The Thankful Israelites

Moses parting the Red Sea.

By Ezekiel
October 8, 2018

Moses and more than one million Israelites were leaving Egypt where they had been slaves. The radiant desert sun battered down on them, but they were joyous because they were free from 400 years of bondage. The people loudly sang and danced, and the sound of tambourines could heard from miles away. Even though the journey was arduous, the Hebrews gleefully celebrated since they were headed to the promised land, which would be their new home.   

Just then the Israelites heard horses’ hooves trampling and they shockingly realized pharaoh’s ruthless army was behind them. They were petrified! The weary travelers gazed ahead and there lay the Red Sea. The people chided Moses and exclaimed, “Did you take us here to die?!” But Moses stated, “Fear not. Stand still and be stunned by the salvation of the Lord, which He shall show you today.” He lifted up his rod because he knew God was with him. The waters parted and Moses told them to walk through open-up path of humongous waves. “Are you sure we should do this?” one man asked. Another person shrieked, “We’re all going to drown if we listen to your bad advice, Moses!” However, Israelites obeyed him, and they cautiously continued on foot, carefully making it to the other side.

Pharaoh and his men, who were irate, tried to quickly go across, but Moses wiggled his rod. He vibrated it, the waves zoomed down, and the salty sea swept away the Egyptians. The Israelites thankfully bowed down to God because they were saved.

Rome’s Skilled Builders

The ruins of the Colosseum

By Gabriel
January 28, 2019

Because Ancient Rome prospered greatly in engineering, it was extremely advanced for its time. Amazingly, the Romans who created ingenious aqueducts that brought fresh water into the city, also constructed 50,000 miles of roads. Conquering different towns, the Romans would build a pathway from that town back to their own stunning city. They also had a structure called the Colosseum, named after the colossal statue of Nero. It held 50,000 to 80,000 people. Inside, the citizens, like hungry wolves thirsting for blood, watched animal hunts, gladiator fights, and public executions. The Circus Maximus was an arena and a racetrack that fit 250,000 fans, making it twice the size as the largest stadium today. Countless Roman structures lasted for centuries because they used special long-lasting concrete. Interestingly, parts of the aqueducts, roads, and the Colosseum are still standing in 2019! Engineering feats helped make Rome one of the most magnificent civilizations ever. Since the ancient Romans were so skilled at building, their empire last for remarkably a long time.

Carnage and Surprise

This is what some people think the Circus Maximus looked like back in the day.

By Gabriel Dillingham
November 19, 2018

Aricus’ helpful parents, who brought him to Circus Maximus, were excited. It was the Aricus’ ninth birthday, so parents took him to the Circus Maximus for a gift. Because Aricus had been before, you would’ve thought he wouldn’t have wanted to see it, but he wanted to sit in the inner-field seats that were in the middle of the stadium. His dad used to be an old chariot rider, so he wanted to show Aricus up close. Inside the Circus Maximus, Aricus pridefully rushed in front of his parents. He was happy that his parents brought him to the Circus Maximus.

The irate losers who had lost the devastating round before wanted to crash into somebody forcefully for revenge. While Aricus was running across, a horse as black as the night sky pulling a chariot hit Aricus on purpose! Underneath the blazing sun, the hostile, harsh, and haughty losers swerved into a fence and people jumped out of the stands and attacked the corrupt and sinister losers. The horse escaped the chariot and trampled people to death. It was carnage and maybe in the Circus Maximus! The losers received their revenge, but they were about to pay.

Aricus’ mom and dad surprisingly gasped because there was fatal destruction everywhere. In the middle of the monumental stadium, the losers who had done bad deeds were hung by Roman guards. Aricus’ parents were looking forward to this trip, but it was actually a disaster. “Even though I got hurt, this was still pretty exciting!” yelled Aricus. “Good. Let’s just journey home and relax and eat,” stated Aricus’ parents. His mom and dad were still surprised because of all the carnage.