History Schmistory: When In Rome

“When in Rome do as the Romans do” is a commonly used idiom. An example of its use in a conversation would go something like this:

Person #1: “I refuse to try that sushi!”
Person #2: “C’mon, try it! When in Rome do as the Romans do.” which means, when in a new place behave like they do.

We may understand the meaning of the saying but do we know the origin of it? Well, it all started back in the 16th century when Saint Ambrose, bishop of Milan gave some good advice to Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo. Saint Augustine had asked Saint Ambrose if they should fast on Saturdays, like the Romans did. Ambrose replied by saying, “When I am here, I do not fast on Saturday; when I am in Rome, I fast on Saturday.” Of course he said this in Latin but that’s beside the point. Eventually this turned into the phrase that we know today. So when in Rome, fare come i romani!

History Schmistory, June 24: Dance Dance Revolution!

1374 – A sudden outbreak of St. John’s Dance caused people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion.This phenomena, know as “Dancing Mania” spread throughout Europe over the next few decades.

And still continues to effect “victims” all over the world today…

 

 

Featured Video: Louis XVI Takes a Selfie

MarcoNaut, Matt, telling us about his experience at Versailles!

http://youtu.be/CvMSYV_acpE

History Schmistory, June 16: Wait, She Didn’t Die?

1567 – Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned in Lochleven Castle prison in Scotland. While we had mentioned in a previous “History Schmistory” that Monty Python says Ms. Mary dies, we were on a mission to find the REAL story. Take that Monty!

In case you missed it, here’s another clip of Mr. Python’s take on the Q of S….

All The Countries of the World!

Check out our brand-spankin’-new video featuring EVERY COUNTRY on the PLANET!!

Baseball is back!

America’s greatest gift to the world : )

Happy April Fools’ Day!

Marco goes out for a walk on April Fool’s Day. Bad idea…

April Fools Prank on Marco Polo!

A mean guy steals Marco’s wig for April Fool’s Day.

Viral Marco: A really cute kid speaks French!

April Fool’s Week on Team Marco Polo

Who would prank Marco Polo?

Previous Older Entries