Archive | April 2013

Venus of Willendorf



Since recently learning in class about some representation symbols of fertility goddesses, I decided to research on one I had seen in a previous history course. This statue, known as the Venus of Willendorf, was estimated to have been carved out around 25,000 B.C.E. and was found near a paleolithic site by a village in Willendorf, Austria. It was assumed, due to the size and detail of the body characteristics, the figure most likely represented a goddess of fertility.It is currently located in a museum in Vienna, Austria.

-Justine Barretto 


Laws in Ancient Egypt

It was thought that the laws of ancient Egypt were mostly codes. In the late period there writers concluded that there might have been eight books of legal codes. However nothing remains of these documents. Egyptian laws were based on common sense, in being right and wrong. They followed the codes based on MA’AT. They thought MA’AT represented truth balance justice and order. This concept meant that everyone including slaves that worked hard, which means that they were all treated equal under the law no matter the social status they had

Esperanza Burciaga


Khufu’s Great Pyramid

One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is King Khufu’s Great Pyramid. It stands at 480 feet tall, 756 feet wide and is made out of 2,300,000 blocks of stone (limestone). It took 100,000 slaves to assemble the pyramid and it took 10 years to put together (with another 10 years to build the passage ways, so a total of 20 years to finish. It amazes me how despite the effort they put in pyramids and hiding the kings tomb, robbers seem to always find a way to get to it. -Arjay Vitug

Historical Ancient Christianity Rome

I was inspired by one of my group mate to do my weekly post on this.  So far I have learned that, in the first century AD, when the apostles Peter and Paul came to Rome, the Christian community in Rome was small, it was probably couple hundreds or few thousand of people that were following. It’s said that both Peter and Paul died on the same day of the year 64AD, during Nero’s persecution of the Christians. The two saints are also said to have met on the road to execution and to have embraced in a final farewell. The”reality” is that Peter was probably executed together with many others whilst Paul, as a Roman citizen, had the privilege of being beheaded more or less in private at a location now known as Three fountains.  I’m looking more forward into how this christianity was created yet I’m not so clear how Paul was brought up.  It’s really interesting since Im a catholic and i’ve always wonder why religion has to be so diverse.  It could of has just been to differences among this people. -Juan Banda

Santa Maria Anitqua in Rome, Italy


Since our team was assigned to create a video-cast of an old Christian church in Rome, I decided to start my research.  Santa Maria Antiqua was built in the 5th century in Palatine Hill on the North-West cliff. It was originally built as a vestibule for an imperial palace created by emperor Domitian and was later converted into a church. It is now known as one of the oldest Christian churches in the Roman Forum and contains the earliest known depiction of the Virgin Mary as a Queen from the 6th century. However, it was not rediscovered and excavated til the early 1900s. It is currently being restored and will hopefully open to the public later this year.

Justine Barretto

Hayward Earthquake

For this week, I have done my research on the Hayward earthquake that occurred in 1868.  After reading this and knowing you live in Hayward, CA this can get people a bit scared.  The 1868 Hayward earthquake occurred at 7:53 am on October 21.  The magnitude was from 6.8 – 7, from San Leandro down to Fremont (more than 20 miles).  Hayward suffered the most and almost every building was destroyed.  Oakland, San Jose and San Francisco suffered as well.

– Juan Banda

Karnak Temple

This week I was thinking a lot about temples and so about decided to write about the Karnak Temple. Karnak is an ancient Egyptian temple located east of the Nile River in Thebes. It is more than 100 hectares big. In some cases it is bigger than come cities. This temple is known to be dedicated to Amun-Ra –a male god associated with Thebes. Karnak started around 4,000 years ago and continued moving up until the tome the Romans took over Egypt by 2,000 years ago. The fascinating thing about this temple is that every Egyptian who worked at the Karnak left his or her own mark. This was important because that way we can know who and how many people were there at the time the Karnak was being used.

-Esperanza BurciagaImage