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  • Oct 12 / 2017
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Ancient World

Classical Interviews: Emperor Claudius

Bust of Emperor Claudius

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

I got the idea for these made-up interviews from the novel “Grog” by the Italian writer Giuseppe Papini, though his “interviews” were with people a bit more contemporary. Today’s interview is with Rome’s fourth emperor, Claudius, who welcomed me at his palace. Although many historians accuse him of being weak and stupid, it was obvious to me that the man I was interviewing was a wise scholar. Continue Reading

  • Oct 10 / 2017
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Book, Film, and TV Reviews

Carmenta Film Review: 300 Spartans: A Greek Tragedy of a Movie! ★☆☆☆☆

Poster Artwork of the“300” movie

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

This is part of a series of articles about classics-related books and movies. Today I will review the movie “300”, based on the historical Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC, when three hundred Spartans held back a huge Persian army for three days. I really loved the 1962 movie adaptation of these events, Rudolph Maté’s “The 300 Spartans”version, but was very disappointed in this new version, so disappointed that I have given it only one star. Here’s why… Continue Reading

  • Oct 05 / 2017
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English

The Banning of Shakespeare in English Schools

Shakespeare’s portrait

 

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

Introduction

If you liked my article on the novel Fahrenheit 451, you will probably enjoy today’s story about an instance in which Ray Bradbury’s prophecy came true. Bradbury’s book describes a dystopian society where reading books is forbidden. It may sound too fantastic to come true, but something like it happened in 2009 when the English authorities removed the obligation to study Shakespeare’s works from public school curricula. Continue Reading

  • Oct 03 / 2017
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Ancient World

Prisoners of War in Antiquity: The Iliad

“Achilles and Agamemnon” by Gottlieb Schick

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

This is the second in a series of articles on the treatment of prisoners of war in antiquity. In this article I’ll discuss several mentions of POWs in Homer’s Iliad, analysing how the Greeks felt about POWs and the ethics behind each episode. Continue Reading