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  • Jan 25 / 2018
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Y Gododdin: An Overlooked Epic Poem

Edinburgh Castle

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

When classicists think of epic poems, the Iliad or the Aeneid are often the first that come to mind. The Greeks and Romans have contributed a number of jewels to world literature, but we shouldn’t overlook the poetry produced by other great civilizations. It’s time that classics departments throughout the world started giving these works the attention they deserve. Continue Reading

  • Jan 03 / 2018
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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

  • Dec 27 / 2017
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HAPPY ENDINGS – Chapter Four

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

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

The other men felt a great upwelling of feeling as Don Giovanni spoke. They realized that they should be loyal to their ideals of true love and monogamy, even if their wives were untamed shrews. On the other hand, they couldn’t deny there was a bitter truth in the words of the well-known libertine. Romeo was about to deliver a speech defending his ideals, when Leporello addressed his lord: Continue Reading

  • Dec 19 / 2017
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HAPPY ENDINGS – Chapter Three

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

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

– That’s not true! – a mysterious voice echoes from the other side of the inn. Recovering from their surprise, our characters saw a man dressed in Indian garb and holding a bow and arrow. The man approached, now speaking in a much softer voice: Continue Reading

  • Dec 14 / 2017
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Scholars and Warriors: John Roy Stewart

“Jacobites, 1745” by John Pettie

 

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

Introduction

This series, which we are calling “Scholars and Warriors”, hopes to challenge a modern-day stereotype: the idea that a man must either like poetry and literature or be interested in sports or fighting, never both. Men who like poetry are too often seen as effeminate or weak, and the ones who like sports or martial arts are seen as brainless hooligans. People today often don’t realize that it’s possible to like both, even though in earlier periods these things often went hand in hand. Continue Reading

  • Dec 12 / 2017
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HAPPY ENDINGS – Chapter Two

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

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

At that moment, a customer sitting next to Romeo asked:

– Pardon? Are you talking to me?

– What? No. I think you must have heard wrong, sir – answered the innkeeper.

– Sorry. I thought I heard someone pronounce my name. My name is Paris. Continue Reading

  • Dec 05 / 2017
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HAPPY ENDINGS – Chapter One

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

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Before one accuses the author of anachronism and incoherence, I beg you to give me leave to commit those two deadly sins for a writer, because this tale could not be written otherwise. Therefore, I must make it absolutely clear that you will hear dialogues between characters who lived in different ages, spoke different languages and would never have met! At the end of this narrative, you will understand the reason. Continue Reading

  • Oct 24 / 2017
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Sherlock Holmes: Detective, Linguist, and Scholar

Statue of Sherlock Holmes, London

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

We are all familiar with Conan Doyle’s greatest character, the inimitable Sherlock Holmes. In the following article, I will be pointing out an aspect of this character you may have missed, that he wasn’t just a master detective, but he was also a man who cared about classics and literature. Continue Reading

  • Aug 24 / 2017
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Overlooked Literature: Old Norse

Manuscript of Prose Edda (Iceland, 1765-1766)

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

This article is part of a series on literature produced in a variety or archaic and modern languages, including Old English, Old Irish, Chinese, Irish, and Gaelic. In this article I focus on the great literary tradition of the Norse peoples. Continue Reading

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