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  • 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

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

Carmenta Book Review: Asterix and the Chariot Race ★★★★☆

Cover of “Asterix and the Chariot Race”

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Most of us are already familiar with the adventures of Asterix the Gaul and his companion Obelix. The series was created by Goscinny and Uderzo in 1959 and is considered the most successful European cartoon in history. Goscinny died in 1978, but Uderzo continued to create Asterix comics until 2012, when he handed the baton to other talented artists. Continue Reading

  • Jan 11 / 2018
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Ancient World

Spartacus: the Man and the Myth

Spartacus sculpture, Louvre Museum

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

When one thinks of Spartacus, the first words that come to mind are “freedom fighter”, “revolutionary”, “selfless hero”, etc. But in reality these appellations would be more appropriate to describe Spartacus the myth rather than the real historical character who led the famous slave rebellion known as the Third Servile War. Continue Reading

  • Jan 09 / 2018
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Ancient World

Classical Interviews: Augustus (In Latin!)

Bust of Augustus

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Q: Ave, Auguste. Gratias ago! Mihi gaudio est tecum colloqui, o pater patriae. Quid de tuo regno novo nobis dicere potes?

(Ave, Auguste. Thanks for receiving us so soon. It’s a great pleasure to interview you, o father of the homeland. What can you tell us about your new life as a ruler?) Continue Reading

  • Jan 05 / 2018
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Ancient World

Tears and Perfume

“Myrrha and Cinyras” by Virgil Solis

 

By Susi Ferrarello, Ph.D.

Tears and Shame

“I cried so much that I feel empty inside. I’m tired of all these tears. They weigh like rocks upon my cheeks,” a client of mine said to me. Continue Reading

  • Jan 03 / 2018
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Classical Literature

HAPPY ENDINGS – Chapter Five

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

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

In a moment the inn was plunged into darkness, and countless black-clad spirits rushed in. For those who don’t know, Belfagor was one of the most powerful fallen angels and a character in a novel by Machiavelli. At the end of this work, the demon realized why love was the best supplier of souls for Hell. Just think of the thousands of crimes of passion that take place every year around the world! Belfagor looked at Cupid and said: Continue Reading

  • Dec 29 / 2017
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Ancient World

Scholars and Warriors: Cao Cao

Screen shot from “Cao Cao's War Poem”

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

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 27 / 2017
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Classical Literature

HAPPY ENDINGS – Chapter Four

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

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

The other men felt a great upwelling of feeling as Don Giovanni spoke. They realized that they should be loyal to their ideals of true love and monogamy, even if their wives were untamed shrews. On the other hand, they couldn’t deny there was a bitter truth in the words of the well-known libertine. Romeo was about to deliver a speech defending his ideals, when Leporello addressed his lord: Continue Reading

  • Dec 21 / 2017
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Ancient World

A Myth from the Icelandic Sagas Becomes Reality!

“The Mountain” from Game of Thrones

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

In the modern age we often hear about deeds performed by our ancestors which we, as rational human beings, attribute to legend. Americans must have heard about the deeds of the pilgrim Daniel Boone who, legend says, was able to cut down trees with his bare hands. On the other hand, what happens when we see one of those myths becomereality before our own eyes? Continue Reading

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