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  • Nov 03 / 2016
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Book, Film, and TV Reviews

Carmenta Book Review:
TROY: A Tragedy of a Movie!!!

Image for Troy movie


By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB


I remember back in 2004 being thrilled that Hollywood had decided to adapt the Iliad into a movie. I was very naïve back then, and so I thought they might do Homer at least partial justice. The movie was very well received by the general public, making almost $500 million worldwide, but it failed to understand what the Iliad actually teaches us. Now, allow me to explain the movie’s good and bad points and why I have given it only 2 stars. 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

  • Oct 20 / 2016
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Being an Actor in Ancient Rome

Roman mosaic depicting actors and an aulos player (House of the Tragic Poet, Pompeii)


Posted by Magister Andrew

Nowadays famous actors and actresses are honored and pampered with money and awards. Check out this article on the life of actors in Ancient Rome and just how different it was for them. Continue Reading

  • Oct 13 / 2016
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Ancient Greek

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