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Ancient Rome: City of Firsts — Infographic

Ancient Rome: Supercity of Firsts

The city of Ancient Rome has always been the city that others aspire to become.  It is always amazing to me how a city thousands of years old was able to actually be so modern in many aspects.  Today’s inforgraphic highlights some of the many mainstays in city living that we take for granted today that had their origins in Ancient Rome, such as apartment living, shopping malls, daily mail delivery, running water, and even trash collection.  [VIA]

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Posted by on October 28, 2015 in Infographics

 

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History of Pyramids – Infographic

History of Pyramids

Most often we associate the pyramids with the plains of Giza in Egypt.  After all, the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) is the only surviving ancient wonder of the world.  However, Egypt doesn’t even hold the4 record for the most number of pyramids within its borders, and pyramids have been found on four different continents and are the product of a variety of cultures.  Today’s infographic takes a little journey through the histories of these pyramids, where and why they were built, and what purposed they may have served. [VIA]

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Posted by on June 12, 2013 in Infographics

 

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Art of the Day – 5/23/13 (The Slave Market, Gustave Boulanger, c.1882)

Daily Artwork — “The Slave Market, c. 1882”

Use the images posted in this feature for writing prompts, warm-up activities, drawing templates or as part of an artwork critique.

[This work] depicts a Ancient Roman slave auction. It shows the marketing of seven young people, ranging in age from children to young adults, as slaves. Both male slaves, as well as three of the female slaves, bear a similarity in appearance perhaps suggesting that they are members of a family forced into slavery by economic conditions. All are wearing tags to indicate their availability as slaves. The taller, standing, young woman is wearing a translucent garment which clearly shows her breasts and pubic hair–she is trying to shield her eyes, perhaps because her potential buyers include former friends and neighbors, who are probably seeing her nude for the first time. The auctioneer eats his lunch with a very casual attitude. (From Wikipaintings)

c. 1882 — The Slave Market. Oil on canvas. Orientalism style. Gustave Boulanger (1824-1888). Private Collection.

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Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Daily Art

 

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Tutankhamun: Anatomy of an Excavation

Tutankhamun: Anatomy of an Excavation

The Griffith Institute at Oxford University has put together the definitive database of artifacts recovered from the tomb of Tutankhamun in Egypt in an exhibit called Anatomy of an Excavation.  From its discovery in 1922, the tomb of “King Tut” has fascinated the world because of the unprecedented completeness of the tomb, the fact that it lay undisturbed by tomb robbers and archaeologists alike for over 3000 years, and that because of both of these gives us the most complete picture of Ancient Egyptian funeral rites and practices.

Browse the Anatomy of an Excavation‘s database through either the catalog cards or through the original photographs of the artifacts, both in situ and after their removal from the tomb.  This photography and cataloging was also unprecedented in a time when archaeology was more of a treasure hunt than a scientific endeavor.  Also available are the scanned journals and diaries of Howard Carter, the head of the excavation and the discoverer of the tomb.

Anatomy of an Excavation is a treasure trove (pun intended) of information for studying archaeology, Ancient Egypt, or funerary practices around the world.

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Websites

 

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Famous Monuments – Infographic

The Stories Behind Famous Monuments

They are instantly recognizable and millions go to see them every year (with one exception) but do we really know the stories behind these modern (and ancient) wonders of the world?  Today’s infographic helps to share a little of each monument’s story.

The Stories Behind Famous Monuments

 

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2013 in Infographics

 

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Video of the Day – 4/6/13 (Mesopotamia)

Daily Video — “Mesopotamia

Today’s video from the series Crash Course: World History explored the foundation of the Mesopotamian culture.  As one of the first civilizations to create cities, the Mesopotamians are also credited with giving us writing, taxes, and a codex of laws that still are followed in many modern cultures.

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Posted by on April 8, 2013 in Daily Video

 

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