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  • Dec 14 / 2017
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Classical Literature

Scholars and Warriors: John Roy Stewart

“Jacobites, 1745” by John Pettie

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB and John Priest, B.A Cert. Min

Introduction

This series, which we are calling “Scholars and Warriors”, hopes to challenge a modern-day stereotype: the idea that a man must either like poetry and literature or be interested in sports or fighting, never both. Men who like poetry are too often seen as effeminate or weak, and the ones who like sports or martial arts are seen as brainless hooligans. People today often don’t realize that it’s possible to like both, even though in earlier periods these things often went hand in hand. Continue Reading

  • Dec 12 / 2017
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Classical Literature

HAPPY ENDINGS – Chapter Two

“Young couple in a rural tavern” by Giacomo Francesco Cipper

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

At that moment, a customer sitting next to Romeo asked:

– Pardon? Are you talking to me?

– What? No. I think you must have heard wrong, sir – answered the innkeeper.

– Sorry. I thought I heard someone pronounce my name. My name is Paris. Continue Reading

  • Dec 07 / 2017
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Book, Film, and TV Reviews

Carmenta TV Review: Vikings ★★★★☆

TV series: Vikings

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Vikings is a historical drama TV series written and created by Michael Hirst for the History Channel, and it’s one of the best series I’ve seen in the past few years. In fact, I’m sure classics enthusiasts will have the time of their life watching this fascinating historical series. As always, though, the show has both good and bad points, which I’ll be addressing in this review. Continue Reading

  • Dec 05 / 2017
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Classical Literature

HAPPY ENDINGS – Chapter One

“Young couple in a rural tavern” by Giacomo Francesco Cipper

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Before one accuses the author of anachronism and incoherence, I beg you to give me leave to commit those two deadly sins for a writer, because this tale could not be written otherwise. Therefore, I must make it absolutely clear that you will hear dialogues between characters who lived in different ages, spoke different languages and would never have met! At the end of this narrative, you will understand the reason. Continue Reading

  • Nov 30 / 2017
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Latin

Mind Maps: A Great Strategy for Language Learning

Mind map

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

Most of my life I have been an avid enthusiast of language learning, both modern and ancient. So far I have achieved an advanced level in English, Portuguese, Latin, Mandarin, Spanish, French, Italian, and German; I have a working knowledge of Danish, Hebrew, Ancient Greek, and Sanskrit; and I’m in the early stages of learning Old English and Old Norse. Continue Reading

  • Nov 23 / 2017
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Book, Film, and TV Reviews

Carmenta Film Review: The Emperor’s Club ★★★★★

Screen shot from the movie “The Emperor’s Club”

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

Right off the bat, I want to say that “The Emperor’s Club” is one of the best classics-related films I’ve ever seen. Every classicist should watch it! The story is set mostly at a fictional boys’ prep school, St. Benedict’s Academy, near Washington, D.C. Among its main characters are Mr. Hundert, the passionate classics teacher, Sedgewick, the arrogant son of a politician, and the Indian-American boy Deepak. In the movie the school holds an event called the Mr. Julius Caesar Contest, in which the competitors answer classics-related questions. Continue Reading

  • Nov 21 / 2017
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Ancient World

Classical Interviews: Homer

“Homer and His Guide” by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

 

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 in the history of mankind. His epic poems will be forever remembered as universal masterpieces. That’s right! I’m talking about Homer. The problem is that our guest didn’t feel comfortable talking much about his personal life, so I can’t solve the “Homeric question”. Sorry, folks! Continue Reading

  • 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

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