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  • Dec 29 / 2016
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Ancient Greek

Nestor: The Conciliator

“Achilles Giving Nestor the Price of Wisdom”, by Raymond Monvoisin


By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Today’s topic is one of Homer’s favorite characters from his Iliad: Nestor, king of Pylos. He was once a brave man who participated in the quest for the Golden Fleece and also on the hunt for the Caledonian Boar. However, when the Trojan War took place, Nestor was already an elderly man and, therefore, unable to do much fighting. Nevertheless, he plays an important role as the wise man who tried to conciliate Agamemnon and Achilles. Continue Reading

  • Dec 27 / 2016
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Ancient Greek

Batrachomyomachia: A Classical Parody

Batrachomyomachia (The Battle of the Frogs and the Mice) by Bjørn Okholm Skaarup


By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Today we’ll be looking at a comic epic called Batrachomyomachia (“Battle of Frogs and Mice”), a parody of Homer’s Iliad. Its authorship has been disputed, though most scholars today believe it is the work of an anonymous poet from the time of Alexander the Great. Ancient authors claimed that Homer himself was the author. Continue Reading

  • Dec 22 / 2016
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Classical Literature

Polymaths: Sir Richard Francis Burton

Sir Richard Francis Burton


By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Today we’ll be talking about Sir Richard Francis Burton, one of the greatest polymaths of the nineteenth century. The word polymath comes from the Greek πολυμαθής (“knowing much”) and refers to a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas. Continue Reading

  • Dec 20 / 2016
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The Old Man and the Donkey

Aesop’s fables engraving


By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

In studying the literature of different civilizations-even those that are a great distance from each other-there is a common affinity for fables. Despite what many people think, fables are not exclusive to children. In fact, there are fables which only a more mature and experienced audience may be able to fully appreciate. Continue Reading

  • Dec 15 / 2016
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Classical Literature

Overlooked Literature: The Great Celtic Literary Tradition

Ireland old map. Created by John Tallis, published on Illustrated Atlas, London 1851


By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB and John Priest, BA, Cert. Min.

Few people realize that the Irish produced great literary works that, in our humble opinion, are as good as their Roman and ancient Greek counterparts. Consequently, it is difficult to find scholars who truly appreciate this kind of literature. This is manifest in the fact that there are very few institutions of higher learning outside of Ireland that allow for its study. We at Carmenta Latin School, however, feel that such literary tradition should not be be overlooked. Continue Reading

  • Dec 13 / 2016
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Ancient Greek

Sinon: The Man Behind The Fall of Troy

“The Procession of the Trojan Horse in Troy” by Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo


By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Hello, everyone! Welcome to Carmenta’s Classical Blog. Today I’ll be sharing the story of a character who played an important role in the outcome of the Trojan War. It is widely known that the Trojans decided to take a wooden horse into their city; less spoken of, however, is the man who convinced them to do it. His name was Sinon, a relative of Odysseus who had been charged by the Greek chieftains with that very task. Continue Reading