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  • Sep 21 / 2017
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Ancient World

Classical Interviews: Phaedrus the Fabulist

Phaedrus, a fable writer

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

This article is one of a series of fictitious interviews with important figures from the ancient Roman and Greek worlds. The concept of made-up interviews first appeared in the writings of the Italian novelist Giuseppe Papini, though he “interviewed” people from more recent times. Today’s interview is with a man who once was a slave, but his talent for writing was so great that his master granted him his freedom. He was a fable writer living during the reign of Augustus, and in my opinion, his stories will live forever. That’s right…I’m talking about Phaedrus! Continue Reading

  • Sep 19 / 2017
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Latin

Latin Translation of the Bhagavad Gita

Bhagavad Gita, a 19th-century manuscript

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

The Bhagavad Gita is one of the greatest jewels of world literature. Aldous Huxley said, “The Bhagavad-Gita is the most systematic statement of spiritual evolution of endowing value to mankind. It is one of the most clear and comprehensive summaries of perennial philosophy ever revealed; hence its enduring value is subject not only to India but to all of humanity”. Continue Reading

  • Sep 14 / 2017
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Ancient World

Classical Interviews: Caligula

Bust of Caligula

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

This series of fictitious interviews is based on the Italian writer Papini’s novel Gog. In it, the main character interviews contemporary celebrities, like Freud and Einstein. In this series I’ve done the same, but with well-known personalities from the ancient Greek and Roman world. Continue Reading

  • Sep 07 / 2017
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Ancient World

War Prisoners in Antiquity: The Epic of Gilgamesh

Chaos Monster and Sun God

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

This article is one in a series about the treatment of prisoners of war in Antiquity. I will also compare views on this topic in classical cultures to those in our supposedly enlightened modern age in order to see who comes out looking more “civilized”? In this first article I will discuss the Epic of Gilgamesh, which contains the first reference to prisoners of war in world literature, and demonstrate that five thousand years ago the Sumerians believed that prisoners of war should be treated with respect. Continue Reading

  • Sep 05 / 2017
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Ancient World

Classical Interviews: Tacitus

Modern statue representing Tacitus outside the Austrian Parliament Building

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

This is the third in a series of fictitious interviews with important characters of the ancient world. The idea of made-up interviews first appeared in the novel “Grog” by the Italian writer Giuseppe Papini, though his “interviews” were with people more contemporary. Today’s interview is with the famous Roman historian Publius Cornelius Tacitus. Continue Reading