Category Archives: Helping Make History More Interesting

Lost in Translation: The Importance of Cultural Context

I have made the point before that cultural context matters when trying to ascribe meaning to something someone from a distant time period or foreign culture has to say. Cultural context refers to what something means in the particular culture … Continue reading

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Athenaze: An Introduction to Ancient Greek

You may have noticed that some of my more recent posts have to do with Ancient Greece and the classical world. I have become more interested in that time period again, only instead of the Romans like last year, currently … Continue reading

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Yes, Kids Can Handle Darker Themes in Movies…

Two movies I personally find to be a goldmine of deep themes and intellectual richness for children are The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Disney, and The Prince of Egypt by Dreamworks. The Hunchback of Notre Dame The Hunchback of … Continue reading

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You’re Not Alone…

Human nature makes us wonder about if others are like us. I think that’s what ultimately drives the search for alien life out there. Aside from the very intriguing scientific possibility of different kinds of life from our own on … Continue reading

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Happy International Septuagint Day!

The Septuagint is a Greek Translation of the Hebrew Books in the Bible! As there is a Greek New Testament, the Septuagint is essentially the Greek Old Testament with a few additional books not found in the Christian Bible! The … Continue reading

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The Drunkard’s Children (1848): Sequel to “The Bottle”

The sequel to Cruikshank’s work, “The Bottle”, detailing a family’s demise from alchohol addiction, shows the fate of the brother and sister after their mother was murdered, and father committed to an insane asylum. Now, they are all on their … Continue reading

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George Cruikshank: The “Modern Hogarth” The Bottle (1847)

William Hogarth, the amazing artist I wrote about in a previous post, inspired other artists after his time as well! One such artist was George Cruikshank (1792-1878), another British artist that did many works of social satire, and like Hogarth, … Continue reading

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