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  • Oct 30 / 2015
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Just in Time for Halloween…“Witchcraft, Magic, and Divination in Canaan and Ancient Israel”

Witches Sabbat by Francisco de Goya


by Rebecca Gove, M.A.T.

As All Hallow’s Eve quickly approaches, it is easy to mistake the ghouls and goblins that are associated with this holiday as a purely innocent and imaginary spectacle; however, it was not nearly as harmless or intangible to the cultures of the ancient Near East as it is to modern Western society. In fact, the Hebrew Bible is filled with instances of divination, magic, and witchcraft that were taken very seriously by the ancient Semitic world. Jean-Michael de Tarragon examines this supernatural phenomenon in his article entitled “Witchcraft, Magic, and Divination in Canaan and Ancient Israel,” a fascinating and enlightening look at the paranormal in the Old Testament. Not only does he demonstrate his points with remarkable examples from the text, but he also truly captures the importance of the supernatural in the eyes of ancient civilizations and religions. Continue Reading

  • Oct 27 / 2015
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Notes from the Den of Antiquity (II) Behind the Scenes: Preparing a Field-Study Excavation

Students at the dig


By Amy Vail, Ph.D.

Like any academic discipline, classical archaeology has both advantages and disadvantages. The off-putting aspects include the job prospects (mighty slim), the need to learn both ancient and modern languages, and the absurdly long waiting times before the results of any work you do in the field are actually published. Archaeology is emphatically not for seekers of instant gratification. Continue Reading

  • Oct 22 / 2015
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The Latin Speakers of West Virginia

Participants at the Rusticatio


Posted by Magister Andrew

Every July Latin teachers, speakers, and enthusiasts flood Charles Town, West Virginia for one week of total Latin immersion. The Rusticatio, sponsored by SALVI (Septentrionale Americanum Latinitatis Vivae Institutum), brings together Latin lovers for a week-long retreat where only Latin is spoken. If you enjoy Carmenta’s Latin conversation classes, this may be for you! Continue Reading

  • Oct 20 / 2015
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We Can All Be Heroes

Homer’s Bust


By Susi Ferrarello, Ph.D

When I ask my undergraduate students to write an essay on what being a hero means for them, they often use their parents or friends as an example of heroism.

Too bad that none of them have thought to write an essay on me yet!

Sometimes when I arrive at the end of the day, having earned enough money to survive and take care of my loved ones I feel like a hero.
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  • Oct 16 / 2015
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Why Ancient Rome Matters to the Modern World

Why Ancient Rome Matters


Posted by Magister Andrew

Our contemporary world is littered with similarities and references to Roman history. In this article for the Guardian, Mary Beard examines some of those similarities, as well as the differences. She points out that the lessons of history are found by considering the modern observer as much as the ancient actor. Roman history has a huge influence on how we look at our own world today, and Mary encourages a balanced and amoral interpretation of Romans and their own challenges in order for us to get the most value from those lessons. Continue Reading

  • Oct 13 / 2015
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What’s Inside the Mummies of Pompeii?

Mummy from Pompeii


Posted by Magister Andrew

Archeologists are bringing 86 mummies from Pompeii back to life. Using CT scans, experts are able to see what lies beneath layers of plaster and ash—the body of a 4-year-old boy, several adults, and even a dog—and to paint a picture of what Pompeii was like right before and right after the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius more tham 1900 years ago. Continue Reading

  • Oct 09 / 2015
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Ancient Greek Honey Sesame Bar



Posted by Magister Andrew

Want to snack like you live in Ancient Greece? Try this recipe for Pasteli from the Lemon and Olive blog. This sweet treat, made with honey, the “nectar of the gods,” and sesame seeds, is what Kenton and Jane of Lemon and Olive call “the World’s first energy bar!” Pasteli is easy to make, but if you aren’t much of a chef, don’t worry! You can order Pasteli online. Continue Reading

  • Oct 06 / 2015
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The Longest Word in Latin

Longest Latin word


Posted by Magister Andrew

You would expect the longest word in Latin to be profound and symbolic, but the longest word in Latin translates to “an ultra-critical person” – “subductisupercilicarptor”. Ben Johnston breaks down “subductisupercilicarptor” as well as 2 of the other longest words in Latin in this video for Latin Tutorial. Continue Reading

  • Oct 01 / 2015
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The Arches of Rome

The triumphal arch of Septimius Severus


Posted by Magister Andrew

Rome is full of triumphal arches, built to commemorate military success and new emperors. These ornate arches were built over major thoroughfares and can be seen all over the city. Melding beautiful architecture and the history of the Roman Empire, Mark Cartwright of the Ancient History Blog describes four of Rome’s triumphal arches. Check it out and tell us what you think! Continue Reading