Dangerous Distractions

a picture of the ancient and huge Circus Maximus

By Zeke November 18 2018

Judah, who was very excited, was finally going to the Circus Maximus. He had been been waiting all his life because he always wanted to watch and ride in a chariot, so he sprinted toward the stadium while his parents trailed behind. In the packed arena, he suspiciously got lost into the crowd on purpose to try to steal a horse. His parents could not find him and they were worried. This was unfortunate since the family had been looking forward to it for a long time.

Judah, who was mischievious, tried to sneakily steal a super-good horse because it was his dream to race. Inside the stable, Judah got a horse, even though his parents told him he wasn’t allowed to race. The race started and he heard horses trampling thunderously like the mightly wind as they zoomed by.

Judah’s parents saw him and were shocked! A burly man whipped Judah’s horse propelling the boy out of the back. As the crowd screamed, the man laughed and Judah knew he shouldn’t have been misbehaved. He swiftly pushed himself up, but while he got up, an injurious horse ran over his back. The man who caused the injury was distracted and lost the race. Afterward, Judah’s parents were mortified and dragged him outside of Circus Maximus. The man who hurt Judah yelled, “I lost because your stupid son distracted me!” Judah’s irate dad punched the man. and they swiftly rushed to the hospital.

The Trifecta of Roman Government

Ancient Rome with the Colosseum in the background.

By Gabriel
January 21, 2019

Impressively, Roman government had three peaceful but sometimes chaotic stages that evolved throughout history. First, there were six kings who ruled after Romulus. The Roman Republic was the next phase, in which the two consuls has most of the power. Working with the consuls was the Senate, and it was comprised of prominent citizens. In approximately 50 BC, Julius Caesar became a consul. Because the people loved him like a god and since he was a great general who won lots of battles, he was then elected dictator for life. Jealous for power, the Senate savagely surrounded Julius and ended his life. Eventually, Julius’ great-nephew and adopted son Octavian emerged as emperor and started this third stage of government. His title was Augustus, which means “revered” or “exalted.” Roman government’s three stages – kings, a republic, and emperors – was an important part of history and Western civilization.

Thermopylae and the Three Hundred

This is the Battle of Thermopylae

By Houston
October 29, 2018

Did you know that one of the most famous wars in Greek history was the Second Persian War? It all started when the ruthless Persian king Xerxes was resolved to finish the work of his father Darius, who had unsuccessfully tried to conquer Greece in the First Persian War. Xerxes and a colossal force of resolute troops set out for the Greek city-state of Athens. It is difficult to validate, but some historians claim that the army was roughly two million men. Because the Greeks heard the Persians were coming, all the city-states united so they could fend them off. The city-state of Sparta sent 300 men to partake in the war. The Spartans were bold warriors with sure, sharp, and shiny swords. They fought with thousands of other Greek soldiers to block the passageway to Athens called Thermopylae. The courageous Greeks held the Persians off for three bloody, death-ridden days, which gave the people of Athens time to flee. Eventually, they were beaten because a traitor told the Persians of a secret mountain path. Even though there was nobody inside the city, the enemy still burnt Athens to the ground. But that wasn’t the end. A brilliant Greek leader lured the lilting Persian ships into a trap. He pretended to be a traitor and gave Xerxes fatal advice. The cunning Greek navy totally demolished the attacking ships, so the Greeks emerged victorious. “You haven’t seen the last of me!” bellowed the irate Xerxes. Although they lost Thermopylae and the mighty brave 300 Spartans, Greece was triumphant during the historic Second Persian War.