Entries from October 2007

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

What to pray for (Juvenal, Satire 10.346-366)

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] nil ergo optabunt homines? si consilium uis, permittes ipsis expendere numinibus quid conueniat nobis rebusque sit utile nostris; nam pro iucundis aptissima quaeque dabunt di. carior est illis homo quam sibi. nos animorum 350 inpulsu et caeca magnaque cupidine ducti coniugium petimus partumque uxoris, at illis notum qui […]

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

He’s Dug a Trench: a song for Professor Fitts

This is a song for the retiring professor Fitts in Classical Studies and Archaeology, a hymn to his achievements and stature. It includes a brief mention of his resemblance to the Roman emperor Vespasian (see the photo below). The melody is from an old English folksong, “I Drew My Ship into the Harbor.” [Audio clip: […]