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  • Apr 28 / 2016
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Latin

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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Latin

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 19 / 2016
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Ancient Greek

Greek Curse Tablets Found in 2,400-Year-Old Grave

Curse tablet targeting Demetrios and Phanagora

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

These lead tablets were found in a grave in Athens, Greece, in 2003 along with the cremated remains of a young woman who lived 2,400 years ago. The curse tablets targeted Demetrios and Phanagora – husband-and-wife tavern keepers. Read all about it! Continue Reading

  • Apr 15 / 2016
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Ancient Roman Mosaic Unveiled at Frost Museum of Art

A close-up of the Roman mosaic excavated from Lod, Israel

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

A 1,700-year-old Roman mosaic excavated in Lod, Israel, will go on display at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Art in Miami. The exhibit, called ““Predators and Prey: A Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel,” will close May 15, 2016. Continue Reading

  • Apr 12 / 2016
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Ancient Greek

Mask of Agamemnon

Mask of Agamemnon - National Archaeological Museum, Athens

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

Watch this great video by Smarthistory all about the mask of Agamemnon and its origins in Mycenaean culture. 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 05 / 2016
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Ancient Greek

The Ancient Greeks’ Six Words for Love

A Greek sculpture from the fourth century B.C

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

The ancient Greeks were more sophisticated than most people today in the way they talked about love, recognizing six different varieties. So what were the six loves known to the Greeks? Read all about it! Continue Reading

  • Apr 01 / 2016
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Latin

Board Games from Ancient and Modern Times

Board games from ancient times

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB
 

INTRODUCTION

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