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Monthly Archives / January 2016

  • Jan 29 / 2016
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Latin

Great Forgotten Works of Latin and Ancient Greek Literature

Old books

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

 

After the Golden Age

The Romans and Greeks have had an enormous influence on modern western civilization. There is no doubt, for instance, that we owe much to the works of Cicero, Seneca, Plato and Aristotle. However, some scholars nowadays, in universities all over the world, seem obsessed with the works of the so-called “golden age” of ancient literature and may completely disregard the works of writers who came later. In this short essay I intend to demonstrate how much the reader will benefit if he opens his mind to works written just a short bit later—perhaps in this way assuring that he won’t end up like the “senum severiorum” mentioned in Catullus’ famous poem dedicated to his mistress Lesbia . Continue Reading

  • Jan 26 / 2016
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Latin

Sacapus Magic Show in Latin

Sacapus Magic Show in Latin

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

Who says Latin can’t be fun? Check out this great video of the Sacapus Magic Show put on by the Paris Latin Club, in Latin with an English translation. Continue Reading

  • Jan 15 / 2016
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Ancient Greek

Ancient Theater Discovered on Cyprus

The site of an uncovered Hellenistic-Roman theater dating from 300 BC is the oldest structure of its kind yet unearthed on the Mediterranean island

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

The Australian Archaeological Mission from the University of Sydney has uncovered the oldest theatre yet found in Cyprus: a structure that was used as a venue for performance and spectacle for over six and a half centuries from c. 300 BC until its final destruction in the earthquakes of AD 365. Continue Reading

  • Jan 12 / 2016
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Latin

Bite-Sized Greek and Latin Lessons Boost Reading and Math Skills

Pupils learn dozens of prefix, stem and suffix meanings

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

We at the Carmenta Online Latin School teach our SAT Prep students to view each English word as a puzzle composed of a limited number of pieces derived from the Latin and Ancient Greek languages, with knowledge of a small number of simple rules taking the student far in understanding any number of unknown words. Continue Reading

  • Jan 08 / 2016
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Latin

The Importance of Latin and Ancient Greek

Zane, 17, Carmenta Upper-Division Student

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Avete, omnes magistri discipulique,

My name is Andre and I’m Brazilian. I’ve been a student of Carmenta for over 5 years. It’s with great pleasure that I accepted Headmaster Andrew’s proposal and became an academic advisor of Carmenta Latin School. Today I would like to talk a little about the necessity of a classical education, my experience with classics, and how my own classical education has benefited me and made me grow as an individual. Continue Reading

  • Jan 05 / 2016
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Latin

The Making of a Roman Silver Cup

Roman silver cup from the first century, A.D.

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

Watch this great video by the Getty Museum about the making of a stunning silver cup that has survived from the first century A.D. Many of their sophisticated techniques are still used today! Continue Reading