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  • Nov 29 / 2016
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Latin

Top 10 Strangest Deaths of Roman Emperors

Roman emperor Tiberius

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

Between 27 BC and AD 476, the Roman Empire was ruled by 77 emperors. Most of them didn’t enjoy a long reign – 33 of these emperors were murdered, while others died in battle and several killed themselves. Click to see the list of the ten strangest deaths of Roman Emperors. Continue Reading

  • Nov 24 / 2016
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Latin

The Correct Latin Pronunciation: Classical or Ecclesiastical?

A fresco portrait of Ovid by Luca Signorelli

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

The title question has been puzzling people for as long as anyone can remember. Teachers, students, and scholars who have dedicated their lives to the study of the language of the ancient Romans have been asking themselves this forever. So then, is there a perfect pronunciation of Latin that can tell us how Cicero, Caesar, and Tacitus would have spoken their mother tongue? Continue Reading

  • Nov 22 / 2016
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Latin

1,800-Year-Old Map of Rome Gets Back a Missing Piece

1,800-Year-Old Map of Rome Gets Back a Missing Piece

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

An 1,800-year-old map of Rome called the Forma Urbis Romae is a gargantuan map of Rome, originally made between the years 203-211 AD. Researchers have tried to piece together this huge ancient map. Till now they have only been able to gather around 10-12 percent of the total façade. But recently experts discovered a new large fragment, and it seems to fit! Continue Reading

  • Nov 17 / 2016
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Classical Literature

Overlooked Literature Series – SANSKRIT

The classical literature of India written in the Sanskrit language

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

There are many classical languages that have contributed a great deal to world literature. However, many of these great works have been neglected for many years. They are rarely translated, and publishers do not seem to be interested in promoting the ideas of men who lived a thousand years ago in some of the more obscure parts of the planet. Continue Reading

  • Nov 10 / 2016
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Ancient Greek

The Face of the Famed Mycenaean ‘Griffin Warrior’ is Reconstructed from His Seal Depiction

The face of the famed Mycenaean ‘Griffin Warrior’ is reconstructed from his seal depiction

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

The 3500-year old Mycenaean ‘Griffin Warrior’ grave found in Pylos (in October 2015) was filled with over 1,400 precious objects. Researchers from the University of Witwatersrand of Johannesburg recently reconstructed the face of the presumably renowned warrior with the aid of a depiction on an ancient seal discovered inside the tomb. Continue Reading

  • Nov 03 / 2016
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Book, Film, and TV Reviews

Carmenta Book Review:
TROY: A Tragedy of a Movie!!!
★★☆☆☆

Image for Troy movie

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

SPOILER ALERT!

I remember back in 2004 being thrilled that Hollywood had decided to adapt the Iliad into a movie. I was very naïve back then, and so I thought they might do Homer at least partial justice. The movie was very well received by the general public, making almost $500 million worldwide, but it failed to understand what the Iliad actually teaches us. Now, allow me to explain the movie’s good and bad points and why I have given it only 2 stars. Continue Reading

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