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  • Feb 26 / 2016
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Ancient Greek

Rage in Homer

“Achilles Killing Hector” by Rafael Tejeo


By Susi Ferrarello, Ph.D.

1. Introduction

Months ago, while I was teaching Homer in my class, an exchange with a student made me reflect on a very simple but revealing point. We live in a society that seems to reject rage and even punish it, although its traditional literature seems to commend enraged deeds naming them as heroic. Continue Reading

  • Feb 23 / 2016
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Xenia: Laws of Hospitality in Different Cultures

Jupiter and Mercurius in the House of Philemon and Baucis (1630–33) by the workshop of Rubens: Zeus and Hermes, testing a village's practice of hospitality, were received only by Baucis and Philemon, who were rewarded while their neighbors were punished.


By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

When a classics student studies the works of the great ancient writers, he soon encounters the concept of Xenia (a.k.a. the rules of hospitality). In ancient times people recognized the importance of receiving strangers and foreigners hospitably and giving them food and shelter. Guests were seen as sacred in those days and hosts did everything they could to protect them, even if they were to find out later that their guests were, by an unfortunate coincidence, their worst enemies. Continue Reading

  • Feb 16 / 2016
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Unreal Conditions in Indirect Discourse: An Introduction

A multi-volume Latin dictionary, the Totius Latinitatis Lexicon by Egidio Forcellini


By Derick Alexandre, Ph.D.

This blog entry concentrates on an aspect of indirect discourse that rightly baffles novice readers of Latin prose: conditional statements (“if…then” clauses), and more specifically, unreal conditions. This subject takes on particular urgency in light of two facts: the absence of any discussion of conditional clause types in indirect discourse in most introductory Latin textbooks; and the frequent appearance of unreal conditions in bridge texts for intermediate Latin prose (e.g., Cicero’s Pro Caelio). Continue Reading

  • Feb 09 / 2016
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Ancient Greek

There’s an Ancient Greek God for That!

Acropolis, Athens, on snow


by Kostas Petropoulos, M.A.

In what I hope to make a continuing series of blog posts, I’ll be taking a look at some of the lesser-known deities of the ancient Greeks. Having just endured the Blizzard of 2016 here on the East Coast of the US, I thought now would be the perfect time to pose the question, “Did the ancient Greeks have a god of snow?” Continue Reading

  • Feb 05 / 2016
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A Fun Translation Exercise

Matthew, a 5th-grader, is excited to be enrolled in Carmenta's Latin 1A class


By Maria Luisa De Seta, Ph.D.

Many of us already know about the benefits of learning a foreign language and perhaps also about the particular benefits of learning Latin and Greek, but we also should try to help students enjoy their learning experience, including the act of translation, which is the way we connect with the minds of the past. As a teacher of Latin and Ancient Greek, I always look for exercises that can make the practice of the translation challenging and fun for my students. Yes, translation can be fun! Continue Reading