(Alex made this cute dog with a bow in her hair while we were working with Model Magic. Alex was in charge of the photography today.)
In Mystery of History this week, we read about Nero who persecuted the Christians. One of our activities was to learn more about the Colosseum. We were excited to do this as my brother and mom are going to Italy for 2 WEEKS next month! I can't wait to "share" their trip via photos. I'll be sure to get some to post for everyone.
Anyway, did you know that the Colosseum was financed by melting down a golden statue of Nero called the Colossus? Pretty interesting, isn't it?
Anyway, we found some great sites about the Colosseum:
- We read about the Colossus statue financing the building of the Colosseum at Kidipede.
- We were able to take a quick tour of the Colosseum at Discovery Channel.
- And, at Google Earth, you can now view some Roman structures, including the Colosseum, in 3D! You go under "Gallery" and then click on "Ancient Rome 3D." Very neat!
- We didn't try it, but you can also make your own paper model of the Colosseum (for free!) from this Canon site.
So, at the Discovery Channel site, we learned that there are 3 layers at the colosseum and they each have a different type of column - doric, ionic & cornthian. Between each column is an arch. I decided to review arches since we haven't talked about them in several years. So, we learned about them at these sites: