Entries Tagged as 'Latin Poetry Podcast'

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Rhythmic Fluency: The Dactylic Hexameter

Rhythmic Fluency – 1 In this guest podcast (first of a three-part series) Latinist and drummer Lance Piantaggini discusses the dactylic hexameter, and provides drum backing tracks (of the kind a jazz musician might use) for us to practice feeling the natural rhythms of the line. He pays special attention to the caesura, and argues […]

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Now winter’s grip loosens (Horace, Odes 1.4)

Horace Odes 1.4 Solvitur acris hiems grata vice veris et Favoni trahuntque siccas machinae carinas, ac neque iam stabulis gaudet pecus aut arator igni nec prata canis albicant pruinis. iam Cytherea choros ducit Venus imminente luna, 5 iunctaeque Nymphis Gratiae decentes alterno terram quatiunt pede, dum gravis Cyclopum Volcanus ardens visit officinas. nunc decet aut […]

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Wish to Be What You Are (Martial, Epigrams 10.47)

Guide to a happy life, from the Roman epigram writer MartialĀ (M. Valerius Martialis). The Martialis mentioned in line 2 is L. Julius Martialis, the poet’s closest friend. My translation is below. Martial 10.47 Vitam quae faciant beatiorem, Iucundissime Martialis, haec sunt: Res non parta labore, sed relicta; Non ingratus ager, focus perennis; Lis numquam, toga […]

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.