Archives for April, 2009

29
Apr

Michael Choniates on Athens (13-18)

  1. Ὡς δυστυχὴς ἔγωγε, καινὸς Ἰξίων,
  2. ἐρῶν Ἀθηνῶν, ὡς ἐκεῖνος τῆς Ἥρας,
  3. εἶτα λαθὼν εἴδωλον ἠγκαλισμένος.
  4. Φεῦ! οἷα πάσχω καὶ λέγω τε καὶ γράφω.
  5. Οἰκῶν Ἀθήνας οὐκ Ἀθήνας που βλέπω,
  6. κόνιν δὲ λυπρὰν καὶ κενὴν μακαρίαν.

Thus am I ill-starred, a new Ixion,
a lover of Athens as that one of Hera,
having missed her, embracing an image.
Ah, such things I endure and speak and write!
Dwelling at Athens, it’s not Athens that I see anywhere,
but agonizing dust and empty bliss.

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27
Apr

quo ruit?

Where did I rush off to, and why did I leave my post here at the Campvs? Well, it’s been a very mundane odyssey. I was stranded at school with what I and the locksmiths thought was a bad ignition. A few hours waiting, $300 out of pocket, and a nice drive home and my ignition wouldn’t turn. Something about a steering wheel lock mechanism, and another day was wasted. Of course there were all of the usual obligations, mainly work-related (like struggling to fit the AP syllabus into a block schedule beginning in February). But the worst of all is helping someone to move. Hour upon hour under a hot sun. I still haven’t fully recovered. I tried to tell these people: I’m a teacher. I mostly stand, point at a board, read a bit, shuffle ten feet to this side, ten feet to that, nodding or frowning as I go. Sometimes I talk myself hoarse. This business of carrying sofas down three flights of stairs then 50 yards through a courtyard before reaching the truck is no longer my forte.

And if you think I have some catching up to do here, you should see my workload and classwork.

23
Apr

Lucan, Bellum civile 1.38-45

  1. diros Pharsalia campos
  2. inpleat et Poeni saturentur sanguine manes,
  3. ultima funesta concurrant proelia Munda,
  4. his, Caesar, Perusina fames Mutinaeque labores
  5. accedant fatis et quas premit aspera classes
  6. Leucas et ardenti servilia bella sub Aetna,
  7. multum Roma tamen debet civilibus armis,
  8. quod tibi res acta est.

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21
Apr

Classics at Warwick

I was snooping around on iTunesU the other day and came across a new podcast from the University of Warwick Department of Classics and Ancient History.  There only seems to be one episode so far–a nice introduction to numismatics.  If you don’t use iTunes, here is a link to the podcast on their departmental webpage.

19
Apr

Posting on the go

Well, I’m not really on the go. I’m actually on my couch watching the ball game. But I could be on the go, posting from my brand new G1. I’ve got these nice little visions of blogging from out of the way places and snapping pictures of great book finds or funny bits of bad Latin. Surprisingly it’s pretty easy to use. Though I may now be more dependent on my phone, it still feels liberating. I’m no longer tied to my computer for so many tasks.

17
Apr

Lucan, Bellum civile 1.33-8

  1. quod si non aliam venturo fata Neroni
  2. invenere viam, magnoque aeterna parantur
  3. regna deis, caelumque suo servire Tonanti
  4. non nisi saevorum potuit post bella gigantum,
  5. iam nihil, o superi, querimur; scelera ipsa nefasque
  6. hac mercede placent.

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16
Apr

Riddle me this

Here’s a bit of Latin for you to puzzle over.

arrum noae pribo iam togus vin velim ulletris tatal virum vae rem nobi

Any guesses?

No takers? Well, this one is pretty epic. I need you to make sure you start on the right foot. Or the right part of the foot.

15
Apr

Lucan, Bellum civile 1.24-32

  1. at nunc semirutis pendent quod moenia tectis
  2. urbibus Italiae, lapsisque ingentia muris
  3. saxa iacent, nulloque domus custode tenentur
  4. rarus et antiquis habitator in urbibus errat,
  5. horrida quod dumis multosque inarata per annos
  6. Hesperia est, desuntque manus poscentibus arvis,
  7. non tu, Pyrrhe ferox, nec tantis cladibus auctor
  8. Poenus erit: nulli penitus descendere ferro
  9. contigit; alta sedent civilis vulnera dextrae.

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14
Apr

Michael Choniates on Athens (9-12)

  1. οἳ τὰς ἀληθεῖς τῶν ποθουμένων θέας
  2. ἀμηχανοῦντες ὡς παρόντων προσβλέπειν,
  3. τὰς εἰκόνας ὁρῶντες αὐτῶν, ὡς λόγος,
  4. παραμυθοῦνται τῶν ἐρώτων τὴν φλόγα.

‘Being at a loss to look upon the true aspects of those they long for—as when they’re present—they gently coax the flame of their passions when they see their likenesses, as it were.’

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13
Apr

Griechische Metrik

I’ve just received my copies of Bruno Snell’s Griechische Metrik and Dietmar Korzeniewski’s Griechische Metrik. Yes, they have the same title, but they are not quite the same in content. Korzeniewski’s book, though less well-known, is (I think) more highly regarded and fuller in its presentation.

These books came to me very cheaply (somewhere in the neighborhood of $16), the pristine cast-offs of a university library that probably needed to make room for a new computer that will be obsolete tomorrow.

To get a sense of the value of these books consider this not-so-glowing review of T.G. Rosenmeyer’s portion of the much-over-valued ‘handbook’ by Halporn, Ostwald, and Rosenmeyer:

The main trouble with this and nearly every introduction to Greek meter is that metrics is not a science: it is a battleground of jarring sects. The most that a handbook writer can perform is a lucid introduction to the opinio communis, with just enough notes and bibliography to allow the student to enter the fray, if he has a mind to. Excellent examples are Korzeniewski’s Griechische Metrik or Rossi’s article in the Kleine Pauly. The author of this handbook, however, has contented himself with a paraphrase of Snell’s Griechische Metrik, somewhat modified by the late A.M. Dale’s lucubrations on lyric meters. No mention is made of rival theories and schools, but—what is worse—metrics and meter are nowhere defined.

—Thomas Fleming, CJ 78.1, pp. 71–2

There’s more after that, and some of it very damning, but I was more interested in the praise offered to Korzeniewski. I’m beginning to realize how much West’s treatment of meter has depended on this work.

Hans A. Pohlsander (CW 63.5, pp. 18-9), at any rate, disputed that this was an introduction and advised rather that ‘Advanced students of Greek metrics, on the other hand, will find this study useful.’

I’m looking forward to digging in.

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