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  • Aug 28 / 2015
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Latin

Thank the Ancient Romans for ‘Street Food’

Street Food at a Market

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

In Ancient Rome, food was the key to keeping citizens happy. An exhibit running through the end of October at the 2015 Universal Exhibition in Milan describes the diet of the Romans and the ways Emperors kept their subjects happy. The exhibit pays special attention to the roman version of street food since treats like salted peas at the Coliseum or fried fish after a trip to the baths was a large part of daily life. Next time you get a snack on the go, don’t forget to thank Ancient Rome! Continue Reading

  • Aug 25 / 2015
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Ancient Greek

Walking Dead Among the Ancient Greek

Zombies

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

The excavation of two graves outside of Kamarina revealed ancient fears of zombie revivals. The bodies in the graves were pinned down with rocks and large pieces of pottery so if they were to become ‘revenants’ they would not be able to escape and ravage the Greek empire. 11 curse tablets or ‘katadesmoni’ were also discovered at Kamarina, revealing a widespread belief in the supernatural in Ancient Greece. Continue Reading

  • Aug 19 / 2015
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Ancient Greek

Wax Statues, Marble Statues, Classical Statues… What Do We Really Know About Them?

Bronze Chimera at the National Archaeological Museum of Florence

 

By: Helena Jeny, Ph.D.

In my last blog I spoke about visiting, first, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Washington, and then The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, and how I was struck with the contrast between the wax effigies I saw in the former and the marble statues I saw in the latter. The wax effigies are made to resemble their models as much as possible in size, shape, color, hairstyle, even clothing. The classical marble statues are not: the pristine white of the marble is untouched, and often they are bigger or smaller than life size. Continue Reading

  • Aug 19 / 2015
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Uncategorized

The Carmenta Online Latin School is now Accredited

A Carmenta Online Latin School student hard at work

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

Salvete! The Carmenta Online Latin School has been granted accreditation by the Commissioners of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC) due to our rigorous and highly effective Latin and Ancient Greek courses. This accreditation means WASC found that Carmenta Online Latin School measures up to the very highest standards in American education and school administration. Continue Reading

  • Aug 07 / 2015
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Latin

Everyday Life in Pompeii

Triptych featuring images of various foods. Painted plaster

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

The exhibition “Pompeii: In the Shadow of the Volcano”, which opened last month at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto, Canada, examines everyday life in Pompeii through six distinct sections on those who called the ancient city home. In this exclusive interview, James Blake Wiener of Ancient History Encyclopedia speaks to Curator Paul Denis about the exhibition as well as the ways in which our lives mirror those from the distant past. Continue Reading