Who were the Vestal Virgins, and what was their job? - Peta Greenfield - TED-Ed


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Four sisters in Ancient Rome - Ray Laurence 08:39
Four sisters in Ancient Rome - Ray Laurence
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The myth of Cupid and Psyche - Brendan Pelsue 05:32
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History vs. Cleopatra - Alex Gendler 04:28
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A glimpse of teenage life in ancient Rome - Ray Laurence 06:35
A glimpse of teenage life in ancient Rome - Ray Laurence
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View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/a-glimpse-of-teenage-life-in-ancient-rome-ray-laurence Welcome to the world of Lucius Popidius Secundus, a 17-year old living in Rome in 73 AD. His life is a typical one of arranged marriages, coming-of-age festivals, and communal baths. Take a look at this exquisitely detailed lesson on life of a typical Roman teenager two thousand years ago. Lesson by Ray Laurence, animation by Cognitive Media.
The Atlantic slave trade: What too few textbooks told you - Anthony Hazard 05:39
The Atlantic slave trade: What too few textbooks told you - Anthony Hazard
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The history of marriage - Alex Gendler 04:44
The history of marriage - Alex Gendler
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View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-history-of-marriage-alex-gendler A white, puffy dress. Eternal love. A joint tax return. Marriage means something different to everyone and has changed over time and across cultures. Alex Gendler traces the history of getting hitched, providing insights on polygamy, same-sex unions and even marriage between the dead and the living. Lesson by Alex Gendler, animation by Augenblick Studios.
The true story of Sacajawea - Karen Mensing 03:41
The true story of Sacajawea - Karen Mensing
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View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-true-story-of-sacajawea-karen-mensing In the early 19th century, a young Agaidika teenager named Sacajawea was enlisted by explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to aid her husband Toussaint Charbonneau as a guide to the Western United States. Karen Mensing debunks some of the myths that surround the familiar image of the heroic woman with a baby strapped to her back and a vast knowledge of the American wilderness. Lesson by Karen Mensing, animation by Flaming Medusa Studios Inc.
The great conspiracy against Julius Caesar - Kathryn Tempest 05:58
The great conspiracy against Julius Caesar - Kathryn Tempest
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View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-great-conspiracy-against-julius-caesar-kathryn-tempest On March 15th, 44 BCE, Roman dictator Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of about 60 of his own senators. Why did these self-titled Liberators want him dead? And why did Brutus, whose own life had been saved by Caesar, join in the plot? Kathryn Tempest investigates the personal and political assassination of Julius Caesar. Lesson by Kathryn Tempest, animation by Brett Underhill.
The Egyptian Book of the Dead: A guidebook for the underworld - Tejal Gala 04:32
The Egyptian Book of the Dead: A guidebook for the underworld - Tejal Gala
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View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-egyptian-book-of-the-dead-tejal-gala Ancient Egyptians believed that in order to become immortal after death, a spirit must first pass through the underworld — a realm of vast caverns, lakes of fire, and magical gates. Needless to say, one needed to come prepared. But how? Tejal Gala describes an Egyptian "Book of the Dead" -- a customized magic scroll written by the living to promote a smooth passage to the afterlife when they died. Lesson by Tejal Gala, animation by Silvia Prietov.
Why do we kiss under mistletoe? - Carlos Reif 04:42
Why do we kiss under mistletoe? - Carlos Reif
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A brief history of goths - Dan Adams 05:31
A brief history of goths - Dan Adams
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View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/a-brief-history-of-goths-dan-adams What do fans of atmospheric post-punk music have in common with ancient barbarians? Not much ... so why are both known as “goths”? Is it a weird coincidence – or is there a deeper connection stretching across the centuries? Dan Adams investigates. Lesson by Dan Adams, animation by Globizco.
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Many psychiatric tests and methods are used in order to find out what is going on in the patient’s head. Here are two simple questions that can be answered only by a person with schizophrenia or by an extraordinary genius person. Subscribe to Bright Side : https://goo.gl/rQTJZz ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Our Social Media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brightside/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brightgram/ 5-Minute Crafts Youtube: https://www.goo.gl/8JVmuC  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For more videos and articles visit: http://www.brightside.me/
How did Hitler rise to power? - Alex Gendler and Anthony Hazard 05:37
How did Hitler rise to power? - Alex Gendler and Anthony Hazard
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View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-did-hitler-rise-to-power-alex-gendler-and-anthony-hazard Decades after the fall of the Third Reich, it feels impossible to understand how Adolf Hitler, the tyrant who orchestrated one of the largest genocides in human history, could ever have risen to power in a democratic country. So how did it happen, and could it happen again? Alex Gendler and Anthony Hazard dive into the history and circumstances that allowed Hitler to become Führer of Germany. Lesson by Alex Gendler and Anthony Hazard, animation by Uncle Ginger.
The world’s most mysterious book - Stephen Bax 04:43
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View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-world-s-most-mysterious-book-stephen-bax Deep inside Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library lies a 240 page tome. Recently carbon dated to around 1420, its pages feature looping handwriting and hand drawn images seemingly stolen from a dream. It is called the Voynich manuscript, and it’s one of history’s biggest unsolved mysteries. The reason why? No one can figure out what it says. Stephen Bax investigates this cryptic work. Lesson by Stephen Bax, animation by TED-Ed.
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The myth behind the Chinese zodiac - Megan Campisi and Pen-Pen Chen
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View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-myth-behind-the-chinese-zodiac-megan-campisi-and-pen-pen-chen What’s your sign? In Western astrology, it’s a constellation determined by when your birthday falls in the calendar. But according to the Chinese zodiac (生肖), it’s your shuxiang, meaning the animal assigned to your birth year. Of the many myths explaining these animal signs and their arrangement, the most enduring one is that of The Great Race. Megan Campisi and Pen-Pen Chen recounts this classic myth. Lesson by Megan Campisi and Pen-Pen Chen, animation by Marta Prokopová.
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View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-history-of-tea-shunan-teng Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world after water –– and from sugary Turkish Rize tea to salty Tibetan butter tea, there are almost as many ways of preparing the beverage as there are cultures on the globe. Where did this beverage originate, and how did it become so popular? Shunan Teng details tea’s long history. Lesson by Shunan Teng, animation by Steff Lee.
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In ancient Rome, Vestal Virgins were tasked with keeping vigil over the flame of Vesta, the virgin goddess of the hearth. The flame represented two things: the continuation of Rome as a power in the world and the continuing virginity of Vesta’s priestesses. But what was life really like for these Vestal Virgins? Peta Greenfield goes back in time to find out.

Lesson by Peta Greenfield, animation by Kozmonot Animation Studio.
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