Ryse: Son Of Rome EC

This photo was taken in my room, and it shows me holding the game case of a video game I own called Ryse: Son of Rome.  The main character of this game is called Marius Titus.  He is a Roman general looking for revenge on the death of his family.  Replaying the game, I found myself face to face with a person we discussed in class, Nero.  The emperor whom Marius blames for the death of his family.  I remember talking about him in class and how much of a jerk/faces we called him.  In this game, he is the main villain and is showed off very well in it.  The graphics in this game also help display many things in Rome that we have seen before or discussed.  You will come across the colosseum, Roman funerals, and Roman generals and the senate building.  It really is fun with what we have learned about Rome.  I highly recommend this game for anyone who loved our lessons on Rome.

  • Scott Vincent, Team Cronos

Alexandria in Dunkin Donuts

While I was studying with my friend Alexandria I took a picture of her for extra credit. I was studying for the final and was telling her how Alexander the Great conquered lands all over and named many of the lands Alexandria after him. Her parents aren’t history buffs so I know they didn’t name her Alexandria because of Alexander the Great, but I wondered if it had anything to do with him. I think Alexander the Great did have something to do with her name because he was a very strong leader and very prominent throughout history, and he also conquered so much land during his reign and named a lot of his land Alexandria which definitely had an impact on people naming their kids Alexander or Alexandria. They probably named their kids after him because they wanted their kids to be strong and have a prominent name.

Are You Getting Tired of My On-Campus Posts Yet?


I was at the Brooklyn College library recently and I happened to notice a certain sign that contained a very familiar symbol… That’s right, there is a fasces in the picture! The woman in the seal of Kings County, NY bears a fasces because it represents power and authority, and both of those connotations are desirable to align oneself with, especially when it comes to the symbol of a place. Everyone wants to believe that their hometown is powerful and strong, and the fasces present in the image representative of the place hints that this is the case.

This seal can be found in the BC library, near the help desk. It’s funny how many connections to class can be found right in front of us if we look closely. How many of us have walked past this very plaque without noticing she is carrying something dating back to imperial Roman statements of power?

-Chaya, team Venus

Team Aphrodite Studying


As finals quickly approach studying has become a very important tool for team Aphrodite.  Since we left class a little early after completing our work, we decided to do a little studying on the second floor of the library. In this picture is Edyta, Bedirhan and my self (Izadora).

-sincerely yours,

Team Aphrodite

Caesar in Brooklyn College


This image was taken on the third floor of the Brooklyn College library. The image consists of Roman men talking but the main focus is on the man to the right. That is Julius Caesar, as he is seen sitting in a chair with a green reef on his head. Julius Caesar was a Roman ruler from forty six-forty four BCE. Julius Caesar was known for his war accomplishments and reconstruction of Corinth and Carthage. He was also known for his many affairs and numerous sexual relationships.

This image relates to what we learned in Unit seven. In Unit seven, we learned about Julius Caesar and how his dominant reign impacted society. The image above shows all Julius’s colleagues looking at him, as if he the most important man in the room. This idea is similar to how Julius is portrayed in Classics, as his numerous political and societal accomplishments discussed in class suggest that he was the most important man in Rome


Frank- Team Artemis


IMG_4162Sometimes when we see something everyday, its significance doesn’t register to us. That’s why its important we, WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE! The face behind the logo holds incredible meaning that has contributed to the advancement of the company. She has flowing hair and wears a crown like adornment atop her head. Her face is serene and her all-knowing grin is akin to the Mona Lisa, that is if Da Vinci’s masterpiece was ever a secret coffee enthusiast. No, she is not a mermaid but a twin tailed siren that has a lot of relevance to greek mythology. Sirens were mythological features that was said to entice sailor with a melodic song only to leave them shipwrecked on the rocky coast. I think the symbol of the brand is very fitting because like the siren, Starbucks has lured coffee lovers worldwide driving it to success. Since 1971, the logo has undergone many dramatic changes, however, it still retained its original siren icon.

– Lauren Ishay, Team Vesta

Extra Credit- Selfie with Sebastian the Cat

My friend’s cat’s name is Sebastian. He was named after the T.V. show, Sabrina The Teenage Witch, because in that series, Sabrina had a black cat that was named Sebastian. The name Sebastian is derived from the Greek name Sebastos.  Translated, it means venerable, which means someone is granted with a great deal of respect due to their age, wisdom, and character. The Roman Emperor Augustus was given this title as he was someone who had very honorable characteristics that deemed him worthy as Emperor. Sebastian shares similar characteristics to Augustus. He runs the household by making his presence go unnoticed. He is definitely successful at obtaining his goals when it comes to food. In addition, his presence alone makes sure NYC rats do not dare enter the house. He keeps the house secured and free of all outsiders. Before Classics, I did not know how powerful a name was and how it determines the characteristics of oneself. It just goes to show how names are essential in forming one’s identity.

Mary Huang, Team Vulcan

Extra Credit – Selfie with Augustus


While I was making a visit to the MET, I came across this marble head of Augustus. We learned in class that Augustus was a young man who was the adopted son of Julius Caesar. After Caesar’s assassination, Augustus became the first Roman Emperor. With this new title, came with it many responsibilities. His identity changed from originally being born Gaius Octavius, to being Imperator Caesar Divi Filius Augustus. Not only did he adopt Julius Caesar’s name, but he also got his title and legacy. Augustus successfully controlled the Roman Empire for about forty years. He even made it his sole purpose to avenge Caesar’s death by persecuting his murders. Augustus is viewed as someone who was very honorable, brave, and capable of many things. During his reign, even with all the wars and battles he fought, he never let the Roman Empire fall. As a young man, he took on many challenges, but nonetheless came out stronger than ever each time. This is a quality many young adults of today must aspire to be. Even if we don’t have the power to run an empire like Augustus, we must at least have his underlying ambition to face any challenge head on.

Mary Huang, Team Vulcan

Extra Credit- Selfie with a Python


I remember in Classics, we learned about a Greek myth pertaining to how the god Apollo slayed a huge serpent named Python at Delphi. While I was at my friend’s house, I saw that he owned a snake. Albeit it may not be large like the serpent Python, it has the capabilities of growing up to be one. I don’t know what breed this particular snake is, but I do know that it is a female, which likewise in the Homeric Hymn to Apollo, was the original gender of Python. Later in Euripides’ Iphigenia Among the Taurians, Python’s gender was portrayed as male. In the story, Apollo killed the serpent because it prevented him from finding his oracle. This snake isn’t harming anybody, therefore I don’t have any ill intentions towards it. Overall it was a good experience holding the snake and at the same time relating it to Classics.

Mary Huang, Team Vulcan

Extra Credit- Xenophobia in NYC


As I was riding the MTA, I noticed a rare occurrence that took place. I’m on the Q train in the middle of Manhattan, during rush hour, and no one’s sitting near me. Do you know how rare it is to have seats on the train during rush hour? This reminded me of the idea of Xenophobia that we learned in class. Xenophobia is the fear of others, people who are unfamiliar and potentially dangerous. When you’re commuting alone on the subway, you really don’t know who you’re standing or sitting next to. The person next to you could be a criminal and you wouldn’t even know. No one thinks about this, but when the thought is presented, it makes people realize the dangers of strangers. I noticed that everyone’s on their phones while on the train to avoid human connection. Everyone’s in their own little world, trying to mind their own business because they don’t want interact with other people. The only time they’re conscious about their safety is when a panhandler comes into the cart. #StayWoke #LastMinuteExtraCredit

Mary Huang, Team Vulcan

Goddess Isis


The main subject of this picture is a gold bracelet with snakes which is on my wrist that is associated with Isis. She was the Egyptian goddess of magic, fertility and motherhood, and death, healing and rebirth. Isis was born on the first day of the first years of creation. This goddess is associated with cobra snake because, in Egyptian iconography, cobras are commonly found on Isis’ headdress, while in Greece and Italy, Isis could be shown holding a cobra, or with a cobra wrapped about her arm. I took this picture at the place where I work, which is called Awakening. It’s an amazing place filled out with crystals, and different object connected to gods and goddesses. I think that this is connected to our classics class because even though we did not talk about goddess Isis, we talk about others. I found it interesting because I didn’t know much about her, and lately, I found this bracelet, and one of my friends working with me told me the story behind it, which interested me.

Edyta, Team Aphrodite

Extra Credit Selfie 

This is a selfie of me with two containers of Greek yogurt that I found on the top shelf of my refrigerator. They might be labeled the same but one is more of a plain yogurt, and the other is a dip. Greek yogurt originated from Greece, where it was traditionally made from goats milk. In addition, the container on the left incorporates Greek columns as well as Greek motifs in the frieze above the columns. These architectural techniques were designed by Greek architects mainly to be used in religious and public buildings such as the Parthenon and other such temples. The columns seems to be of Doric order due to their overall simplicity, but it is hard to tell exactly. I don’t think the ancient Greeks intended for their mastermind architectural developments to be used on food containers, or their culinary developments to be mass produced by Costco. Consumerism has engulfed the modern world and here we are now.

Gabriella, Team Hestia

The Origin of April

I always knew that August is the month of Augustus Caesar and July is the month of Julius Caesar. But I never know the meaning and symbolism of other months, so I start to search for their history. Something very surprise me was April is taken from Aphrodite. April in Greek is Aphro, which is the short for Aphrodite. We learn about Aphrodite in Unit 1, we know she is the goodness of love and beauty, we learned from the first class that she is godly. Reflect on how beautiful is she that people say she is goldly. We can see countless paintings and sculptures of her in museums. Also, we learned that Roman people call her Venus and name the planet Venus after her. This is very surprised for me that April is named after Aphrodite. Now I can tell people that April is not only special of the April Fool’s day but it is beautiful because of its meaning and origin.

Qiyi, Team Vesta



Wherever you go, They Go

They’re everywhere. Like, literally they really are. This fasces was seen yesterday around the area of Rockefeller Center.  One thing that peaked my interest in them is the fact that I could take a selfie with them and I would get easy extra credit points. Another reason for my excitement is the colors. Usually in the past when I have seen faces they were very plain, rusty and just blend. This one, on the other hand, is vibrant. They both posses several colors, vibrant enough to catch the attention of the tourists.

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Lady Liberty


Last summer, my mom and I had the pleasure of seeing the Statue of Liberty, with the courtesy of one of her good friends. In Classics, we recently learned that the translation of the word ‘Libertas’ means Liberty. Coins were made in the celebration of Julius Caesar’s assassination. They represented the overthrow of Caesar’s tyrant rule. On one coin, there is an image of the Roman goddess, Libertas who represents freedom. On another coin, there an image of a pileus alongside two daggers above the words “EID MAR.” “EID MAR” is the Ides of March and is referring to the actual day Caesar was killed. A pileus, known as a freedman’s cap, was worn by slaves after they were finally set free. The symbolism shows that Caesar’s death was a representation that the citizens of the Roman Republic were now free of his rule and no longer had to live in fear.


-Estrella Roberts, Team Vulcan

“Augustus” on my Planner


When I was looking through my planner and I came across tho this page which said August. When I was thinking about something that we learn in Classics, I thought about Augustus. I decided to take a selfie since the month of the of the calendar “August” is similar to the name of Augustus. The month August is named after Augustus. Also, Augustus names the month August after himself. By naming a month after himself shows that he is a very powerful man. The name month of August was an honor to Augustus. Augustus was important because since he was the founder of the Roman and also consider as first Roman emperor. He was the controller of the Roman Empire until his death. Therefore, his name was honored on the calendar or planner.

-Mantaha Mannan, Team Vulcan

He’s Got Ethos…


Here I am in a Starbucks in Manhattan taking a selfie with “ethos” water and trying to avoid stares from random people.

When Herodotus accounts the conflict between the Persians and the Greeks I’m fairly certain that he uses ethos, to convince the audience of his credibility. His ethos is shown within his authoritive voice in these sentences from Herodotus on The Persians “she herself (Io) they say, having formed an intimacy with the captain, while his vessel lay at Argos, and perceiving herself to be with child, of her own free will accompanied the Phoenicians on their leaving the shore, to escape the shame of
detection and the reproaches of her parents. Whether this latter account be true, or whether the matter happened otherwise, I shall not discuss further.” By assuring the audience that he is unbiased, he is displaying his accountability, that he is ethical in relaying this information to the audience.

Whether or not Herodotus is actually a reliable source, I shall not discuss further… 😉

Carrissa, Team Hestia

Extra Credit Julius Caesar


This picture was taken inside the basement of the Brooklyn College Library. This was taken as I was completing my blog for class seven of classics and I thought that this could be used as an extra credit since it is a selfie and does relate back to what we learned in class. In class we learned about Julius Caesar and what he accomplished and how revered and great he was. We also learned about what people thought of him, how he was characterized;very similar to when we were learning about Alexander the Great. Whilst doing my blog post for this class, I learned that the month of July was actually named after Julius Caesar upon the time of his death, in order to honor him, his memory, and all that he had achieved and accomplished. So as soon as I learned that I asked the librarian for a calendar and took this selfie. One little cool fun fact, is that I’m actually born in the month of July, with means that I share the same birth month as Julius Caesar;which is something that I thing is actually pretty cool!

Persians Invaded the Babylonions *Extra Credit*


I went to Wallkill over the weekend to the tour the Watchtower facility. There was a beautiful, huge, detailed painting on the wall and as an artist myself I stopped to admire it. When I asked the tour guide what it depicted she stated that it was King Cyrus’ Persian empire invading Babylon. I thought to myself, “Hey, I think I heard those names in Classics.” When I checked the website I saw that we did in fact learn about the Persians and Cyrus during the 3rd unit. Thus, I proceeded to take a selfie, the painting was so colossal it could not fit in my selfie so I asked my brother to take it for me (hope this still counts). I did some more research and found out that, “When Cyrus set his sights on Babylon it was already the most venerable of Middle Eastern cities—perhaps of all cities in the world,” states the book Cyrus the Great. It almost seemed impossible what had occurred on that night, (of October 5/6, 539 B.C.E.) the city of Babylon was on the Euphrates river and there were moats around the city and on top of that high security, there were also massive walls.  Upstream from Babylon, Cyrus’ army  were commanded to channel the Euphrates and cause the water level in the city to fall. After this happened, the army then walked right through the now low river right through the city gates. Coincidentally, that night the city gates, had been left open. According to Greek historians Herodotus and Xenophon, the Babylonians felt so secure behind their city’s defenses that on the night of the attack, many were feasting, including the king! All of these event helped Cyrus and the Persians to overthrow Babylon.

-Chante Morren, Team Venus


Herodotus. The History of Herodotus: Volume 1. Book. 1, section CXCI,  Talboys and Wheeler, 1824.

Crompton, Samuel Willard. Cyrus the Great. Chelsea House, 2008.

Filipino Vs. Haitian

This picture was taken in the Brooklyn College Library alongside my friend Gaby. One thing I’ve learned in this class so far is that “the others” were considered barbaric. In other words, anyone who was not Greek would be looked down on because to the Greeks their speech sounded like so, “Bar-bar-bar”. Here the same concept applies because Gaby here is Filipino and I am Haitian. Since ethnically we are in different groups, to me she fits in the group of “the others”  and that same concept can be applied to me coming from her point of view. It is very fortunate that we did not live in those ancient times otherwise, we would not have only torn each other apart, but we would be cruel, judgemental, and would treat each other like we are lesser than human. But today, due to evolutions in society we are able to accept each other’s differences.                                                                  -Izadora, Team Aphrodite 


Aphrodite Card


I took this picture at my work while I was picking the card from the set, and for the first time, I got Aphrodite. When I saw this card it immediately reminded me about Classics because at first that’s my team name, and second that was the first chapter we discussed in class. Aphrodite is a Goddess of beauty and love, and that’s how I always remember about her. On this card, she is described as Inner Beauty, which of course match with her. She was beautiful to that point that everyone wanted to meet with her. She wasn’t loyal to Hephaestus and preferred to spend time with her lover – Ares. Some of the legends even say that prostitutes consider her as their patron, which at some point might be accurate when we think about her. She is also Goddess of war, especially in Sparta. However, beauty and love is her significant sign and that’s how most of the people recognize her.

Edyta, Team Aphrodite

Alexander Bracelet

IMG_6516.PNG When I was looking for all my bracelet and I saw this bracelet that had a name Alexander inside. I never notice it because the name is written really tiny. I usually never read the name inside bracelet because I don’t really care about it. This bracelet was gifted to me from one of my close friend who went to visit Spain and got me the bracelet. This relates to the class and what we are learning because in class we learned about Alexander. We also saw few pictures of Alexander arts in class. And the bracelet actually also looks like one of the coins we saw in class. I never thought that there is a bracelet that had Alexander name on it. I was surprised how the design and color of the bracelet are very similar with the coin that had his portrait. Therefore, now I know that sometimes it’s the good look at the name because if I didn’t look at the inside than I would never know that it had the name Alexander.

-Mantaha, Team Vulcan


Pseudo- means false, un-real, a lie
Origin: Formed within English, by compounding. Etymons: pseudo- comb. formpregnancy n.1
Etymology: pseudo- comb. form + pregnancy n.1 Compare earlier pseudocyesis n.

 1. Med. A condition in which some of the symptoms or signs of pregnancy (such as amenorrhoea, nausea, and abdominal swelling) are present in a woman who is not pregnant; an instance of this. Also called false pregnancy.

Illustrative sentence using the word-
An intense desire to get pregnant can cause women’s brain to trigger certain hormones that lead to actual pregnancy symptoms and thus causes pseudopregnancy.
Earlier and most recent examples of its use-
1860   T. H. Tanner On Signs & Dis. Pregnancy i. 7   The term pseudo-pregnancy is also sometimes applied to diseases which simulate pregnancy.
1893   T. M. Madden Clin. Gynæcol. xl. 463   In cases of pseudopregnancy we frequently find all the general symptoms of pregnancy counterfeited with an exactitude that might well seem marvellous if we did not take into consideration the circumstances.
1979   Post (Frederick, Maryland19 June b11/2   A false pregnancy is also called a pseudopregnancy… A woman undergoes all the changes we customarily expect with a normal pregnancy.


1993   Acta Endocrinologica 129 Suppl. 38   The underlying mechanism of such a psychosomatic reaction, a typical example of which is pseudopregnancy, may be an extemporaneous activation of a neuroendocrine ‘maternal subroutine’ characteristic of pregnancy.

1970   W. B. Yapp Introd. Animal Physiol. (ed. 3) viii. 293   In those animals, such as mice, in which there is scarcely any pseudopregnancy, the corpora lutea develop very little and soon degenerate unless copulation occurs.

1981   J. Halliday & J. Halliday in K. Thear & A. Fraser Compl. Bk. Raising Livestock & Poultry iv. 94/2   Goats occasionally have pseudopregnancies, commonly termed as cloudbursts. The goat, either mated or unmated, will consider that she is in kid.

Gurleen Kaur, Team Venus

Exploring Ancient Greece Through Aristotle’s Politics

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Last weekend in Manhattan, I purchased The Politics of Aristotle because even though learning about Greek mythology is very interesting, I wanted to know a little bit about their more concrete ideas and beliefs; since Aristotle was a very prominent philosopher in Ancient Greece, I thought I’d look to him. Even though I haven’t read the entire book yet, I already have a very different view on Greek society. It was shocking to realize just how oppressed women were! Before reading this book, I thought that their only limitations were not being able to participate in government and having to look after the house. However, Aristotle makes it very clear that he thinks women should be bound to their houses, which is disappointing coming from such an enlightened thinker. Aristotle also refers to slavery as “natural” and stresses separation of labor and classes. While some of Aristotle’s ideas are clearly questionable, the questions he poses are thought provoking. It makes me wonder what a perfect society would actually look like. But one thing is for sure: it wouldn’t be anything like the Greeks.

Elene T., Team Mars


Extra Credit

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Real World Discussion Application:  Many conspiracy theorist believe that Elvis committed pseudocide to escape the stress of being famous and is alive today.

Historical Scholastic Application:  France’ most educated scholar on Napoleon , Jean Tulard , believes that Napoleon committed pseudocide and died in St. Helena from stomach cancer.

(Samantha , Team Minerva #10)



Cursed? Try a mati!

On a certain Sunday, my best friend came back from Uzbekistan. After embracing her in a big hug, my eyes immediately fell upon the blue bracelet she was wearing on her hand. This bracelet is called kuzmunchoq. As you can see from the picture, the bracelet is decorated with big blue eye – like balls with black pupils. In our culture, this bracelet is worn to protect an individual from evil eyes and meant to be a good luck charm. This superstition was popularized during Ancient Greece around the sixth century. The Greeks created a tangible device in the shape of an eye with a blue iris and named it the mati. The evil eye, they believed, was a type of curse that was brought upon a person when another glared at them with negative intensions and jealousy. Often times, if someone were to compliment one excessively it represented hidden begrudge. Furthermore, the Greeks believed that children were more subject to the evil eye because of their youth and innocence. In order to protect himself from the evil eye, the Greeks prescribed the mati. The mati was a apotropaic visual device in the shape of an eye with a blue iris. It existed in many forms such as jewelry or as a part of vessels and antiquities of the classical era. The idea of the evil eye was spread to different parts of the world and became especially popular in the Mediterranean by Alexander the Great. As you can see, this superstition has dominated much of the eastern world and still exists today.


-Khilola, Team Juno

Pandora? Rings? Radio? or GOD!!!

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Most of the women own rings from Pandora. Men mostly buy such things like rings, neclaces and earrings  from Pandora for the women in their lives. Its such popular company that we can not resist using our money on. I personally find their rings beautiful, they have all kind of styles and options for women. This picture was taken two days ago. I was scrolling down my camera roll and noticed how the ring is from a company name Pandora. Pandora is also the name of the first Greek woman in Greek mythology.  Her name means ” all gifted”, and there are brands use the name for jewelary . “Pandora box” is a box that contained all of the evils in the world, and when it was open she released all the evil of the world and the only thing that was left inside the box was hope. Its so amazing to see companies like “Pandora radio” and so many more ot use the name of greek gods. Its surprising to see how more knowledge you have, the more aware you become of the world around you. Fizza saeed – Team Hermes

The Corinthian Column; Sean Reilly, Team Artemis

The Corinthian column is a piece of architecture used to hold up buildings, and have some form of an aesthetic. This kind of column, one of the big three (Doric, Ionic, and the Corinthian) was very popular within Roman art culture, while the Greeks preferred Doric and Ionic columns. You can see these columns like where this one, throughout all cultures and places, due to its familiarity, and notoriety. While walking back from a dinner I had for my friend’s birthday, we all headed back to Penn Station to prepare for the train ride home. As I’m strolling by, class clicked in my head, as an enormous horizontal Roman column was waiting to be photographed. From a bank, to a school, to the middle of Penn Station, the column can be traced back to ancient times, and brought back to modern contemporary society. Here the piece of architecture is being used for more than just it’s artistic elements, but used as a single piece of historical art itself.


existence of non religious calendars

Did any non religious dating systems exist? Were they successful? The French Republican calendar can answer both these questions. The French calendar was created and implemented by the National Convention, specifically under the direction of Charles Gilbert Rome, during the French Revolution. It was used by the French government for twelve years, 1793 to 1805. It was designed to remove all religious and Royalist influences from the calendar and to rid any signs of the ancien regime (the old feudal monarchy). It’s important to note that the calendar may be recognized as the French Revolutionary Calendar because of the different sides and perspectives that labeled it different names. From the royalty point of view, this was seen as treason so they nicknamed it the ‘revoutionary’ calendar. However, on the other hand, the nationalistic, proud creators of the calendar named it the ‘Republican’ calendar. This dating system proved to be unsuccessful because it was abolished by Napolean the first and replaced with the Gregorian calendar. It was, however, used again briefly during the short period of the Paris Commune, 6–23 May 1871. Some legal texts that were adopted when the Republican Calendar was officially in use are still in force in France and other nations or territories which at the time were incorporated into revolutionary France, such as present-day Belgium, Luxembourg and the German territories to the west of the Rhine river. These documents have kept their original dates for legal accuracy and citation purposes. References: 1.https://www.britannica.com/list/the-12-months-of-the-french-republican-calendar 2.http://www.webexhibits.org/calendars/calendar-french.html

Greek Life

While I was at the Brooklyn College Library, I thought, what on campus relates to this class? And then it hit me: Greek life. If you look closely you can see that in the computer screen it shows different groups and organizations, otherwise known as Greek life. –Izadora,  Team Aphrodite  #SeeninNYC #ClassicsEC #Selfie #ComputerSelfie