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  • Nov 21 / 2017
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Classical Interviews: Homer

“Homer and His Guide” by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

I first got the idea for these made-up interviews from the novel Gog by the Italian writer Giovanni Papini, though his “interviews” were with people a bit more contemporary. Today I will be interviewing one of the greatest poets in the history of mankind. His epic poems will be forever remembered as universal masterpieces. That’s right! I’m talking about Homer. The problem is that our guest didn’t feel comfortable talking much about his personal life, so I can’t solve the “Homeric question”. Sorry, folks! Continue Reading

  • Nov 14 / 2017
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Classical Interviews: Emperor Augustus

The statue known as the Augustus of Prima

 

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 thing, but with well-known personalities from the ancient Greek and Roman world. In today’s interview, I feel honored to interview Rome’s first emperor and Caesar’s adoptive son. Continue Reading

  • Nov 09 / 2017
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Classical Interviews: Vergil

“Virgil Reading the Aeneid to Augustus, Octavia, and Livia” by Jean-Baptiste Wicar

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

This is one in a series of interviews with well-known personalities from the ancient Greek and Roman world. Today I feel honored to interview one of the greatest epic poets in the history of mankind, Vergil! Continue Reading

  • Nov 07 / 2017
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Ancient China’s Battle of Red Cliffs

The Battle of Red Cliffs

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

This article is one in a series of great ancient stories from outside the Greco-Roman world. You’re probably familiar with the tale of Leonidas and his three hundred Spartans, right? Today I will be talking about a similar event that took place in Ancient China in which a small army resisted a much bigger one. In my opinion, the moral of these stories is — it’s not only force that counts on the battlefield; war is a game of wits, as is life! Continue Reading

  • Nov 02 / 2017
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Classical Interviews: Cicero

Bust of Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

This article is one in 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 the greatest Roman orator and perhaps one of the greatest speech writers in the world, Marcus Tullius Cicero! Continue Reading

  • Oct 26 / 2017
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Classical Interviews: Horace

“Horace reads before Maecenas”, by Fyodor Bronnikov

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

I first got the idea for these made-up interviews from the novel Gog by the Italian writer Giovanni Papini, though his “interviews” were with people a bit more contemporary. Today I will be interviewing one of the greatest poets not only of Rome but also of all time, in my humble opinion. Continue Reading

  • Oct 19 / 2017
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Classical Interviews: Emperor Tiberius

Statue of Tiberius from Priverno

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

This is one in a series of interviews with well-known personalities from the ancient Greek and Roman world. Today I feel honoured to interview Rome’s second emperor and Augustus’ adopted son, Tiberius. Continue Reading

  • Oct 17 / 2017
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The Chinese Trojan Horse

China's Terracotta Warriors

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

Today I would like to share a story which I heard from my Chinese tutor: the tale of Gou Jian and the Chinese Trojan Horse. Continue Reading

  • Oct 12 / 2017
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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 03 / 2017
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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

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