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  • Dec 20 / 2016
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The Old Man and the Donkey

Aesop’s fables engraving

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

In studying the literature of different civilizations-even those that are a great distance from each other-there is a common affinity for fables. Despite what many people think, fables are not exclusive to children. In fact, there are fables which only a more mature and experienced audience may be able to fully appreciate. Continue Reading

  • Nov 29 / 2016
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Top 10 Strangest Deaths of Roman Emperors

Roman emperor Tiberius

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

Between 27 BC and AD 476, the Roman Empire was ruled by 77 emperors. Most of them didn’t enjoy a long reign – 33 of these emperors were murdered, while others died in battle and several killed themselves. Click to see the list of the ten strangest deaths of Roman Emperors. Continue Reading

  • Nov 24 / 2016
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The Correct Latin Pronunciation: Classical or Ecclesiastical?

A fresco portrait of Ovid by Luca Signorelli

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

The title question has been puzzling people for as long as anyone can remember. Teachers, students, and scholars who have dedicated their lives to the study of the language of the ancient Romans have been asking themselves this forever. So then, is there a perfect pronunciation of Latin that can tell us how Cicero, Caesar, and Tacitus would have spoken their mother tongue? Continue Reading

  • Nov 22 / 2016
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1,800-Year-Old Map of Rome Gets Back a Missing Piece

1,800-Year-Old Map of Rome Gets Back a Missing Piece

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

An 1,800-year-old map of Rome called the Forma Urbis Romae is a gargantuan map of Rome, originally made between the years 203-211 AD. Researchers have tried to piece together this huge ancient map. Till now they have only been able to gather around 10-12 percent of the total façade. But recently experts discovered a new large fragment, and it seems to fit! Continue Reading

  • Oct 25 / 2016
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Latin: A Dead Language or Very Much Alive?

Fragmentary military diploma from Carnuntum

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Latin, the language of the Romans and their literature, is extremely important in an historical context, but is it only a language of the past, a dead language? Or in fact, is Latin still very much alive? To the average man on the street (assuming he’d even heard of Latin) the answer would probably be clear. “Latin? Isn’t that the language of a long-passed empire and babbling old priests? What use could Latin ever have today? I can’t imagine anyone has spoken it for centuries.” In his mind the Latin language died long long ago. Continue Reading

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