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  • Apr 28 / 2016
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Can Latin Help Younger Students Build Vocabulary?

First grade students respond during a lesson on Latin and Greek roots in Diane MacBride’s classroom at Hatton Community Learning Center in Akron, Ohio


Posted by Magister Andrew

Can Latin help younger students build vocabulary? Yes it can! Teaching Latin and Greek prefixes, suffixes, and bases, which some teachers are doing with children as young as 1st grade, helps build vocabulary more quickly than learning definitions of individual words. Read all about it! Continue Reading

  • Apr 26 / 2016
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Ancient Greek

The Rage of Achilles

“Achilles dragging the body of Hector around the walls of Troy” by Gavin Hamilton


By Susi Ferrarello, Ph.D.

I think that it would be very unfair to Achilles if we read his story only as a story about rage. It is true that the Homeric poem starts with an invocation to the Muse to help him write a poem about menin (rage); yet, I think that there is a strong sense of love in that rage too, which Achilles is trying to defend. Continue Reading

  • Apr 22 / 2016
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You Don’t Say: A look at some of the many ways to say “say” in Latin

Elizabeth, Carmenta Latin student


By Kostas Petropoulos, M.A.

While recently concluding a portion of my Latin class on Caesar, I was struck by just how many different ways there are to say the word “say” or “speak” in the Latin language. There are formal ways, colloquial ways; classical ways, vulgar ways; idiomatic ways, straightforward ways; long ways and short ways. No matter which way you choose, however, there is certainly no shortage of options. Here is my personal top ten list: Continue Reading

  • Apr 08 / 2016
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Roman Slavery and the Rate of Manumission

Roman coin bank depicting a beggar girl 25-50 CE


Posted by Magister Andrew

Everyone knows that slavery was a basic element of Roman society. One thing that was unique about Roman slavery, though, compared to slavery in other parts of the ancient world, was that the Romans had a structured process of social advancement that allowed slaves to become free. This procedure was known as manumission. Click on the link to learn more! Continue Reading

  • Apr 01 / 2016
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Board Games from Ancient and Modern Times

Board games from ancient times


By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB


Board games are not an invention of the modern age but, in fact, are as old as the history of all great empires and civilizations. Thousands of years ago scholars had already come to see how useful and edifying these games could be. Continue Reading