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Following Charlotte Yonge's book on Roman History has been great this term. She strikes a good balance between brevity and interesting detail with a Christian perspective. It is easy enough to cross reference with other websites plus our Historical Atlas. Next term I propose to study the next period, known as the Middle Ages. But ...continue reading "Term 1 2016 – Middle Ages (mainly Europe)"

All the short histories of Rome skip to the Punic Wars, so I wanted to read about Pyrrhus by the end of the week. In Charlotte Yonge's Book we read through chapters 13-16 today. There were lots of incidents to act out with much drama and enthusiasm. One contrast came between Manlius breaking ranks to ...continue reading "More wars: Samnites and Pyrrhus"

Continuing with Charlotte Yonge's book, chapters 9 and 10 describe Coriolanus, Cincinnatus and the Decemvirs. This continues under the Early Republic The conflict between patricians and plebians reminded me of the parable about a kingdom divided. kingdomdivided Coriolanus - doesn't like plebians and fought against Rome (exiled 491BC) - There's a Shakespeare play about him. ...continue reading "Rome – Coriolanus, Cincinnatus and the Decemvirs"

We read chapters 7 and 8 of Charlotte Yonge's book Young Folk's History of Rome. This described the developing political structure of the Roman Republic. There are many, many diagrams to try explain the structure, but as the structure changed over time it is probably a good idea to make your own. Then we printed ...continue reading "Ancient Rome – government"

The Aborigines thought that the white people were gone for good, but that was not the case. In 1787, the First Fleet, led by Arthur Phillip, set out from Britain on a long voyage to Australia. When they arrived in 1788, the Aborigines probably saw it as a second invasion, this time with more people. ...continue reading "The First Fleet"

Martin Joseph Kerney writes a great outline of history in A Compendium of Ancient and Modern History. The quotes below all come from that book. If you'd like to read the rest, I have made a newly typeset excerpt here. AMONG the various nations of antiquity, Greece deservedly holds the most distinguished rank, both for ...continue reading "Ancient Greece"

To take some words of Fr. Martin Joseph Kerney: Before studying the history of other countries, we should become well acquainted with the history of our own. For it would be a great shame for our little readers, if they were able to relate all the events, that have taken place in Greece and Rome, ...continue reading "Australian History"

As a first course, how about History - such a huge subject. And should be something that can be added to and filled out over time.