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  • Feb 28 / 2017
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Latin

Teaching Latin with Ælfric’s Colloquy

Alfred the Great Wantage

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Latin teachers often have trouble trying to find the best textbook for their students. Amidst the large number of Latin textbooks written over the millennia, most teachers are not aware a textbook was written in medieval England that may actually be perfect for them. I’m talking about the Colloquy by the Anglo-Saxon monk Ælfric of Eynsham. Continue Reading

  • Feb 23 / 2017
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Latin

C.S. Lewis: The Reluctant Teacher

Photo of C. S. Lewis

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Some academics don’t like teaching. Does that sound strange to you? If so, you will understand when I tell you a story about C.S. Lewis which I heard from my tutor, who got it from his tutor, Mr. Zinn, an Oxford undergraduate student at the time the incident took place. It will make you think about the relationship between academics and their students. Continue Reading

  • Feb 21 / 2017
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Latin

Want to Make Students Love the Classics? Teach Them Mythology!

“Odysseus and the Sirens” by Herbert James Draper

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Young people often think that the classics are useless. That’s why classics teachers need to adopt strategies to develop an unquenchable love for Latin and Ancient Greek in their students. One of the best strategies is to teach them mythology. Certain tales can have a strong influence on young people, helping them develop a lifelong love of the classics. Continue Reading

  • Feb 16 / 2017
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Ancient Greek

Three Great Polymaths: Aristotle, Michelangelo, and Burton

Aristotle, marble portrait bust, Roman copy (2nd century bc) of a Greek original (c. 325 bc); in the Museo Nazionale Romano, Rome

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

The term “polymath” comes from the Ancient Greek πολυμαθής (“having learned much”) and refers to an individual who has achieved expertise in a significant number of subjects. This article will mention three names from three different periods of history and talk a bit about their greatest accomplishments. They were considered geniuses and their contributions to the world should never be forgotten. Continue Reading

  • Feb 14 / 2017
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Latin

Robert Codrington: Fables for Intermediate Latin Students

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Fables are short narratives which contain an immense amount of wisdom. Latin teachers usually agree that the sooner their young students start reading them in the original language, the better it is for them. Continue Reading

  • Feb 09 / 2017
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Ancient Greek

Sex and the Ego in Plato’s Symposium and American Psycho

A Red-Figure Plate with Eros as a youth making an offering. (c. 340–320 BC) Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

 

By Susi Ferrarello, Ph.D.

Why does our sexual appetite come and go? Is sex an activity that brings pleasure because it nurtures our ego? Or is it the opposite? Is sex so good because it disrupts our ego? Philosophy and psychology give two similar answers to this issue. Continue Reading

  • Feb 07 / 2017
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Teaching Latin with Music: Some Advice for Teachers

Detail of “The Parnassus” by Raphael in the Raphael Rooms

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Most teachers agree that music can be an amazing tool in helping students learn a new language. When students hear a song they like, their brains start producing hormones related to pleasure. This in turn allows them to achieve fluency much faster. Therefore, if this method has been proven useful to teach modern languages, why not use it to teach Latin? In this article, I will suggest a few songs teachers can use with their students to make their jobs a lot easier. Continue Reading

  • Feb 02 / 2017
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Ancient Greek

Alcestis and Admetus: Hoping to Rise Again

The Farewell of Admetus and Alcestis. Etruscan red-figure amphora found in Vulci

 

By Susi Ferrarello, Ph.D.

Let’s talk about marriage.

How often does it happen that partners decide to put the couple before themselves as individuals? How often does one or even both of them willingly decide to “die”, metaphorically speaking, for a higher good in their relationship? It might be for the sake of their children, or the status quo, or for the sake of an uncertain future. Continue Reading