Parallel Lives: Rallying for Causes—Centuries Apart

My love for the Classics, especially Latin began in ninth grade, with my first Latin class. I just loved everything about the language—from the declensions to the subjunctive to the four purpose clauses. So, as I thought about the themes for 2017-2018, I looked through the ancient Greek and Roman topics I had covered in […]

February in DIG: The Powerful Ganges River

Revealed for you in this issue are the facts, myths, and discoveries that have made the powerful Ganges River the center of the universe for countless people through the millennia.   Even though I have done several issues on Indian history through the years, the Ganges River was a topic that excited and scared me! […]

DIG is looking at “Beijing Through Time”

This month in DIG, we are taking a fascinating, engaging, and informative look at the history of China’s capital city of Beijing—from past to present.   Have you ever wondered how an issue of DIG gets put together? Editor Rosalie Baker is ready to tell you:   “For the past few years, I have focused […]

The Olympics: A Look Back

When we—the editors of DIG, COBBLESTONE, FACES, and MUSE—met to discuss a theme for a 2016 issue that would work well across all four magazines, the Olympics came to mind almost immediately. Rio de Janeiro had already been chosen as the site, and the topic was one that could be approached from many angles. I […]

Year One along the Silk Road

One morning, a few months ago, I was checking my emails as usual, when I saw one from Elizabeth ten Grotenhuis. I had worked with Elizabeth on several issues of Dig in the past and always enjoyed the experience. Elizabeth always had great ideas – this time, she was suggesting a theme for an issue—Year […]

Digging Up the Dirt on Roman Africa

Rome! The Roman Empire! Yes, I wanted to include both in the 2015-2016 theme list, but how to do it was my question. I needed a theme that touched areas I had not in earlier issues. I also wanted a theme that helped readers understand just how Rome expanded—not just that it did expand. A […]

China’s Mythical Rulers

“China’s Mythical Rulers”—now that sounded intriguing! As a Classics major, I knew well the myths of the ancient Mediterranean world, but not so much about the myths of ancient China. Over the years, we had focused several issues of Dig Into History on China’s dynasties and a few on specific cities, including the Forbidden City. […]