Powerful women are always fascinating, but there is something especially intriguing about women in the ancient world who led their kingdoms and also led armies into battle. Both were extraordinarily difficult in eras where women generally had very little economic and social power, let alone political and military strength. With Elizabeth Warren--arguably the most qualified … [Read more...] about It’s Women’s History Month So Let’s Talk Kick-Butt Ancient Warrior Queens!
Animal mummification was big business in ancient Egypt. Often temples bred animals for the purposes of later killing and mummifying them. They sold these mummies as religious relics worshippers could purchase and offer to their patron god or goddess for protection. It turns out, however, that mummy sellers often cheated their customers. Out of 800 animal mummies scanned in … [Read more...] about Cheating Customers is an Ancient Tradition
I saw this video on FB and was really moved by it. Every person in it is extraordinarily beautiful, to remind us that even exceptional beauty and youth does not protect you from the pain and unfairness of color bias. In the video, USC's Dr. Lanita Jacobs points out that colonization and slavery play a role in beauty standards today, which is, of course, of no surprise to … [Read more...] about The Ancient Roots of Colorism
Recently, I had the most wonderful school visit at Neptune Middle School in central Florida. Every year, students choose which author they would like to invite for their author visit and they chose me after reading Cleopatra Rules! The Amazing Life of the Original Teen Queen. Before I came, the kids created a trailer to generate interest and excitement. Check out their great … [Read more...] about Immersing A School in Mythology