1. The Chinese Legend of Mulan

    New discovers in Mongolia suggest that the ancient story of Mulan is based on fact. She has been made famous by the two Disney movies by that name. The ancient tribe of the Xianbei (who inhabited parts of Mongolia, Inner Mongolia, and China) had female warriors. Most of these warriors appear to have been well trained in the martial arts, but never saw combat. https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-h…Read More

  2. The Night Sky for the Week of 4-26-20

    We are having summer like spring here in Lodi. The warm spring evening sky has the remnants of winter such as Taurus and Pleiades close to the twinkling planet Venus and a beautiful crescent moon. The brightest star in the sky Sirius still twinkles into the month of May. Later in the week the first-quarter moon is in the constellation of Leo. https://skyandtelescope.org/observing/this-weeks-sky-at…Read More

  3. The Roman Forum

    The government of ancient Rome is the basis for the government of the United States of America. The Roman government was centered at the Forum in Rome. The Forum was also a place of worship. As with most Roman architecture, it was grand. https://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-places-europe/roman-forum-0013592…Read More

  4. Classical Mythology- The God Mithra

    Mithra was an ancient sun god from Persia who was adopted by the Roman nobility. Some aspects of Mithra's worship were adopted by early Christians. Some examples of these beliefs include: Mithra's birthday was December 25th and his sacred day was Sunday. https://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends/cult-mithra-sacred-temples-and-vedic-legends-and-ancient-armenian-understanding-006423…Read More

  5. The Night Sky for the Week of 4-19-20

    Happy Spring! The remains of the winter sky such as the constellation of Taurus sparkle in the western evening sky. Close to it are the planet Venus and the Pleiades. Arcturus has largely replaced Sirius as the brightest star in the sky. The new moon is the 22nd of April. Warmer days and nights are finally here. https://skyandtelescope.org/observing/this-weeks-sky-at-a-glance-april-17-25-2/…Read More

  6. Classical Mythology: The Fall of Troy

    The legend of the fall of Troy is an example of history combined with myth. The city of Troy has been discovered, but as to the man Aeneas (who was supposed to have founded Rome) his existence has not been confirmed. Also, some versions of the Troy myth, link its destruction to the founding of Britain. Sometimes the subject of literature can be combined with history. https://www.ancient-origins.ne…Read More

  7. Classical Mythology: Atlas

    In Greek mythology Atlas is punished by Zeus, with having to hold up the sky. He is probably the most famous of the Titans. Orignally, Atlas may have been used to represent cosmographic motion. https://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends-europe/atlas-0013556…Read More

  8. The Night Sky for the Week of 4-12-20

    Happy Easter, the spring night sky is now in full swing. In the eastern sky, Spring Star Arcturus is visible in the evening. While in the western the sky the Winter Star Sirius sparkles brightly. Also, in the western sky look for Venus, Taurus, and the Pleiades shortly after sunset. The last-quarter moon is Tuesday. Happy Easter. https://skyandtelescope.org/observing/this-weeks-sky-at-a-glance-apr…Read More

  9. The Date of the Crucifixion According to Sir Isaac Newton

    Sir Isaac Newton was a skilled mathematician and scientist. He used these skills to postulate the date of the Crucifixion of Christ. Using the moon's cycle, Newton came to the date of April 23, 34 AD. Scholars today still debate Newton's accuracy. https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/jesus-crucifixion-date-0013530…Read More

  10. Classical Mythology- The Nine Muses

    The ancient Greeks represented most aspects of life with a god or goddess. Inspiration (creative works such as poets, artists, and musicians) were represented by Zeus and his wife Mnemosyne's daughter- known as the Nine Muses (Clio, Euterpe, Thaleia, Melpomene, Terpsichore, Erato, Polyhymnia, Urania, and Calliope). The ancient Romans had almost identical beliefs to the Greeks. https://www.ancient-…Read More