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  • May 31 / 2016
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Latin

Gaius Appuleius Diocles – Possibly the Highest Paid Athlete in the History of Mankind

Gaius Appuleius Diocles – possibly the highest paid athlete in the history of mankind

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

Gaius Appuleius Diocles was a Roman chariot racer who, according to classical studies professor Peter Struck (at the University of Chicago), amassed around 35,863,120 sesterces in prize money. That is equivalent to about $15 billion or £9.6 billion today! Read to find out more! Continue Reading

  • May 27 / 2016
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Ancient Greek

The Automatic Servant of Philon: the First Operating Robot in History

The automatic servant of Philon

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

Did you know that the Ancient Greeks had robots? The automatic servant of Philon was the first operating robot in human history! This is just one of many exhibits from the Hi-Tech Inventions of Ancient Greece exhibition at the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology, Katakolo, Greece. Click on the link to see exactly how the robot worked! Continue Reading

  • May 24 / 2016
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Ancient Greek

The Fantastical Beasts of Ancient Greece

The frieze of Medusa at the Temple of Apollo at Didyma

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

Ancient Greek art isn’t just marble statues of Olympian gods. Gorgons, griffins, centaurs, and sphinxes are actually just as common! Check out this excellent article about ancient Greek fantastical creatures. Continue Reading

  • May 20 / 2016
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Ancient Greek

Say What?: A look at some of the many ways to say “say” in Ancient Greek

Carmenta Ancient Greek student

 

By Kostas Petropoulos, M.A.

Last month I wrote about the many different ways to say “say” or “speak” in Latin. In the interest of fairness I thought it only right to offer a sequel and do the same for Ancient Greek. As with Latin, the fact that such a list is even possible is ample evidence of the greatness of these wonderful languages. With that in mind here again is my personal top ten: Continue Reading

  • May 10 / 2016
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Latin

What’s Your Name?

“Cornelia, Mother of the Gracchi, Pointing to Her Children as Her Treasures”, by Angelica Kauffman, 1785

 

By Maria Luisa De Seta, Ph.D.

Every time I start a new Latin class, I ask my students to choose a Latin name, which they will continue to use throughout their learning journey. After a few classes, I introduce the Roman name system, called tria nomina, “three names”: praenomen, nomen, cognomen. It’s something like a first, middle, and last name. Continue Reading

  • May 06 / 2016
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Latin

Why Tutoring Matters

Carmenta tutor with his student

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB
 

Introduction

There have always been two schools of thought regarding education. The first wants students’ curriculum to be nothing but a mere formality or a rite of passage with no other goal than helping students to pass their exams; the second, on the other hand, wants students to learn something useful for their lives. These two perspectives have existed ever since the dawn of civilization. I am glad that many tutors have chosen to join the good side and hand down to their students useful knowledge that will remain useful for the rest of their lives. Continue Reading

  • May 03 / 2016
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Ancient Greek

Static Automated Greek Theatre

An accurate reconstruction of the static automated theatre of Philon of Byzantium

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

Did Ancient Greeks have cinema? Yes they did, the static automated theatre of Heron of Alexandria. This is just one of many exhibits from the Hi-Tech Inventions of Ancient Greece exhibition at the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology, Katakolo, Greece. Click on the link to see exactly how this automated theatre works! Continue Reading