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  • Feb 22 / 2018
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Ancient World

Enemies of Rome: the Gauls

The Gauls in Rome

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

In this series of articles I’ll be shining a light on Rome’s greatest enemies. Over the centuries the Romans fought wars against a variety of peoples who refused to be integrated into the Roman world. Today’s article is about the Gauls. Continue Reading

  • Feb 16 / 2018
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Ancient World

Carmenta Classical Interview: Athena

Bust of Athena

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

I’m having a great time here in Olympus! After interviewing Zeus, I thought I should interview someone else from his family, and imagine my surprise when the next moment I spotted a goddess in armor playing with an owl, Zeus’ daughter Athena! Continue Reading

  • Feb 14 / 2018
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Ancient World

From Lupercalia to Carnival: The February Festivals

“The Lupercalian Festival in Rome”, drawing by the circle of Adam Elsheimer

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Ancient civilizations had various festivals throughout the year. Such events were usually aimed at pleasing the gods, perhap to obtain a good harvest or just to celebrate the birth of a god. Even today, these celebrations survive in the form of holidays like Mardi Gras and Carnival. The festivals held by the Romans in the month of Februarius (February) were very different from these modern festivities, but there are still similarities. Continue Reading

  • Feb 08 / 2018
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Book, Film, and TV Reviews

Carmenta TV Review: Spartacus ★★★☆☆

Screenshot for the TV series “Spartacus”

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

The tale of Spartacus, the gladiator who led the Third Servile War against Rome, has been adapted many times for movies, ballet, and TV. Some of these adaptations are quite good, like the 1960 movie “Spartacus”, with Kirk Douglas in the title role, and the Prokofiev ballet of the same name. There are adaptions that have not been so good, though, and the 2011 TV series “Spartacus” is one of them. In order to explain why I gave this series only 3 stars, I will weigh the good and bad points. Continue Reading

  • Feb 06 / 2018
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Book, Film, and TV Reviews

Carmenta TV Review: Roman Empire: Reign of Blood ★★★★★

Screenshot for the TV miniseries “Rome, Reign of Blood”

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Roman Empire: Reign of Blood is a 2016 Netflix series based on the life of Emperor Commodus. I must say, this is one of the best series I saw last year. Unfortunately, most producers and scriptwriters think only the Julio-Claudian emperors are worthy of a film or TV series. That’s why most of the general public have never heard of emperors like Galba, Commodus and Marcus Aurelius. Continue Reading

  • Feb 01 / 2018
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Ancient World

Classical Interviews: Zeus

Statue of Zeus, Louvre Museum

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

A funny thing happened when I met Archimedes. Before interviewing the Syracusan genius, he suggested taking me on a tour to see all his amazing inventions built to ward off the Romans from his beloved homeland. When I saw a catapult, I asked him to show me how it worked, but I wasn’t expecting him to actually cut the rope and throw me many stadia away! Continue Reading

  • Jan 25 / 2018
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Classical Literature

Y Gododdin: An Overlooked Epic Poem

Edinburgh Castle

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

When classicists think of epic poems, the Iliad or the Aeneid are often the first that come to mind. The Greeks and Romans have contributed a number of jewels to world literature, but we shouldn’t overlook the poetry produced by other great civilizations. It’s time that classics departments throughout the world started giving these works the attention they deserve. Continue Reading

  • Jan 23 / 2018
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Education

Interview with Carmenta’s Erik Ogle, Master of More than 20 Languages

Carmenta polyglot instructor Erik Ogle

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Q: When did you first become interested in languages?
A: Although I grew up hearing both Swedish and English around the house, I don’t think I really got interested in actively learning other languages until I started taking French in the 6th grade and, around the same time, was given an old copy (1910 edition) of Bennet’s Latin Grammar by my grandmother. Continue Reading

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