iPod App rcReview: Bolchazy-Carducci’s Latin Proverbs

There is an increasing number of Classics-related apps hitting the App Store over at Apple and with any amount of luck, I’ll find time to review most of them here. We’ll start with one which just hit the store: the Latin Proverbs app from the fine folks at Bolchazy-Carducci. This interesting little app, which costs $1.99 boasts to having some 1200 Latin proverbs contained within. When you start the app, you tap the screen and are presented with a new proverb everyday. Right now, e.g., I’m met with Bernard of Clairvaux’s dictum Necessitas non habet legem.

If you’re not satisfied with the random startup proverb, you can always swipe the screen and get another (n.b. for seasoned iPod users, shaking your iPod does nothing). If you’re looking for something on a specific topic, there is a search function with topics ranging from abstinence to year; you can also search by authors (ancient and less so) and work.

The proverbs themselves can be presented to you as Latin only, Latin with English translation, English only, or English with a Latin translation. All the Latin versions include, interestingly enough, macrons over the long vowels, suggesting Latin teachers might be a major target market for this one.

Outside of that, I’ve been playing with it for a few days and it functions exactly as advertised … an interesting way to start your day, whether a Latin teacher or not.

Well That’s Just Ducky

more about “BBC NEWS | UK | England | Cornwall | …“, posted with vodpod

Tip’ o the pileus to Tim Parkin for passing this one along … very little ClassCon actually, but the accompanying text notes, inter alia:

Roger Olver, from the Cornish Duck Company in St Austell, said it was very rare for two ducks born from the same egg to thrive.

He said the ducks, dubbed Romulus and Remus, will be spared the table and become pets.

CONF: Leeds Seminars (revised)

seen on the Classicists list:

Classics Department Research Seminar

Wednesdays at 3pm
Room 101, Parkinson Building
University of Leeds

Semester 1

October 21st
Andreas Willi Worcester College, Oxford
The Rise of "Classical" Attic

October 28th
Bruce Gibson University of Liverpool
History Written in Water: Frontinus on Aqueducts

November 11th
P.J. Cherian Director of the Kerala Council for Historical Research
Muziris and the Trade between India and Rome:
Archaeological Evidence from Pattanam, Kerala, India

November 18th
Peter Kruschwitz University of Reading
Just Look at this Mess!?
Linguistic Aspects of Latin Stone Inscriptions from Roman Britain

November 25th (note changed date!)
Roger Brock University of Leeds
Greek Political Imagery in the Fourth Century BC

For more information, please contact Drs. Emma Stafford (e.j.stafford AT leeds.ac.uk) or Regine May (r.may AT leeds.ac.uk). Everybody welcome!

CONF: What’s in a Variant?

seen on the Classicists list:

‘What’s in a Variant?’
Half-day conference on Greek and Roman myths
University of Bristol Jan 27, 2.00-7.00

The aim will be to discuss the practice and utility of investigating myths by comparing their ‘variants’. What are variants? What do we do with them? Each speaker will have 35 minutes, consisting of 20 for the paper and 15 for questions, with a plenary discussion session after all four papers. The plenary session will be followed by a reading/performance of a modern ‘variant’ of an ancient myth – a translation of Mercedes Aguirre’s short story Cosas de hermanos, taken from her collection of tales entitled Nuestros Mitos de Cada Día (Madrid, 2007). This is a striking modern reworking of one of the more grim and unsettling Greek myths. The performer/reader will be Sam Callis (aka ‘Sgt Callum Stone’ from ITV’s The Bill).

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Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, Arts Faculty, 3-5 Woodland Road, Bristol

2.00 Introduction (Prof. Richard Buxton, Bristol)
2.10-2.45 ‘Laocoon’ (Prof. Daniel Ogden, Exeter)
2.45-3.20 ‘Thetis and the immortalisation of Achilles’ (Dr Emma Aston, Reading)
3.20-3.40 Tea
3.40-4.15 ‘Dionysus and the daughters of Minyas’ (Prof. Alberto Bernabé, Madrid)
4.15-4.50 ‘The Proetids: location, location, location’ (Prof. Ken Dowden, Birmingham)
4.50-5.25 Plenary discussion
5.30 The Two Brothers. Reader/performer: Sam Callis.
6.15 Refreshments

Admission will be by ticket. If you’d like to attend, please email the conference organiser Richard.G.A.Buxton AT bris.ac.uk, giving the address to which you would like the ticket(s) posting.