Archive for October, 2008

The Reality of the Middle Ages

By: Jasmine
In Hollywood they make movies and games about how the times were back in the Middle Ages. In some movies the Middle Ages is described as a dark and evil time. They are told to have dragons in many movies, even though they did not even have such a thing back then. Also in movies they have Queens, Kings, Princess and Princes. In reality they did not have any of these instead they were called Lords. Lords had men called peasants to serve them. There was also nobles and monarchs. They all lived in a place called a manor. In movies they have castles but they also did have castles but it wasnt played out as it is in the movies as it really is. There were also dungeons in hollywood films and they did have dungeons but not for the same purpose as in the middle ages they took it to a different extreme. There were also knights, these were soliders in the manor. They had to go through different stages. In movies they were heros most of the time, in the Middle Ages they had to protect the Lords. Thats your fiction and reality of the Middle Ages.

Knight

Knight

Advertisements

Leave a comment »

History vs. Hollywood (The Middle Ages)

By:Michelle H

Hollywood movies have exagerated about the middle ages. Movies, like Shrek, have turned the Middle Ages into a time of dragons, sorcerors, princesses, and knights. In Shrek, he has to kill a fire-breathing dragon to get to the highest tower to save the girl. There weren’t any dragons in the real Middle Ages, but there were knights. The knights were civilized warriors. They followed chivilary, or code. This means that the knights were required to be brave, loyal, and true to their word. They fought fair, and put women on a pedistool, so they would seem like gentlemen.

The warriors won fights for women, in order to impress them and win them over. To the knights, the women were like prizes, or princesses. Hollywood has exagerrated this concept of the woman being a prize. They portray these women as being real princesses when they were really only daughters of noblemen.

Leave a comment »

Constatine the Great

View this montage created at One True Media
Constantine the Great

Constantine was born in Naissus, Upper Moesia, on February 27th in roughly AD 285.  In about 312 A.D. Constantine gained power. He continued Diocletian’s ideas and reforms, and he also changed history. Constantine aloud Christians to be tolerated. He encouraged the growth of Christianity and guaranteed success. He built the capital Constantinople on the strait that connects the Mediterranean and Black seas. Constantine made the eastern part of the empire strong by making the capital in the east.
The western empire weakened, but the east was strong for centuries. Diocletian and Constantine revived the economy, and increased the power of the government. They held the empire together for another century, but could not keep the empire from its long-term decline.  Constantine died on May 22nd AD 337 at the imperial villa at Ankyrona from illness.

Leave a comment »

Pompeii

By Michelle Hughes

In A.D. 79 Mt.Vesuvius erupted. Pompeii was shadowed by Mt.Vesuvius. Within two days Pompeii had disappeared. Before the eruption, Pompeii had the fanciest homes, beautiful mosaic floors, and colorful murals. Pompeii was a wealthy and busy town. The townspeople of Pompeii, a rich Roman resort town, felt tremors but weren’t scared. No one could remember the last time Mt.Vesuvius exploded, so they didn’t know what was coming. Mt.Vesuvius exploded with hot liquid rock,and bursted ash and rocks into the air. Lightning bolts and clouds of ash filled the sky. As the ash started to fall, people tried to run away to their cellars. Most people were suffocated and buried in ash. Rain hardened the ash, making perfect molds of people, which are still in great condition today.

Cast of a body from A.D. 79

Cast of a body from A.D. 79

Leave a comment »

Julius Caesar

By: Jasmine Kayyali
“Veni, vidi, vici…..Veni, vidi, vici.” Julius Caesar was an ambitious military commander. He controled Rome’s politics with Pompey for a while. In 59 b.c. him and his army set out to make new conquests. After nine years he completed the conquest of Gual, which is now France. He didnt listen to Pompey to stop the fighting and secretly kept on fighting and that lead to a civil war. He moved around saying ” Veni, vidi, vici” which is a faming saying “I came, I saw, I conquered.” He then came back and forced the senate to make him dictator. He was the absolute ruler of Rome.

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

Leave a comment »