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  • Jul 27 / 2016
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Ancient Greek

Socrates, Autism, and Our Inner Self

Statue of Socrates, Academy of Athens, Greece

 

By Susi Ferrarello, Ph.D.

A few semesters ago in my philosophy class I had a student who told me that he was autistic. At that time my lessons touched on Socrates—who is, to my eyes, a very dangerous philosopher for a person affected by autism. In fact, Socrates himself might have been a bit autistic, praising this personal disposition to the extent that he eventually risked his own life in order to be loyal to his autos (which means “self” in Greek). Continue Reading

  • Jul 26 / 2016
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Latin

Three Awesome Women of Ancient Rome

Women in Ancient Rome

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

Did you know that some women active in ancient Roman politics? Read these stories about the most politically active women in ancient Rome. Continue Reading

  • Jul 21 / 2016
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Latin

People Who Are Bringing Latin to Life

Playing cards in Latin at a Paideia Institute ‘Living Latin’ program, Rome

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

At conventions, immersion programs and youth programs, classicists and grammar fans are speaking Latin, a language often called dead. But is it really dead? Continue Reading

  • Jul 19 / 2016
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Ancient Greek

Scientists Decipher Purpose of Ancient Greek Antikythera Mechanism

Fragments of the 2,100-year-old Antikythera Mechanism

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

For over a century, since its discovery in an ancient shipwreck, the exact function of the Antikythera Mechanism — named after the southern Greek island off which it was found — was a tantalizing puzzle. But scientists have recently deciphered inscriptions that suggests it was a mechanical computer used to track the sun, moon and the planets! Continue Reading

  • Jul 12 / 2016
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Book, Film, and TV Reviews

Carmenta Book Review:
I, CLAUDIUS by Robert Graves
★★★★☆

From the television show I, Claudius

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Robert Graves’ famous novel I, Claudius was published in 1934 to great acclaim, and it has since enjoyed ongoing popularity. Unlike many novels, the book’s main character is not a strong, popular hero but a poor stammering fool despised by most of the other characters (and even by his own mother). At the same time, though, he may be the only honest man in the turbulent early years of the Roman Empire. Continue Reading

  • Jul 06 / 2016
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Latin

Exhibit Explores Ancient Roman “Designer Labels” and Trademarks

"Made in Roma" exhibition at the Trajan's Markets site in Rome

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

From Monday, June 13, 2016, visitors can see a variety of amphoras displayed at the “Made in Roma” exhibition at the Trajan’s Markets site in Rome. In an ancient echo of modern Made-in-Italy labeling, Romans of some 2,000 years ago were quite familiar with branding, having put names, trademarks and other identifying details on a range of items, including tableware, plumbing pipes and lead ammunition for slingshots. Continue Reading