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  • Apr 28 / 2015
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Ancient Greek

The Myth of the Trojan War

Achilles fights Hector, bowl for mixing wine and water made in Athens about 500-480 BC


Posted by Magister Andrew

Read this great article (with beautiful accompanying photos) in which the British Museum describes the main lines of the myth of the Trojan War through a series of key scenes as depicted on Greek vases currently in its collection. Continue Reading

  • Apr 24 / 2015
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The Parthenon Through Time

Screen shot from the video The Parthenon Through Time


Posted by Magister Andrew

Despite repeated abuse and the lapse of about 25 centuries, the Parthenon still stands as a monument and symbol of the city of Athens. Check out this spectacular computer-generated video by Costas Gavras, the famous Greek director, and see how the Parthenon has changed over time! Continue Reading

  • Apr 21 / 2015
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Why You Should Learn a Dead Language

Virgil, with a volume of the Aeneid, flanked by Clio (left) and Melpomene


Posted by Magister Andrew

Josephine Livingstone of the “Guardian” tells you why you should learn dead languages like Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit and why they might not be nearly as useless as they seem! Continue Reading

  • Apr 17 / 2015
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An Oscar Wilde Anecdote and Approaches to Reading Biblical Greek

New Testament and the Acropolis of Athens


by Todd Clary, Ph.D.

This post is written for students who primarily want to learn to read the New Testament in the Koine Greek it was first written in, but who have doubts as to the best approach to learning this “New Testament” Greek. Many college and university Classics departments offer Ancient Greek, but most of them start by focusing on Attic Greek, and later cover canonical authors like Plato, Aristotle, Herodotus and Homer. The basic fact is that these authors are considerably more difficult than the Greek of the New Testament, so students find themselves asking: why should I put all this time and effort into learning to read Classical authors, when all I really want to do is read the New Testament? Wouldn’t it be easier to focus only on Koine Greek and just read the Bible? Continue Reading

  • Apr 14 / 2015
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Relating Latin Language Study to Communities and Cultures of Today

Carmenta student studying Latin


by Rebecca Gove, M.A.T.

Students who study classical languages and cultures have a unique perspective on the world: they are able to understand the importance and prominence of cultural diversity because of the diversity of ancient societies. Rome was an extremely diverse community with regards to class, race, ethnicity, and social status-very similar to the “melting pot” of the United States. Without this cultural diversity, we would not have the writings of Plautus, Catullus, Livy, and many more, because they came from places other than Rome and belonged to many different social classes. Latin students have a window into this world and can use it to recognize the need for all kinds of diversity in modern societies; they can help promote compassion and understanding for peoples of very different and far away cultures. Continue Reading

  • Apr 10 / 2015
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Property: We’d need Solon!

Solon, Legislator of Athens by Merry-Joseph Blondel, 1781–1853


by Susi Ferrarello, Ph.D.

“L’homme est né libre, et partout il est dans les fers.” (“Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.”)

This was Rousseau gloriously proclaiming the first mystery of democracy: Being democratic means being in fetters. Most of the time financial fetters. Therefore, the most democratic human being is the one with the heaviest economic debt.

From this perspective Greeks (who are definitely in good company with the modern Romans) prove themselves again to be very democratic folks! And really, Europe in general is still a very democratic place. Continue Reading

  • Apr 07 / 2015
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Latin as a Facilitator of English Learning

Carmenta student learning Latin online


by Rebecca Gove, M.A.T.

The English language is the primary language spoken and read by most of the students I teach, but many of them have a very poor grasp of English grammar, spelling, and general vocabulary. When they take Latin and begin learning about Latin roots and how the language influenced so many other languages, their English rather quickly begins to improve. They start to realize that they can take a verb, such as “vendo, vendere,” and use it to figure out the meanings behind many English words, such as “vending machine” and “hotdog vendor.” This is one of the truly amazing aspects of learning ancient Latin and Greek: since over 65% of English words derive from these two languages, it becomes rather easy to improve one’s writing and oral communication. Continue Reading

  • Apr 03 / 2015
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Acting and Greek Theatre: Honoring Dionysus

The Theater of Dionysus on the South Slope of the Acropolis, Athens, Greece


Posted by Magister Andrew

Almost everybody has seen live theatre on stage, but did you know that acting has been around for thousands of years and that it originated in ancient Greece. It developed as a weeklong competition ushering in the spring season and honoring the Greek god Dionysus, god of wine, music, and drama. Read this great article by Melisha Childs and learn all about the history of acting. Continue Reading