Entries from August 2012

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Basics of Scansion 7: Elision

Explanation of the concept and practice of elision in Latin poetry, with lots of examples.

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Basics of Scansion 6: The Mute + Liquid Rule

Explanation of the mute + liquid rule in Latin poetry, whereby a syllable is not counted long when a short vowel is followed by two consonants if those consonants are a mute and a liquid (br, tr, gl, etc.)

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Basics of Scansion 5: Syllable Quantities

Explanation of the concept of syllable quantity, with lots of examples from Latin poetry, with special attention to problems created by consonantal i, and qu- and su-.

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Basics of Scansion 4: Known Quantities

Discussion of Latin words with consistent quantities, knowledge of which will help in scanning Latin poetry.

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Basics of Scansion Part 3: Ambiguous Quantities

Discussion of how vowel quantities can change the meaning and function of Latin words, with focus on the implications for scansion of poetry.

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Basics of Scansion Part 2: Vowel Quantities

Discussion of long and short vowels and diphthongs, with special attention to apparent diphthongs that are actually two syllables.

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Basics of Scansion Part 1: Stress Accent vs. Quanitity

Introduction to the concepts of prosody, scansion, stress accent and quantitative meters, with examples of scansion in English and Latin.

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Show Me the Scansion

I have been experimenting with a nifty iPad app and teacher community called ShowMe¬†as a way of teaching the basics of scansion and reading aloud. It has a sort of “telestrator” feature that seems tailor made for this kind of thing. I have one on the very basics of Latin prosody, and one on Latin […]

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

A Fabulous Punishment (Martial, De Spectaculis 7)

Martial De Spectaculis 9 The epigram writer Martial describes a mythological enactment in the arena, the execution of a slave which was staged to resemble a popular mime based on the story of a notorious bandit, Laureolus. He compares his fate of being exposed to a bear to that of the mythological hero Prometheus, punished […]