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  • Jul 27 / 2017
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Ancient Greek

Plato, Phones, and That Embarrassing Silence…

Plato (left) and Aristotle (right), a detail of The School of Athens, a fresco by Raphael

 

By Susi Ferrarello, Ph.D.

Imagine Plato, the famous philosopher, and Socrates, his teacher, going out for a drink. After half an hour they are already running short of things to say (very difficult to imagine, but nevertheless let’s try) and an awkward silence descends over the conversation. Continue Reading

  • Jul 25 / 2017
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Latin

Homework Suggestion: the Achilleid

Chiron teaching Achilles how to play the lyre, a Roman fresco from Herculaneum, 1st century AD

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

Have you read the Latin epic poem the Achilleid? No? Well, neither had I until I bought a dictionary of mythology that happened to mention this overlooked work by the Roman writer Publius Papinius Statius. But after taking a look, it quickly became clear to me that this would make a great homework assignment for Latin students! Continue Reading

  • Jul 20 / 2017
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Classical Literature

The Oral Literature of the Apache, Lushootseed, and Arapaho Tribes

Native American Family

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB and Erik Ogle, M.A.

Introduction

Though mostly in oral form, Native Americans have produced some real literary treasures that have been passed down by word-of-mouth for thousands of years. In the following article I’ll be discussing three Native American tribes and their most famous examples of oral poetry. Continue Reading

  • Jul 20 / 2017
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Education

How to Solve a Basic Algebraic Equation

How to solve a basic Algebraic equation

 

By Andrew Kuhry-Haeuser, Carmenta Founder

1) The #1 rule to remember is that, no matter what, any operation you apply to one side of the equals sign must be applied to the other side of the equals sign, whether it’s addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, exponents, or roots. Continue Reading

  • Jul 18 / 2017
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Ancient Greek

Art and Classics Series: Leonidas at Thermopylae

"Leonidas at Thermopylae" by Jacques-Louis David

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

This article is one in a series analyzing the close link between art and the classical world and the ways in which visual art can be a tool for teaching young people about classical antiquity. This is certainly what happened to me with the painting above, “Leonidas at Thermopylae” by Jacques-Louis David . When I first saw this painting as a teenager, I decided to read Herodotus and learn more about Leonidas and his 300 Spartans. This launched me on a lifelong journey of discovery of the classical world. Continue Reading

  • Jul 18 / 2017
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Education

How to Get an “A” in Physics

How to get an "A" in Physics

 

By Andrew Kuhry-Haeuser, Carmenta Founder

Success in high school or basic college physics comes down to 3 factors:

1) Knowing your formulas.
2) Knowing how to determine which formula applies to the problem you’re trying to solve.
3) Knowing how to solve the equations produced when you apply a formula to a problem. Continue Reading

  • Jul 13 / 2017
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Education

How to Get an “A” in Biology (and Reduce Your Study Time by Half)

How to get an "A" in Biology

 

By Andrew Kuhry-Haeuser, Carmenta Founder

1) Create mnemonic devices for everything you have to memorize.

Success in Biology is more about memorization than anything else, and the reality is that most people aren’t very good natural memorizers. They can still do it, though, if they just use the right mnemonic devices. Continue Reading

  • Jul 13 / 2017
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Latin

Hyginus: a Perfect Fabulist for Latin Students

“Fabularum liber” by Gaius Julius Hyginus

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

Every ancient civilization has a great corpus of fables. In the case of Greek literature, we are all familiar with writers like Phaedrus and Aesop and their immortal works. Perhaps less well known, though, is the great fabulist Hyginus. Continue Reading

  • Jul 11 / 2017
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Latin

Homework Suggestion: Columbus’ Latin Letter

“Landing of Columbus” by John Vanderlyn

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

One of the greatest unknown Latin gems of the post-medieval period is a letter written by Christopher Columbus to his employers. This important historical document written in the language of Cicero contains Columbus’ first impression of the New World on his journey to find a new route to the Indies. Continue Reading

  • Jul 11 / 2017
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Education

How to Learn a Modern Foreign Language

Books for learning a modern foreign language

 

By Andrew Kuhry-Haeuser, Carmenta Founder

There are three main steps for successful modern-language learning:

1) Begin with Grammar

The first step is to learn the most basic grammar of the language. It’s always a mistake to ignore the grammar of a language and pursue a 100%-conversation approach right from the beginning. Instead, start by learning how sentences are constructed in the new language using a well-organized, grammar-intensive textbook. Continue Reading

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