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  • Feb 16 / 2017
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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 02 / 2017
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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

  • Jan 03 / 2017
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Virgil’s Death of Laocoön

“Laocoön and His Sons”, Vatican Museum, Vatican City

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Today we’ll be looking at the events that took place a few days before the fall of Troy. When the Trojans found the wooden horse, they were not sure whether they should keep it or burn it. That is when a wise priest of Apollo named Laocoön tried to warn them about the danger of keeping the Greek “gift”. The Olympian gods, however, had already decided that Troy had to be destroyed, and they would not hesitate to kill any mortal who would dare warn the Trojans about the Greek trap. Continue Reading

  • Dec 29 / 2016
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Nestor: The Conciliator

“Achilles Giving Nestor the Price of Wisdom”, by Raymond Monvoisin

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Today’s topic is one of Homer’s favorite characters from his Iliad: Nestor, king of Pylos. He was once a brave man who participated in the quest for the Golden Fleece and also on the hunt for the Caledonian Boar. However, when the Trojan War took place, Nestor was already an elderly man and, therefore, unable to do much fighting. Nevertheless, he plays an important role as the wise man who tried to conciliate Agamemnon and Achilles. Continue Reading

  • Dec 27 / 2016
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Batrachomyomachia: A Classical Parody

Batrachomyomachia (The Battle of the Frogs and the Mice) by Bjørn Okholm Skaarup

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Today we’ll be looking at a comic epic called Batrachomyomachia (“Battle of Frogs and Mice”), a parody of Homer’s Iliad. Its authorship has been disputed, though most scholars today believe it is the work of an anonymous poet from the time of Alexander the Great. Ancient authors claimed that Homer himself was the author. Continue Reading

  • Dec 13 / 2016
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Sinon: The Man Behind The Fall of Troy

“The Procession of the Trojan Horse in Troy” by Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Hello, everyone! Welcome to Carmenta’s Classical Blog. Today I’ll be sharing the story of a character who played an important role in the outcome of the Trojan War. It is widely known that the Trojans decided to take a wooden horse into their city; less spoken of, however, is the man who convinced them to do it. His name was Sinon, a relative of Odysseus who had been charged by the Greek chieftains with that very task. Continue Reading

  • Nov 10 / 2016
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The Face of the Famed Mycenaean ‘Griffin Warrior’ is Reconstructed from His Seal Depiction

The face of the famed Mycenaean ‘Griffin Warrior’ is reconstructed from his seal depiction

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

The 3500-year old Mycenaean ‘Griffin Warrior’ grave found in Pylos (in October 2015) was filled with over 1,400 precious objects. Researchers from the University of Witwatersrand of Johannesburg recently reconstructed the face of the presumably renowned warrior with the aid of a depiction on an ancient seal discovered inside the tomb. Continue Reading

  • Oct 13 / 2016
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Skeleton Uncovered at Ancient Antikythera Shipwreck

Divers examine human bones excavated from the Antikythera shipwreck

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

The famous shipwreck that brought us the mysterious Antikythera mechanism has revealed a new secret: a two-thousand-year-old human skeleton. The team hopes to extract DNA from the skull – a feat never attempted before on bones this old that have been underwater for so long. Continue Reading