The Gods

OlympiansFor a while, the ancient gods of mythology were what people thought were the most powerful beings anywhere.  Hey, it’s the Time Traveler and I’m going to Rome, Egypt and Greece to review the gods of the ancient world. Every god has a purpose. There are twelve major Greek and Roman gods. There are five major Egyptian gods.  People thought gods would mess with humans who were really smart or really powerful. Greek and Roman gods had the same purposes but different names. Hades (Greek name)/Pluto (Roman name) is the god of the underworld and riches. Zeus/Jupiter is the god of the sky and king of the gods. Poseidon/Neptune (my favorite) is the god of the sea and earthquakes. Hera/Juno is the goddess of families and queen of the gods. Aphrodite/Venus is the goddess of love. Artemis/Diana is the goddess of hunting and animals and is the twin to Apollo. Apollo/Apollo is the god of medicines and music. Ares/Mars is the god of war. Athena/Minerva is the goddess of wisdom and battle strategy. Hestia/Hestia is the goddess of the hearth and eldest of the gods and goddesses. Hephaestus/Vulcan is the god of fire and metalworking. The big five Egyptian gods are Thoth, god of knowledge, Osiris, god of the dead, Isis, goddess of childbirth and family, Nephythys, goddess of water and wife of Set, and Set, god of evil and chaos. There are many other minor gods and goddesses as well. The gods played an important part in ancient civilizations. Every god and goddess had a purpose in the world and are all very interesting. We still refer to these gods in many ways in our modern civilization.


The Great Wall of China

GREAT_WALLHey, it’s the Time Traveler. I just went back in time to ancient China to see the Great Wall. The wall was built in sections over hundreds of years. I’m going to tell you how long the wall is, who built the wall, and how it was made.

We don’t exactly know how long the wall is because some of it has been buried under sand and water. We know there is at least 13,170 miles of it. It is five to ten meters wide.  It isn’t just one wall, though. It is a series of different walls.

Who built it? We don’t really know for sure. Some people say it was the emperor. Others say it was regular people or possibly slaves. I think it was slaves.

How they made the great wall is weird. There is a legend that says the bones of the dead were mixed with concrete to make mortar. But that’s not true. I think it is weirder than that. The thing they used was sticky rice and concrete for only parts of the wall. The other parts were wood and stone.

The Great Wall of China is the only man-made thing that can be seen from space. It is truly remarkable.


The Olympic Games

olympic-torch-greeceThe Olympics is one of the most well known tournaments in the world. Ever wondered where it came from? It came from Greece. People came from all around to see the competition. The Olympics started because people thought the gods liked it. The winner of each event got a laurel wreath, which was basically a crown of leaves. One time, a runner lost his loincloth and kept running. Then the Greeks decided the men that competed in events in the Olympics would run without clothing. I know – disgusting! The Greeks held the Olympics every four years, just like we do today.


Alexander the Great


Hi…Time Traveler here. I’m about to go back in time when ALEXANDER THE GREAT was alive. He was from Macedonia and inherited the throne from his father, Phillip, in 336 BC.

Phillip wanted to conquer the whole known world but died before he could. Alexander followed in his footsteps. He conquered Greece, Egypt, India and the areas all around. Alexander was a great leader but pretty brutal at times. He had never lost a battle in his entire life.

He died while in a riverboat. Bugs bit him and he got sick and died.

We still use his strategies today. One of his strategies is his men form a box of spears so the enemy can’t see what they’re doing. Another is when they form a rank of shields so the enemy can’t get through.

See you later…or sooner? I don’t know what time I’ll be in, so I guess “bye” will work.