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Saturday, April 24th, 2021

Dickinson Ancient Greek Workshop Summer 2021: Against Neaira

Want to improve your reading fluency in Ancient Greek and learn more about ancient Greek culture? Please join us for the Dickinson Ancient Greek Workshop! What: Dickinson Ancient Greek Workshop When: August 9-13, 2021 Where: Zoom link to be provided to registered participants Text: Ps-Demosthenes, Against Neaira Delivered sometime in the late 340s BCE, Against Neaira […]

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020

Dawn at Thebes (Seneca, Hercules Furens 125-201)

Juno has just finished her opening monologue in which she whips herself into a frenzy of rage at Hercules. As the chorus enters, they sing of the dawn, then deliver an encomium of the simple country life, away from the ambition, greed, and corruption of city life. (Seneca apparently knew little of country life, which […]

Sunday, August 2nd, 2020

Seneca Hecules Furens 1-29

Soror Tonantis – hōc enim sōlum mihi nōmen relictum est – semper aliēnum Iovem ac templa summī vidua dēseruī aetheris, locumque caelō pulsa paelicibus dedī; tellūs colenda est, paelicēs caelum tenent.                 5 hinc Arctos altā parte glaciālis polī sublīme classēs sīdus Argolicās agit; hinc, quā recentī vēre laxātur diēs, Tyriae per undās vector Eurōpae nitet; […]

Sunday, June 14th, 2020

Phyllis to Demophoon, part 1: Ovid, Heroides 2.1-48

Hospita, Dēmophoōn, tua tē Rhodopēia Phyllis ultrā prōmissum tempus abesse queror. cornua cum lūnae plēnō semel orbe coīssent, lītoribus nostrīs ancora pacta tua est— lūna quater latuit, tōtō quater orbe recrēvit;                     5 nec vehit Actaeās Sīthonis unda ratēs. tempora sī numerēs—bene quae numerāmus amantēs— nōn venit ante suam nostra querēla diem. Spēs quoque lenta […]

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy 1.P4

Ancius Manlius Severinus Boethius rose to high honors under Theodoric the Ostrogoth (ruler of the independent Ostrogothic Kingdom of Italy between 493–526), but fell from favor, was tried for treason, wrongly condemned and imprisoned at Ticinum (Pavia). Sentenced to death and to forfeiture of all his property, Boethius was executed by sword, probably in the […]

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

Hecuba Tiger Queen

Ovid on the Metamorphoses compares Hecuba to a lioness, not a tigress, but as I discuss based on Pliny and Valerius Flaccus, the two animals were grouped together in the Roman mind under the heading of savage mothers who get cubs stolen by raptores. For the best Safeguard your things go through this once.  In […]

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Sulpicius Severus Life of St. Martin in full

At the kind suggestion of William Turpin I have collected the recordings of the Latin text of Sulpicius Severus’ Life of St. Martin that I originally made to accompany my commentary on that text. So here it is, the Life of St. Martin entire, over an hour and a half of Latin read aloud (no translation), broken […]

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Rhythmic Fluency 2: The Hendecasyllable

In this second installment of a three part series, Lance Piantaggini drums his way to a better understanding of the Latin hendecasyllable, using Catullus 1.1-2 as an example. He also discusses the downside of scansion, and suggests a system where, rather than indicating metrical feet above the line, we simply rely on macrons to make […]

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Abracadabra (Serenus Sammonicus Lib. Med. 923-941)

Abracadabra   mortiferum magis est quod Graecis hemitritaeos vulgatur verbis; hoc nostrā dicere linguā non potuēre ulli, puto, nec voluere parentes. inscribes chartae quod dicitur abracadabra saepius et subter repetes, sed detrahe summam et magis atque magis desint elementa figuris singula, quae semper rapies, et cetera figes, donec in angustum redigatur littera conum : his […]

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

I Hate and I Love (Catullus 85)

Catullus 85 Odi et amo. Quare id faciam, fortasse requiris. Nescio, sed fieri sentio et excrucior.   C.H. Sisson (1967): I hate and I love. You may well ask, why I do so. I do not know, but I feel it and suffer.   Horace Gregory (1956): I HATE and love. And if you ask […]