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  • Nov 16 / 2017
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Book, Film, and TV Reviews

Carmenta TV Review: Outlander ★★★★☆

Screenshot of the movie “Outlander”

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

I first became interested in Scottish history after a trip to Edinburgh last year. In fact, when I learned about the Jacobite Risings and the Battle of Culloden, I thought they would make a great TV series! So I was thrilled when I heard they had made a series that referenced these aspects of Scottish history. I soon found out that “Outlander” wasn’t just an historical drama, but also a romance and time travel adventure. So, without further ado, let’s discuss the good and bad points of the show and why I chose to give it four stars. Continue Reading

  • Nov 14 / 2017
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Ancient World

Classical Interviews: Emperor Augustus

The statue known as the Augustus of Prima

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

This series of fictitious interviews is based on the Italian writer Papini’s novel Gog. In it, the main character interviews contemporary celebrities, like Freud and Einstein. In this series I’ve done the same thing, but with well-known personalities from the ancient Greek and Roman world. In today’s interview, I feel honored to interview Rome’s first emperor and Caesar’s adoptive son. Continue Reading

  • Nov 09 / 2017
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Ancient World

Classical Interviews: Vergil

“Virgil Reading the Aeneid to Augustus, Octavia, and Livia” by Jean-Baptiste Wicar

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

This is one in a series of interviews with well-known personalities from the ancient Greek and Roman world. Today I feel honored to interview one of the greatest epic poets in the history of mankind, Vergil! Continue Reading

  • Nov 07 / 2017
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Ancient World

Ancient China’s Battle of Red Cliffs

The Battle of Red Cliffs

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

This article is one in a series of great ancient stories from outside the Greco-Roman world. You’re probably familiar with the tale of Leonidas and his three hundred Spartans, right? Today I will be talking about a similar event that took place in Ancient China in which a small army resisted a much bigger one. In my opinion, the moral of these stories is — it’s not only force that counts on the battlefield; war is a game of wits, as is life! Continue Reading

  • Nov 02 / 2017
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Ancient World

Classical Interviews: Cicero

Bust of Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

This article is one in a series of fictitious interviews with important figures from the ancient Roman and Greek worlds. The concept of made-up interviews first appeared in the writings of the Italian novelist Giuseppe Papini, though he “interviewed” people from more recent times. Today’s interview is with the greatest Roman orator and perhaps one of the greatest speech writers in the world, Marcus Tullius Cicero! Continue Reading

  • Oct 31 / 2017
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Latin

Claudian: an Overlooked Writer

Olympus: The Fall of the Giants by Francisco Bayeu

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

Have you ever heard of the Roman writer Claudian? If you haven’t, you can’t be blamed since he’s been mostly ignored, not having lived in the so-called “Golden Age of Latin Literature”. I found out about him totally by chance when I was researching writers from the late empire. As you may know, at Carmenta we make an effort to rehabilitate good Latin writers who may have been overlooked simply because of the time when they were born, and so in this article I’ll do my best to give you the main points. Continue Reading

  • Oct 26 / 2017
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Ancient World

Classical Interviews: Horace

“Horace reads before Maecenas”, by Fyodor Bronnikov

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

I first got the idea for these made-up interviews from the novel Gog by the Italian writer Giovanni Papini, though his “interviews” were with people a bit more contemporary. Today I will be interviewing one of the greatest poets not only of Rome but also of all time, in my humble opinion. Continue Reading

  • Oct 24 / 2017
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Classical Literature

Sherlock Holmes: Detective, Linguist, and Scholar

Statue of Sherlock Holmes, London

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

We are all familiar with Conan Doyle’s greatest character, the inimitable Sherlock Holmes. In the following article, I will be pointing out an aspect of this character you may have missed, that he wasn’t just a master detective, but he was also a man who cared about classics and literature. Continue Reading

  • Oct 19 / 2017
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Ancient World

Classical Interviews: Emperor Tiberius

Statue of Tiberius from Priverno

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

This is one in a series of interviews with well-known personalities from the ancient Greek and Roman world. Today I feel honoured to interview Rome’s second emperor and Augustus’ adopted son, Tiberius. Continue Reading

  • Oct 17 / 2017
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Ancient World

The Chinese Trojan Horse

China's Terracotta Warriors

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

Today I would like to share a story which I heard from my Chinese tutor: the tale of Gou Jian and the Chinese Trojan Horse. Continue Reading

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