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Thursday, June 9, 2011



Julius Caesar (July100 BC-15 March 44 BC) was Rome's MVP.  He was the Roman general and statesmen and was crucial to Rome's transformation from the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire.  Without him..Rome's history would be altered entirely.  He lead extensive reforms of the Roman society.  His bold actions led to a civil war, in which he emerged as an unrivaled leader. 
After he assumed control of the Roman government, he began immediate reforms.  He centralized the bureaucracy of th Republic.  He was Rome's dictator.  He was killed by Marcus Junius Brutus on the Ides of March (March 15th).  Much of Caesar's life is associated with his great military campaigns as a leader.  later, Octavius began Rome's leader, thus proving that Rome's success and transgression would not be the same had it not been for Julius Caesar.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Famous Romans.
Julius Caesar.

I believe it it crucial to learn about Ancient Roman art.  Art can tell stories, feelings, moods, mindsets, ideas, inspiration, and more about a time period.  The type of tools and methods of art are also crucial to our understanding about resources available during that time.  To feel how the Romans felt, we must be able to see in our minds and think in our minds the same things that the Romans did.  Because there weren't things such as cameras back then, to capture the true essence of the time, we must rely on art.  Also, art leads us into our next important topic- important people.  In order to understand what these famous people looked like and accomplished, we need art.  Piggybacking off of the necessity for art, the last two links cover famous Romans, especially Julius Caesar.  Without famous people, Rome would be nowhere.  Without great leaders and in contrast, horrid leaders, Rome wouldn't be the same today.  The people that left footprints in Roman history deserved to be acredited for those actions and to have thier stories told.  The impact they had on Rome was very important.  All three of my links I found to be very useful and think the class would benefit from.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


1. Officials who appointed candidates to the Senate were censors.
2. Forums were the center of all Government business.
3. A republic is a government where voters elect officials to run the state.
4. Praetors were officials who oversaw the Roman legal system.
5. Plebeians made up most of the society (farmers, etc.).

1. Rome defeated Macedonia in 197 BC.
2. During the 3rd Punic War, the Romans destroyed the city of Carthage.
3. Rome and Carthage fought 3 Punic Wars between 264 BC and 146 BC.
4. The conflicts among Rome and Carthage were referred to as the Punic Wars.
5. Carthage was a powerful city located along the African coast.

1. Lucius Cornelius Sulla was a Roman dictator, who reigned after he started/won a civil war.
2. Julius Ceasar led his troops across the Rubicon and declared war on the Republic.
3. The Gracchis were brothers who attempted to save the Roman Republic through reforms.
4. Pax Romania was a period of peace that lasted for over 200 years.
5. Marc Anthony helped Octavian gain control of the West, and then was betrayed by him.


1. The spread of Christianity changed the culture of the Roman Empire.
2. Pontius Pilate (Roman Governor) tried Jesus for being an enemy of the state.
3. The Council of Nicaea proclaimed the existance of the Trinity.
4. In AD 312, the Roman emperor Constantine proclaimed his support of Christianity.
5. In the late Roman Empire, Christianity became a major religion.


Monday, March 28, 2011


1. Democracy.
2. Olympics.
3. Anatomy.
4. Military.
5. Architecture.

Politics were a large part of Ancient Greece and the modern democracy here in the USA has a lot of the same foundations.  Our legal system is based off of European influences since that is where our first settlers derived from.  The famous Olympics originated in Athens, Greece.  To this day, countries all over the world still competitively compete in the Olympics, every 2 years (summer, winter, summer winter).  Sports and fitness are still a heavy influence on today's society.  Military tactics from back in Ancient Greece, like Alexander the Great, are still used today in war, battle, and strategy.  The beautiful architecture seen in Greece that was developed hundreds of years ago is still copied and appreciated by today's society.  We often develop new ideas based on Greek architectural foundations.  Anatomy was also a large part of Ancient Greek society, as it is today.  Science was very important back then and the body was a peculiar thing to them; to this day, we still are constantly discovering new things about the human body.


This would serve beautifully as the cover for our Greek Unit, because it is one of the most recognizable Greek statues.  It shows the modern man and how real, detailed, and natural they were.  It shows their dress and muscular, fit attributes.  The determined look on his nicely sculpted face symbolizes the Greek power and goals to constantly progress and strive for greatness.  Their appreciation for strength and athleticism heavily influenced one of today's biggest worldwide events- The Olympics.  On top of the strength that this statue conveys, the art skill involved here is perfection.  The miniscule details that the artists in Greek would incorporate were amazing.  Their craftsmanship shines in this sketch.  When one sees this statue, they can immediately make the connection to the Greeks, especially because of the hair and toga.