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  • Jun 30 / 2015
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Latin

How to Get Students to “Jump for Joy”

Carmenta Latin student

 

by Rebecca Gove, M.A.T.

Let’s be honest: the image that comes to mind when talking about Latin language study is usually not students jumping for joy. I get it. I’ve been teaching for almost 10 years now and let me tell you, I don’t expect my students on the first day of Latin to come into my classroom (online or traditional) with anything other than anxiety scrawled on their faces. My goal is to, quickly and without them realizing it, change those expressions to ones of joy. Continue Reading

  • Jun 25 / 2015
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Latin

Here’s what Third-Century China Thought About the Roman Empire

What third-century China thought about the Roman Empire

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

The third-century Chinese not only travelled all the way to the Roman Empire but even wrote down their thoughts on these strange foreigners in the Weilüe, a third-century A.D. account of the interactions between the two cultures. Check out this article and find out what China had to say about the Romans, their empire, and their achievements! Continue Reading

  • Jun 23 / 2015
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Latin

Vatican Library Making 4,000 Ancient Manuscripts Available Online For Free

Bilingual version of the Iliad, with Greek text and Latin translation, double facing page

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

The Vatican Library holds over 80,000 manuscripts, prints, drawings, plates, and incunabula (books printed prior to 1500 AD), and now it is digitizing its ancient religious manuscripts and putting them online via its website, available for the public to view for free. Check out this article for a sneak peek! Continue Reading

  • Jun 19 / 2015
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Ancient Greek

Mystery of Greek Amphitheater’s Amazing Sound Finally Solved

The Theater at Epidaurus, Peloponnese, Greece

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

Ancient Greek theaters are well known for the great acoustics they have. Now researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have discovered the reason for the spectacular sound quality of the Amphitheatre at Epidaurus. Read to find out how the builders achieved such a spectacular feat! Continue Reading

  • Jun 16 / 2015
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Latin

Slavery in the Ancient World

Roman mosaic from Dougga, Tunisia

 

by Rebecca Gove, M.A.T.

The views on slavery in the ancient world could not have been more varied or more provocative; many people from all provinces and social classes found it difficult to come up with a universal opinion on how to treat slaves or how to define them as human beings. Clear and decisive patterns of thought existed among the extant authors whose works mentioned slavery in or around Rome. Some, such as Cato the Elder, felt that a certain coldness was needed with his slaves and he used an especially hard line with all his dependents. Others, such as Martial and Seneca, felt that slaves should have been awarded more merciful, human treatment and advocated in their writings for better attitudes toward slavery among their compatriots. Continue Reading

  • Jun 12 / 2015
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Ancient Greek

AUTHENTICITY: Our Inner Citadel

Authenticity seal

 

by Susi Ferrarello, Ph.D.

Here follows a list of the most heartfelt clichés that modern society tries to sell us (exclamation marks excluded):
– Be yourself
– Speak your mind
– Believe in yourself
– Don’t feel “less than”
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  • Jun 09 / 2015
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Ancient Greek

Archaic Greek in a Modern World!

Area of Trabzon, on the Black Sea coast of Turkey

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

An endangered Greek dialect spoken only in Turkey has been identified by Dr Ioanna Sitaridou as a “linguistic goldmine” because of its closeness to an Ancient Greek dialect spoken 2,000 years ago! Check out this great article (with accompanying video) and learn all about it! Continue Reading

  • Jun 02 / 2015
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Ancient Greek

The Real Story Behind Archimedes’ Eureka!

Archimedes in a bathtub

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

Check out this interesting and informative cartoon video about Archimedes’ famous Eureka moment and the giant ship he designed, the Syracusia. There’s much more to the story than most people think. Watch and find out! Continue Reading