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  • Jun 21 / 2016
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Latin

Fahrenheit 451 and the Importance of a Classical Education

Fahrenheit 451 and the Importance of a Classical Education

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

“Intellectual? That’s a swear word. Drop discipline. Kill Latin. Poison English. Damn grammar. Forget spelling. Empty the theatres. Shut the cinemas.”

The United States has made great contributions to world literature through lauded writers like Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Herman Melville. There’s another, often overlooked, author who I think also deserves to be listed among the greats: Ray Bradbury. Continue Reading

  • Jun 15 / 2016
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Ancient Greek

Did the Greeks Invent the Automatically Opening Door?

The automatic opening of the temple gates after sacrifice had taken place on its altar

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

Did you know that the Ancient Greeks had automatically opening doors? The invention of Heron of Alexandria, which permitted the automatic opening of the temple gates after the sacrifice on its altar, is history’s first architectural automatization. This is just one of many marvels in the Hi-Tech Inventions of Ancient Greece exhibition at the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology, Katakolo, Greece. Click on the link to see exactly how this remarkable device worked! Continue Reading

  • Jun 10 / 2016
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Ancient Greek

Aristotle’s 2,400-Year-Old Tomb Found at Stagira

Aristotle’s tomb

 

Posted by Magister Andrew

Greek archaeologists at Ancient Stagira, Central Macedonia, say they have found Aristotle’s tomb. Addressing the “Aristotle 2400 Years World Congress”, they point to the 2,400-year-old tomb as the most important finding from the 20-year excavation. Click the link to learn all about it! Continue Reading

  • May 20 / 2016
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Ancient Greek

Say What?: A look at some of the many ways to say “say” in Ancient Greek

Carmenta Ancient Greek student

 

By Kostas Petropoulos, M.A.

Last month I wrote about the many different ways to say “say” or “speak” in Latin. In the interest of fairness I thought it only right to offer a sequel and do the same for Ancient Greek. As with Latin, the fact that such a list is even possible is ample evidence of the greatness of these wonderful languages. With that in mind here again is my personal top ten: Continue Reading