how was he going to do it? George had often heard of a place far away where mistreated animals could gain the one thing they had always whished for. Not knowing where to go he started out to find someone who could tell him.

The first animal he met was a bear. “Mr. Bear, could you kindly tell me the way I should go to find the place where mistreated animals are gifted?” said George to the bear. The bear only told him that he was a worthless creature and should leave.

Next he met and eagle in the trees. “Mr. Eagle, could you kindly tell me the way I should go to find the place where mistreated animals are gifted?” said George to the eagle. Because the eagle was so far up he couldn’t hear so he yelled down for George to scram.

Feeling terrible for himself George sat down on a log. He started to cry softly when he heard a small voice. It was a mouse in a tiny hole. George leaned down to hear and said “Mr. Mouse, could you kindly tell me the way I should go to find the place where mistreated animals are gifted?”. The mouse whispered quietly his answer but George still couldn’t hear. George was so desperate he continued to lean into the hole till he could hear quite clearly. The wise mouse told him he had come to the place he was searching for and was about to get exactly what he wished.

George thought this was crazy and figured the mouse thought he was dumb and lied. But, as soon as he went to pull his head out of the hole he found he was stuck. George pulled with all his might until his whole neck had been pulled to three times its size. The mouse whispered in his ear “now do you believe me?” and gave a slight push on his nose and George was free.

He was so excited he ran home as fast as he could. His family and friends asked him to show them how he did it. He simple refused and told them they should have treated him kindly he first time. And to this day Giraffes have inherited George’s long neck.

Pompeii

Pompeii was a Roman city near modern-day Naples in Italy. Both Pompeii and the nearby city of Herculaneum suffered a massive tragedy. Both cities were completely destroyed by the eruption of mount Vesuvius and were covered in thirteen feet of ash.

Pompeii was a sort of vacation home for the rich people. It was filled with a very immoral culture. The eruption was very likely God’s judgment on these people. The city housed about twenty thousand people and about two thousand of these were killed by the eruption.

The eruption caused a heat of about four hundred and eighty two degrees that killed anything within six miles. An ash covered the sky for three days after the eruption. After it cleared it left the tallest building completely buried in thirteen feet of ashes. A man named Pliny the younger saw the whole thing from the waters and wrote about it.

The city was forgotten after the eruption. Nobody would return to the place after what had happened. In 1863 Giuseppe Fiorelli excavated the site. He managed to well preserve many artifacts including body shapes using plaster. Later he learned resin was more efficient.

Pompeii in a way was like the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Bible. The immoral state of the whole city ended with complete destruction by fire.

The Story of the Treasure Seekers Book Review

The Story of the Treasure Seekers was written by Edith Nesbit. The book is being told by one of the characters who later tells the reader who he or she is. The book captures the attention of the reader quickly and keeps you reading the whole way through.

I really enjoyed the plot to the story. The book was full of different stories about the children and they were all connected by their plans to restore the fortunes of their home. Each story was separate from the other but had one person or thing that tied it to the plot of the story.

Another enjoyable thing about the book was how easy and fun it was to read. Because the book is being told by one of the children the stories felt very real and never dull. Reading the story you saw their life through a child’s eyes. Several times the children would make silly mistakes or confusions that brought a lot of humor to the story.

The book was very easy to read and I would highly recommend it to young children. Adults would enjoy it as well because of the childish humor but the more appropriate audience would be young children. It is usually hard to capture young children’s attention but because the book was told by a child it could be relatable to them. The book would be great to read as a whole family.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Edith Nesbit is a great children’s fiction writer. I would definitely recommend it to others who enjoy an entertaining fiction.

Lesson 111 Summary

In the Bible there was a very important group of men called the Disciples. Disciple means “learner” and they were probably given this name because Jesus had called them to follow him and during this time they learned many things from him. There were twelve men in the group and their names were Simon Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, Simon, Judas Iscariot, James, and Judas. There were also men called Apostles which means “one who is sent out”. They were given this name because after Jesus left they were to continue the work of spreading the gospel of Christ.

Looking at a few of the Apostles we see that Simon Peter was known for the time during Pentecost when he was preaching to the people with many languages and they could all understand what he was saying. This symbolized the unity of the different peoples because at the time the Jews believed they were the only chosen. Peter wrote two books of the Bible before his death sometime around 64-67 AD.

James and John were brothers. They were known as “the sons of thunder” because of their fiery tempers. James was martyred and John died of old age sometime after 98 AD.

Philip spread the Word of God to Ethiopia by teaching an Ethiopian Eunuch. After he taught this man, he sent him back to Ethiopia to preach God’s Word in his country.

Paul (whose name had been changed from Saul) started out as an man who persecuted Christians. God changed his heart and he wrote many books of the Bible and spread God’s Word greatly. Paul was a prisoner in Rome and was probably martyred by Nero.

Even though all of the persecution hurt God’s church he used these men to spread the Word. People found it much more preferable to the Roman religion and it flourished. God used these men to show his grace and spread his Word and this still applies today when we read about them.