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Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Horace’s Lyric Meters 2: Sapphic (Odes 1.2)

This is the second in a series dealing with Horace’s lyric meters. The previous installment covered Asclepiadeans. This one discusses the Sapphic stanza, so named because of its association with Sappho, the famous Greek lyric poet. Odes 1.2 is summarized as follows by Nisbet and Hubbard: God has sent enough ill-omened weather. We begin to be […]

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Horace’s lyric meters: Asclepiadeans (Odes 1.1)

Herewith a re-do of a poem I have done on an earlier podcast, this time with special attention to the meter. It is part of a series on Horace’s lyric meters. This installment focuses on a meter that scholars call variously Asclepiads, asclepiadeans, the First Asclepiad, and the Lesser Asclepiad. The name is given by […]

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Not Going Back There (Phaedrus, Fables 1.18)

Phaedrus Fables 1.18 Nemo libenter recolit qui laesit locum. Instante partu mulier actis mensibus humi iacebat flebilis gemitus ciens. Vir est hortatus, corpus lecto reciperet, onus naturae melius quo deponeret. “Minime”, inquit, “illo posse confido loco malum finiri, quo conceptum est initio.” Phaedrus, Fables 1.18. Text: Giannina Solimano, ed. Fedro: Favole (n.p.: Garzanti, 1996) Francesco […]

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

The Wrath of Iarbas (Vergil, Aeneid 4.196-218)

The Wrath of Iarbas protinus ad regem cursus detorquet Iarban incenditque animum dictis atque aggerat iras. Hic Hammone satus rapta Garamantide nympha templa Iovi centum latis immania regnis, centum aras posuit vigilemque sacraverat ignem,               200 excubias diuum aeternas, pecudumque cruore pingue solum et variis florentia limina sertis. isque amens animi et rumore accensus amaro dicitur ante […]

Friday, May 6th, 2011

New batch of Catullus podcasts

My students have just produced some new Catullus podcasts, including dueling versions of 101, some delightful discussions of 13 (Cenabis bene) and 14 (Marrucine Asini), and a dramatic treatment of 63.1-30, about Attis, the self-castrating priest of Cybele. among others. Great stuff. Give them a listen here if you have a chance. The class is […]

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

On translating Vergil (Aeneid 1.305-309, 6.26-27)

Translating Vergil Aeneid 1.305-309 At pius Aeneas, per noctem plurima volvens, ut primum lux alma data est, exire locosque explorare novos, quas vento accesserit oras, qui teneant, nam inculta videt, hominesne feraene, quaerere constituit, sociisque exacta referre. Fitzgerald: But the dedicated man, Aeneas, thoughtful through the restless night, Made up his mind, as kindly daylight […]

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

O Socii (Vergil, Aeneid 1.198-209)

O Socii ‘O socii—neque enim ignari sumus ante malorum— O passi graviora, dabit deus his quoque finem. Vos et Scyllaeam rabiem penitusque sonantis 200 accestis scopulos, vos et Cyclopea saxa experti: revocate animos, maestumque timorem mittite: forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit. Per varios casus, per tot discrimina rerum tendimus in Latium; sedes ubi fata […]

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Always a Listener (Juvenal, Satire 1.1-21)

Juvenal Sat. 1.1-21 Semper ego auditor tantum? numquamne reponam uexatus totiens rauci Theseide Cordi? inpune ergo mihi recitaverit ille togatas, hic elegos? inpune diem consumpserit ingens Telephus aut summi plena iam margine libri scriptus et in tergo necdum finitus Orestes? nota magis nulli domus est sua quam mihi lucus Martis et Aeoliis vicinum rupibus antrum […]

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

The Elephant (Anth. Lat. 187)

Chief of Monsters Monstrorum princeps, Elephans proboscide saevus horret mole nigra, dente micat niveo. sed vario fugienda malo cum belua gliscat, est tamen excepti mors pretiosa feri. nam quae conspicimus montani roboris ossa humanis veniunt usibus apta satis. consulibus sceptrum, mensis decus, arma tablistis, discolor et tabulae calculus inde datur. haec est humanae semper mutatio […]

Friday, July 30th, 2010

The Glory of Spain (Claudian, Laus Serenae 50-69)

In honor of Spain’s recent world cup victory, here’s a bit of Claudian on the glories of Spain (Hispania to the Romans): Claudian Laus Serenae Quid dignum memorare tuis, Hispania, terris vox humana valet? primo levat aequore solem India: tu fessos exacta luce iugales proluis inque tuo respirant sidera fluctu. dives equis, frugum facilis, pretiosa metallis, […]