Category Archives: Ancient Rome

One Crazy Reason Why The Renaissance Happened

The Renaissance happened for a lot of reasons, but one factor that helps explain the intense curiosity of the era often gets overlooked. Imagine on your daily drive to school you passed giant, ancient structures so technologically advanced that no one alive today could replicate them. In my mind I picture tall towers reaching impossibly high into the sky,…

Aurelian the Great?

Everyone knows the great emperors of Rome: Augustus, the five “Good emperors,” Diocletian and Constantine. That’s about it right? The rest fall into two categories: Fascinatingly Crazy or Mindnumbingly Boring. For a few years I did an Emperor Project as part of the study of Rome, and let students choose from the “Great” or “Crazy”…

Teachers Decide: Ancient Greece or Ancient Rome?

No Western history education is complete without covering ancient Greece and Rome. Their radical ideas about individual liberty and representative government have traveled across millenia to become the key touchstone of what it means to be an American today. And their legacy is even greater than that, stretching across every discipline, spicing our language, and starring in our pop…