Category Archives: Ancient History

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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Yes, Kids Can Handle Darker Themes in Movies…

Two movies I personally find to be a goldmine of deep themes and intellectual richness for children are The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Disney, and The Prince of Egypt by Dreamworks. The Hunchback of Notre Dame The Hunchback of … Continue reading

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One Culture’s “Heaven” is Another One’s Hell: Pederasty in Ancient Greece

As historians, I have often emphasized the need to suspend our own cultural tastes, opinions and taboos to be able to study those who came before us in an objective scholarly way. Most of the time for many scholars this … Continue reading

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Happy International Septuagint Day!

The Septuagint is a Greek Translation of the Hebrew Books in the Bible! As there is a Greek New Testament, the Septuagint is essentially the Greek Old Testament with a few additional books not found in the Christian Bible! The … Continue reading

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