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  • Dec 30 / 2014
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Ancient Greek

Is the Legend of the Golden Fleece Based on Fact?

Jason takes the Fleece a detail from Athenian red figure clay vase

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

Did you know that the Ancient Greek legend of Jason and the Argonauts’ quest for the Golden Fleece may have been based on a real expedition to an ancient kingdom on the Black Sea? Read all about it in this article from the Archaeology News Network and found out if the legend is a real! Continue Reading

  • Dec 26 / 2014
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Latin

Canace’s Epistle to Macareus in Ovid’s Heroides: Victim of Immorality or Misfortune?

Suicide of Canace by Octavien de Saint-Gelais 1496-1498

 

by Rebecca Gove, M.A.T.

The majority of Ovid’s Heroides depict women who have been victimized by their lovers in ways that demand vindication and vengeance, yet in Canace’s epistle to Macareus, this quality has been replaced by a deep sorrow and self-pity in the heroine that is not directed at her lover at all. While it seems obvious that Ovid would include a tone of admonishment or condemnation for Canace’s incestuous affair with her brother, these are absent from his 11th epistle, yet found prominently in his treatment of Myrrha found in the Metamorphoses. Continue Reading

  • Dec 23 / 2014
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Latin

Saturnalia: Romans’ Favorite Holiday in December

A photo from Christmas decorations

 

by Amy Vail, Ph.D.

Listen to Carmenta instructor Dr. Amy Vail and Baylor’s Prof. David White in their interview with Evan Dawson from WXXI News about Saturnalia, the Romans’ favorite December holiday. How similar are the traditions of Christmas and the Saturnalia? Click on the link and find out! Merry Christmas to everyone…or for all you Romans out there, Felicem Saturnaliam! Continue Reading

  • Dec 19 / 2014
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Latin

Sexuality and Role-Reversal in Ovid’s Heroides I and XI

Odysseus and Penelope by Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein

 

by Rebecca Gove, M.A.T.

Sexuality is a complex issue that, like a multi-faceted gem, can have many different sides and can reflect back on itself in various dimensions. In Ovid’s Heroides, the sexuality of women is particularly emphasized and presents an interesting dichotomy between the typical Roman matrona and the virgo. Penelope, as exemplified by both Homer and Ovid, is the epitome of what the Greeks and Romans would have wanted in a wife and mother, while Canace is the exact opposite because she is not only unmarried and pregnant, but also because she slept with her own brother. Continue Reading

  • Dec 16 / 2014
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Ancient Greek

New Ancient Burial Ground Found in Platamonas, Greece

Photos from the excavations in Platamonas northern Greece

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

Check out this amazing new archaeological discovery in northern Greece! Excavations in Platamonas, Pieria, have unearthed an ancient settlement and burial ground that belongs in the late Bronze Age, around 1500 B.C. Read this great article by Philip Chrysopoulos from the Greek Reporter and learn all about it! Continue Reading

  • Dec 05 / 2014
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Ancient Greek

Skeleton Found Inside Limestone Sarcophagus in Amphipolis

The limestone sarcophagus of the Amphipolis tomb

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

The new discovery of a limestone sarcophagus with a complete human skeleton inside the Kasta Hill tomb in Amphipolis, Greece, brings archaeologists closer to solving the mystery of the monument. Who was buried there? A king? Could it be Alexander the Great? Read the article by April Holloway to learn more! Continue Reading