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Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

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

Guide to a happy life, from the Roman epigram writer Martial (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 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.

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

A cure for madness (Quintus Serenus, Liber Medicinalis 1.87-99)

Quintus Serenus 1.87-99 ex vitio cerebri phrenesis furiosa movetur 87 amissasque refert frendens amentia vires, sive calens febris iactatos exedit artus sive meri gustus seu frigoris efficit aura. 90 convenit calidis pecudum pulmonibus apte tempora languentis medica redimire corona. inlotis etiam lanis suffire memento cerritum; saepe horrendi medicantur odores. non semper praesens dolor est sanabilis: […]

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Bring Vergil back (Horace, Odes 1.3)

Horace Odes 1.3 Horace’s sending-off poem (or propempticon) for Vergil is written in a meter usually called the “Forth Asclepiad,” (though the terminology varies depending on which modern authority you check). It consists of a Glyconic line followed by an Asclepiad line. In this installment I discuss the poem briefly and describe its meter, give […]

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Sulpicius Severus, Life of St. Martin

It’s prose, not poetry, but I just finished recording the complete Life of St. Martin, Bishop of Tours (AD 316 or 317-397), written by Sulpicius Severus (ca. AD 363 – ca. 425). You can listen to the audio by clicking on the “media” tab at the right of each chapter on this site. The text […]

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 […]

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Repaying Student debt

The first step in repaying student debt is knowing what you owe and what you don’t. The most frequently asked question we get is, “How much do I owe?” The answer is $1,100. The repayment calculator below will show you what your student loan balance is and how much you can pay each month. This […]