Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the most important person that was ever born. I am going to summarize his life in this essay.

His life began when Mary, a Jewish virgin, was visited by an angel. He told her that she would be the one to give birth to the son of God. Mary and her betrothed husband, Joseph, traveled to Bethlehem because of the casus. Jesus was born in a manger in Bethlehem. We know he had at least four brothers. When he was twelve he was in the temple preaching to the Jewish priests!

We know he grew up as a carpenter’s son, Joseph,  and became good in structure. His father died when he was young.

When Jesus was thirty he began to preach about the gospel. He picked twelve men to be his disciples.

After many months of teaching, maybe years, he was crucified. He was laid in a tomb. During his teachings he had said that he would resurrect himself, so there was a guard placed in front of his tomb so that his disciples wouldn’t steal his body and say it was resurrected. Jesus was dead for three days. On the third morning (Easter Sunday) he rose from the dead! He began to teach for a while longer until he went back to heaven.


Flavian Dynasty

The Flavian dynasty was started by a Roman soldier named Vespasian. He was at war when the Roman Senate called upon him to come back to Rome and restore order. They called upon Vespasian because he was head of the army at the time.

Originally Vespasian’s family was part of a class of Romans named the Equestrian class. But because of their military accomplishments they were able to move up the line socially.

In 70 AD, Jerusalem was destroyed by Titus, Vespasians son. The war against Jerusalem had been started by Vespasian himself, but he had to return to Rome to become next emperor.

When Vespasian died, Titus became king, or emperor. This was very important and unique because this was the first time in Roman history that a biological son actually took over the power as emperor after his father, and was actually successful.

Titus reigned for about 2-3 years before he died of a massive fever.

Domitian was the next and final Flavian emperor. He was Titus’ brother and he reigned for about 15  years, from 69-96 AD.  He was actually assassinated by the senate because they thought he was a tyrant.

That is the beginning and end of the Flavian dynasty.



During the reign of Titus (a Roman emperor), in 79 AD the volcano erupted and covered Pompeii. This was the largest recorded eruption in this part of Europe and killed thousands of people. For years the city lay unexcavated, but is now uncovered and lays as an archeological site.

History of Pompeii

The city was founded near modern-day Naples, by the Oscans but was finally conquered as a Roman city in 80 BC. The city held about 20 thousand people and had a amphitheater, gymnasium, and many other luxuries. It was a vacation spot for the richer people of Rome. It was known for its immoral, and debauched cultur.

Volcano eruption

Mt. Vesuvis erupted on Augest 24, 79 AD. The heat from the volcano (482 F) could instantly kill anything within six miles of the mountain.

An eyewitness account

We have an eyewitness account by Pliny the Younger. This is remembered as the first news reporting situation, as he wrote this historical event down for later people to know what truly happened. He was on a boat in the Bay of Naples when the eruption happened, therefore had a great view of this event. The volcanic ash cloud covered the surrounding cities for three whole days, making it as dark as night during that period. Pompeii was buried 13 feet deep, not from the ground, but 13 feet deep above the highest buildings. The eruption blew the top off the mountain and caused a mud flow that destroyed the nearby city, Herculaneum. These two cities were never ever able to be rebuilt and inhabitable, so the people of Rome actually forgot about them. They were forgotten until we found and recovered them.


The artifacts and discoveries made from Pompeii have helped us understand more about Romans, their culture and their way of life. The lifestyle of the Romans straight down to their clothes, food, and houses were well preserved during the aftermath of the eruption.


If I was ship wrecked and trapped on an island

If I was stuck on an island and I had to make my own tools and get my own supplies I would probably last about a week. I’m going to pretend that the island I got stuck on had a bunch of coconut trees, a dense forest, and wild animals. The first thing I would do is try to salvage anything I could from my wrecked ship. This would contain maybe some silverware, cloth, maybe full sets of clothing, some long-lasting food, and anything I could find that is healthy to drink. I would then make myself a little hut. This would be a simple task at first and then I would make it better the longer I lived and lasted on the island.

Making my ‘hut’

I’d first find three large logs, or sticks, and some tall grass. Assume I got some cloth, a needle, and some string from my ship. I would sew up the cloth together the best I could making about two layers, to keep out the rain. Then with the long pieces of grass, I’d wind them together and tie off the ends. I would then set up one log standing straight up and another on top. With my grass rope I would tightly tie them together making them as stable as I could. I’d then lay them down gently on their sides and dig a hole big and deep enough for the bottom log to fit inside. Then I would stick it inside of the hole and push the dirt, or sand, back in and pack it tightly around the log. It would then look something like a cross. Then I would lay the cloth over it and make a roof. I’d roll the two other logs evenly as I can, on the sides of the pole. I’d wrap the cloth underneath  the logs, and there you have a simple hut, or tent.

Getting food

To get food I would make more rope out of the tall grass. But this time I’d make it so that the rope was thin, so it would be harder to see, but still strong. I’d grab two large sticks and then go into the forest. I’d first make a ladder out of two logs, some grass rope, and some stable sticks. I then would dig a deep and wide hole. Let’s pretend that I used my hands and some rocks and sticks to dig this. Then with the two sticks and my thinner grass rope I’d pound the sticks into the ground with a rock, and tie the ends of the grass rope around them. This would make a trip wire. Which I would put right in front  of the pit. That way  when an animal trips on my wire it falls into the pit and is stuck.

Making knifes out of wood

To make a knife out of wood for cutting meat and protection is really simple. I’d get a good size stick and a sharp rock. I’d scrape the rock against my stick and make it smooth and sharp at the tip. To make it more sanitary for cutting my food, wash it. I’d do this by using some of the clean water I got from my ship, and some soap, also from the ship. I’d clean it as well as I could. Now for the handle, I’d make a bunch of grass rope and wrap it tightly around the bottom half of my knife. I’d do the same but to bigger sticks for spears and sharp poles. I could use these for fishing.

That’s what I would do at the start to try and survive on an island.


Roman Houses

The poorest people in Rome lived in small apartment rooms in different buildings around the city. These rooms were usually crowded, small, dirty, and were not very well-built so there were small chances of collapse. The houses did not have any water or kitchens, and fires were not allowed to be used because the houses were built close together and they did not want any chances of a fire starting and burning down a whole block. Most cheap homes didn’t even come with bathrooms, and so the Romans would have to go to the public bath houses. These were very public and you had to pay a fee to get in. Most poor people had to use a bucket of water to clean themselves, and that’s all.

Only the Richest Romans could afford a town home. These were spacious and luxurious and vastly different from the small apartments. They included an atrium in the center and included several specific living areas.

So you see that being rich or poor mattered if you wanted to be comfortable.