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  • Jul 11 / 2017
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Latin

Homework Suggestion: Columbus’ Latin Letter

“Landing of Columbus” by John Vanderlyn

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

One of the greatest unknown Latin gems of the post-medieval period is a letter written by Christopher Columbus to his employers. This important historical document written in the language of Cicero contains Columbus’ first impression of the New World on his journey to find a new route to the Indies. Continue Reading

  • Jul 11 / 2017
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Education

How to Learn a Modern Foreign Language

Books for learning a modern foreign language

 

By Andrew Kuhry-Haeuser, Carmenta Founder

There are three main steps for successful modern-language learning:

1) Begin with Grammar

The first step is to learn the most basic grammar of the language. It’s always a mistake to ignore the grammar of a language and pursue a 100%-conversation approach right from the beginning. Instead, start by learning how sentences are constructed in the new language using a well-organized, grammar-intensive textbook. Continue Reading

  • Jul 06 / 2017
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Ancient Greek

Art and Classics Series: Rage of Achilles

“The Rage of Achilles” by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

This article is the first in a series exploring the links between art and classical studies. The goal is to help teachers show their students how to use works of art to develop a taste for the classical world. After all, we know that “a picture says a thousand words”, and the visual arts can be a great way to introduce students to classical mythology and history. Continue Reading

  • Jul 06 / 2017
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How to Be Admitted into the College of Your Choice

How to be admitted into the college of your choice

 

By Andrew Kuhry-Haeuser, Carmenta Founder

Every year tens of thousands of high-achieving American and international students compete for a relatively small number of undergraduate spots at a handful of elite US universities. They’re all highly dedicated and hard-working, but the unfortunate fact is, the vast majority of those who apply to top colleges will not be accepted. Surprisingly, this often won’t be because the student doesn’t deserve to be accepted but instead because the student (like most who apply) has been doing the opposite of what he or she should have done! Continue Reading

  • Jul 04 / 2017
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Ancient Greek

Art and Classics Series: Thetis and Zeus

“Jupiter and Thetis” by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

This article is part of a series that encourages teachers to use works of art in the classroom to develop students’ taste for classical studies. After all, everybody is familiar with the proverb “a picture’s worth a thousand words”. Why not apply this to teaching the classics? With this goal in mind, I’ll be discussing one of my favorite paintings, “Thetis and Zeus” by the French artist Ingres. Continue Reading

  • Jul 04 / 2017
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Education

How to Get a Perfect Score on the Latin SAT Subject Test

Zane, 17, Carmenta Latin Student

 

By Andrew Kuhry-Haeuser, Carmenta Founder

I’ve developed the following approach to the Latin SAT Subject Test over the course of more than two decades as a Latin student and teacher. The first section of this article covers the 6 essential elements of Latin knowledge a student needs to cover when studying for the Latin SAT. The second section provides details on the best sources for Latin SAT practice work, practice tests, and tutoring. Continue Reading

  • Jun 28 / 2017
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Latin

Latin Homework Suggestion: Calgacus’ Speech

19th century print depicting Calgacus delivering his speech to the Caledonians

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

Throughout history there have been a handful of speeches that have been remembered and elevated to the status of great works of oratory. Some of the most well-known include the Gettysburg Address, Charlie Chaplin’s speech in the movie “The Great Dictator” and Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream…” speech. Today I’m going to be focussing on a speech that dating from the Roman invasion of England, delivered by Calgacus, chieftain of the Caledonian Confederacy who fought the Roman army of Gnaeus Julius Agricola at the Battle of Mons Graupius in northern Scotland in AD 83 or 84. Continue Reading

  • Jun 28 / 2017
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Education

How to Get a 5 on the AP Latin Exam

Declan, 12, Carmenta Latin Junior Student

 

By Andrew Kuhry-Haeuser, Carmenta Founder

I developed the following approach to preparing for and taking the AP Latin Exam over the course of more than two decades as a Latin student and teacher. The first part of this article covers the 6 steps students need to take leading up to the AP Latin Exam. The second part covers the 5 essential aspects of a good general Latin education, which top scorers need to have had as well. Continue Reading

  • Jun 27 / 2017
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Ancient Greek

Art and Classics Series: The Apotheosis of Homer

“Apotheosis of Homer” by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

This article is part of a series intended to encourage teachers to use works of art in the classroom in order to develop students’ taste for classical studies. After all, we all know the proverb “a picture’s worth a thousand words” – a good visual can be tremendously effective in making a point, and there’s no reason not to apply this to the classics. In this article, I’ll be using one of my favorite paintings as an example, “The Apotheosis of Homer”. Continue Reading

  • Jun 27 / 2017
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Education

How to Get an “A” in Latin

Carmenta's Latin Conversation class puts Elizabeth, 16, and other Carmenta students on the accelerated track to true fluency in the Latin language.

 

By Andrew Kuhry-Haeuser, Carmenta Founder

Many students who study Latin at the grade school, high school, or university level consistently underperform both grade-wise and in their general competence in the language. This can be traced back to a number of common issues, including confusing and poorly organized textbooks, failure to develop an oral relationship with the language, insufficient and incorrect oral drilling of forms and rules of grammar, and incomplete command of steps for translating sentences. Continue Reading

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