Entries from May 2007

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

The Gifts of Venus (Lucretius, De rerum natura 1.1-20)

Lucretius’ poem on nature opens with an invocation addressed not to the Muses but to Venus, goddess of love and sex. [audio:http://blogs.dickinson.edu/archive/images/lucretius-11-20.mp3] Aeneadum genetrix, hominum divumque voluptas, alma Venus, caeli subter labentia signa quae mare navigerum, quae terras frugiferentis concelebras, per te quoniam genus omne animantum concipitur visitque exortum lumina solis:                    5 te, dea, te fugiunt venti, te […]

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

Panic – Defensive Driving and Making Roads Safer

Defensive Driving and Making Roads Safer The biggest cause of road crashes in South Africa is driver error. It is generally accepted that 85-90% of road crashes can be attributed to driver error. This includes not only the honest mistake or error in judgement but also driver recklessness, driver inattention and many other factors. It […]

Monday, May 14th, 2007

Why poets are needed (Cicero, Pro Archia)

Cicero defends the poet Archias against the charge that he was not a Roman citizen, and in the process tells the jury why, in his view, poetry is valuable to the state and why the name of poet is revered (sanctum). The speech was originally given in 62 B.C. Latin text of the speech, with English and French […]