Monday, July 15, 2019

Caesar's Ancient World Alexa Skill Now Illustrated!


I received word from Amazon that the newest version of my FREE educational Alexa skill, "Caesar's Ancient World" has been certified. This latest version of the skill includes 280 images of ancient art from almost 100 institutions worldwide for those of you with Alexa-enabled devices with displays like the Echo Show, Echo Spot and FireTV. Of course the voice-only version remains available for those with regular Echos or Echo Dots. 

I have redesigned the interface so you can now just ask Caesar what you would like to talk about and he will reply with narrative including sound effects. You can say things like "I want to know more about chariot racing" or "Tell me more about your greatest victory" or "I'm interested in gladiators". If you can't think of anything just say "I don't know" or "I can't think of anything" and he'll suggest a topic! 

Caesar is now capable of discussing fifty different topics including:

adoption (Roman)
Alesia (battle)
ancestor worship
assassination
Brutus
Caesarion
Calpurnia
Cato
chariot racing
childhood (Roman)
Cicero
Cleopatra
crucifixion
defeats
dictator
Dyrrhachium (battle)
entertainment (Roman)
famous battles
flamen dialis
food
funerals
Gauls
Gergovia (battle)
gladiators
Great Library of Alexandria
horseback riding
marriage (Roman)
military punishment
military service
naumachia
Octavian
Pharsalus (battle)
pirates
political rivals
Pompey
pontifex maximus
priesthoods
private life (Roman)
public life (Roman) 
punishing the wealthy
punishment
religion
rhetoric
senate (Roman)
slavery (Roman)
sword training
triumph 
vestals
victories
woman Caesar knew



His discussion of the introduction of naumachia as a new entertainment type for Roman audiences is the newest subject I have introduced. 

I think this skill is suitable for Middle School students and above. I have selected appropriate images with those students in mind. 

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