Entries from September 2007

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

The Plea of Orpheus (Ovid, Metamorphoses 10.14-39)

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] perque leves populos simulacraque functa sepulcro Persephonen adiit inamoenaque regna tenentem umbrarum dominum pulsisque ad carmina nervis sic ait: ‘o positi sub terra numina mundi, in quem reccidimus, quicquid mortale creamur, si licet et falsi positis ambagibus oris vera loqui sinitis, non huc, ut opaca viderem Tartara, descendi, […]

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

Hymn to a Gladiator (Martial 5.24)

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Hermes Martia saeculi uoluptas, Hermes omnibus eruditus armis, Hermes et gladiator et magister, Hermes turbo sui tremorque ludi, Hermes, quem timet Helius, sed unum, 5 Hermes, cui cadit Aduolans, sed uni, Hermes uincere nec ferire doctus, Hermes subpositicius sibi ipse, Hermes diuitiae locariorum, Hermes cura laborque ludiarum, 10 […]