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  • Oct 25 / 2016
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Latin

Latin: A Dead Language or Very Much Alive?

Fragmentary military diploma from Carnuntum

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Latin, the language of the Romans and their literature, is extremely important in an historical context, but is it only a language of the past, a dead language? Or in fact, is Latin still very much alive? To the average man on the street (assuming he’d even heard of Latin) the answer would probably be clear. “Latin? Isn’t that the language of a long-passed empire and babbling old priests? What use could Latin ever have today? I can’t imagine anyone has spoken it for centuries.” In his mind the Latin language died long long ago. Continue Reading

  • Oct 20 / 2016
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Latin

Being an Actor in Ancient Rome

Roman mosaic depicting actors and an aulos player (House of the Tragic Poet, Pompeii)

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

Nowadays famous actors and actresses are honored and pampered with money and awards. Check out this article on the life of actors in Ancient Rome and just how different it was for them. Continue Reading

  • Oct 13 / 2016
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Ancient Greek

Skeleton Uncovered at Ancient Antikythera Shipwreck

Divers examine human bones excavated from the Antikythera shipwreck

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

The famous shipwreck that brought us the mysterious Antikythera mechanism has revealed a new secret: a two-thousand-year-old human skeleton. The team hopes to extract DNA from the skull – a feat never attempted before on bones this old that have been underwater for so long. Continue Reading

  • Oct 11 / 2016
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Latin

Studies in Latin Morphology, Part II: Feminine and Neuter -us Nouns of the Second Declension

Detail of Pantheon, Rome

 

By Kostas Petropoulos, M.A.

Latin nouns of the second declension are largely populated by two groups: those of the masculine gender ending in -us and those of the neuter gender ending in -um. Of those ending in -us, however, there is a subset of nouns that belong to the feminine and neuter genders. The feminines may be classified into four categories: Continue Reading

  • Oct 06 / 2016
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Ancient Greek

10 Insane Ways Spartan Boys Were Made Into Warriors

Spartan warrior

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

The Spartan army was the toughest in the world. A child raised in Sparta wasn’t raised by his mother but instead by the state, and he was put through an education unlike any other in history. Read about 10 insane ways that Spartan boys were made into warriors. Continue Reading