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Monthly Archives / January 2018

  • Jan 23 / 2018
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Interview with Carmenta’s Erik Ogle, Master of More than 20 Languages

Carmenta polyglot instructor Erik Ogle


By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Q: When did you first become interested in languages?
A: Although I grew up hearing both Swedish and English around the house, I don’t think I really got interested in actively learning other languages until I started taking French in the 6th grade and, around the same time, was given an old copy (1910 edition) of Bennet’s Latin Grammar by my grandmother. Continue Reading

  • Jan 18 / 2018
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Book, Film, and TV Reviews

Carmenta Book Review: Asterix and the Chariot Race ★★★★☆

Cover of “Asterix and the Chariot Race”


By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Most of us are already familiar with the adventures of Asterix the Gaul and his companion Obelix. The series was created by Goscinny and Uderzo in 1959 and is considered the most successful European cartoon in history. Goscinny died in 1978, but Uderzo continued to create Asterix comics until 2012, when he handed the baton to other talented artists. Continue Reading

  • Jan 11 / 2018
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Ancient World

Spartacus: the Man and the Myth

Spartacus sculpture, Louvre Museum


By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

When one thinks of Spartacus, the first words that come to mind are “freedom fighter”, “revolutionary”, “selfless hero”, etc. But in reality these appellations would be more appropriate to describe Spartacus the myth rather than the real historical character who led the famous slave rebellion known as the Third Servile War. Continue Reading

  • Jan 09 / 2018
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Ancient World

Classical Interviews: Augustus (In Latin!)

Bust of Augustus


By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Q: Ave, Auguste. Gratias ago! Mihi gaudio est tecum colloqui, o pater patriae. Quid de tuo regno novo nobis dicere potes?

(Ave, Auguste. Thanks for receiving us so soon. It’s a great pleasure to interview you, o father of the homeland. What can you tell us about your new life as a ruler?) Continue Reading

  • Jan 05 / 2018
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Ancient World

Tears and Perfume

“Myrrha and Cinyras” by Virgil Solis


By Susi Ferrarello, Ph.D.

Tears and Shame

“I cried so much that I feel empty inside. I’m tired of all these tears. They weigh like rocks upon my cheeks,” a client of mine said to me. Continue Reading

  • Jan 03 / 2018
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Classical Literature

HAPPY ENDINGS – Chapter Five

“Young couple in a rural tavern” by Giacomo Francesco Cipper


By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

In a moment the inn was plunged into darkness, and countless black-clad spirits rushed in. For those who don’t know, Belfagor was one of the most powerful fallen angels and a character in a novel by Machiavelli. At the end of this work, the demon realized why love was the best supplier of souls for Hell. Just think of the thousands of crimes of passion that take place every year around the world! Belfagor looked at Cupid and said: Continue Reading