Excerpt from Gillian Clark’s column in the Huffington Post:
[...] When I started college, I figured I had enough cynicism to make it on my own. I was told that Patrick Henry jumped through a window down to a waiting horse after presenting his liberty vs. death ultimatum. And no, that is not pepper on those street-vendor pretzels. I figured I was ready.
Professor O’leary led a relaxed seminar where we compared Paris to Odysseus and Penelope to Helen. Entertaining and approachable, he had the class over to his apartment for cocktails at the semester’s end.
“Bring your paper by,” he said, squeezing my hand. “Let’s talk about it.” I was ready to be his protégé and spent all night with Virgil and Homer. I clutched the carefully typed paper running over to his place fueled only by black coffee and one hour of sleep. I’d been standing at his door for almost fifteen minutes when my gentle knocking transitioned to persistent pounding. When he finally snatched the door open, Professor O’leary was red faced, barefoot, drenched in his own perspiration, wearing a sweatshirt inside out and his belt was undone. He nodded at me impatiently as I told him all that I had discovered about Dido and Helen. He grabbed the exposition from my hands and slammed the door. [...]
- via: Cynicism 101 (Huffington Post)
… the prof could be in Comp Lit or Classics, I suppose … (and no, I could not resist the horrible pun in the title)
Interesting item from a piece on Woody Guthrie, inter alia:
[The ancient Roman poet] Virgil could sit and speak in iambic pentameter, like a modern rap artist. Woody could do the same thing. He could speak in poetry.”
I’ve never heard that about Vergil before … anyone know of a source?
… and on the Latin side:
- paupertas (Transparent Language)
… and dead guys tweeting:
πλαγκ-τός, ή, όν, also ός, όν A.Ag. wandering, roaming, of ships
wandering in mind, erring, distraught—
Henry George Liddell (@LiddellandScott) May 11, 2012
căcūmen, ĭnis, n.
etym. dub., the extreme end, extremity, or point of a thing; the peak, top, utmost point.—
Charlton T. Lewis (@LewisandShort) May 11, 2012
Ancient and Modern Olympics: The Olympic dominance of the city of Kroton.
Mike Anderson’s Ancient History: Christianity and the Roman Empire – Part III The Second Century.