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  • Oct 18 / 2018
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Education

Learning Sanskrit through Latin

Rig Veda in Sanskrit on paper, India, early 19th c.

 

By André Bastos Gurgel

When I wrote last week that I was learning Akkadian through Latin, I received quite a few messages from people who admired my initiative. Only one person thought that I was crazy, but who cares? Anyway, today I’ll show that I wasn’t the first person to think of learning an ancient language through another ancient language. Continue Reading

  • Oct 11 / 2018
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Education

Languages to Learn After Latin

Language books

 

By André Bastos Gurgel

When students have mastered all aspects of the Latin language and read a variety of Latin texts, many are eager to move on to the romance languages. Believe me, the moment that you have mastered Latin and have read more complex authors like Vergil and Ovid, you are ready to learn any of the languages that originated after the fall of the Roman Empire. Continue Reading

  • Oct 04 / 2018
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Book, Film, and TV Reviews

Carmenta Film Review: Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969 version) ★★★★★

Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969)

 

By André Bastos Gurgel

Goodbye, Mr. Chips was recommended to me by two different tutors of mine years ago. It’s the story of a Latin teacher’s long career in an English public school and the lasting effect that he has on his students. This past weekend I finally got around to watching the 1969 version. At first I was disappointed, thinking to myself, “Oh no! Another boring musical with a stupid plot and the usual happy ending.” Continue Reading

  • Oct 02 / 2018
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Education

Learning the Akkadian Language by Way of Latin

Mosaic floor with the Latin word “Salve”

 

By André Bastos Gurgel

When I started learning Latin, my tutor proposed that we speak Latin during the class. Many people believe that the whole concept of speaking Latin is nonsense. After all, why speak a dead language? The response is obvious for anyone who has spoken Latin – conversing in Latin is extremely helpful for understanding Latin grammar and essential for learning Latin vocabulary. Continue Reading

  • Sep 25 / 2018
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Book, Film, and TV Reviews

Carmenta Book Review: Asterix and the Laurel Wreath ★★★★★

Asterix and the Laurel Wreath

 

By André Bastos Gurgel

If you’ve read the Carmenta blog before, you may know how crazy I am about Asterix comic books. In fact, I would give five stars to pretty much all the books whose text was written by Goscinny. I actually wish I could give “Asterix and the Laurel Wreath”, the subject of this article, six stars instead of only five since it’s one of Goscinny’s best works. Continue Reading

  • Sep 20 / 2018
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Book, Film, and TV Reviews

Carmenta Poem Review: Poem 11 from Horace’s Odes

Horace, portrayed by Giacomo Di Chirico

 

By André Bastos Gurgel

If you aren’t a teacher or a classics student, you may have never heard of the eleventh poem in Horace’s Odes. On the other hand, almost everyone has heard the famous Latin phrase “Carpe diem”, which first appeared in this work. “Carpe Diem” could be translated as “Seize the day” or “Enjoy the day”, and since appearing in the popular film Dead Poets Society, it has become a popular saying among the general population. Continue Reading

  • Sep 18 / 2018
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Book, Film, and TV Reviews

Carmenta Film Review: Imperator ★★★★☆

Screen shot from the Polish film “Imperator” by Konrad Łęcki

 

By André Bastos Gurgel

There have been a number of movies to date that have featured Latin dialogue: in 1964, the 10-minute long “Boy of Ancient Rome” was released, which, though narrated in English, had 100% Latin dialogue, and we also get some Latin dialogue in Mel Gibson’s Passion of Christ. That having been said, Imperator is the first film ever made that is entirely in Latin. Continue Reading

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