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I like ancient and medieval history!

Some Resources for Learning Ancient Greek…

I wanted to comment on some great resources for learning more Ancient Greek that I found but never got the change to write about and share as I try to learn some. I thought this would be a good time … Continue reading

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“What Have The Romans Ever Done For Us?”: Rightful Acknowledgement or Western Supremacy?

There’s this Monty Python sketch from The Life of Brian where one of the Jews asks the question in the title above, as the Romans were their “oppressors” in Roman Palestine at the time of Jesus (and Brian). Another comically … Continue reading

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Helping Make History More Interesting: Mary Beard and Joyce Reynolds

As a huge history buff and passionate about the study of history and related disciplines, like linguistics, comparative religion, archaeology, anthropology etc., it is inspiring and immensely fascinating to learn more about prominent scholars in various fields. I’ve covered some … Continue reading

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Two Ways to Say It: Diglossia in Ancient Greek and Latin

In English here in the US we have several regional colloquial dialects of English, but for official matters like school, news reports, non fiction books, magazines etc. there is a standard English being used for official public everyday life. However, … Continue reading

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Lost in Translation: The Importance of Cultural Context

I have made the point before that cultural context matters when trying to ascribe meaning to something someone from a distant time period or foreign culture has to say. Cultural context refers to what something means in the particular culture … Continue reading

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Athenaze: An Introduction to Ancient Greek

You may have noticed that some of my more recent posts have to do with Ancient Greece and the classical world. I have become more interested in that time period again, only instead of the Romans like last year, currently … Continue reading

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“They Have Risen!”

Jesus wasn’t the only god who died and rose again in the springtime! The theme of “Dying and Rising” gods was common in agricultural societies where naturally, the deities would follow the cycle of growth in the spring and summer, … Continue reading

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