Classical Social Networking

I think I missed linking to this (png) mockup of  Vergil’s purported Facebook page (it’s generally billed as “the Aeneid on Facebook”), which was making the rounds of the lists again this week … synchronicitally,  in the wake of news that some juror at a trial was Twittering, CBS was speculating on other trials which might have been given such treatment:

Plato tweets the trial of Socrates (399 B.C.): “Should the old man plead insanity for refusing to do reverence to the gods? Analysis you can’t get from Xenophon.”

Seems to me that both these things — but especially the Facebook one — could have an interesting application as an assignment in a literature or history class for any subject (instead of the traditional ‘book report’). Set up a Facebook page for Catullus’ affair with Lesbia (or for a bunch of the poems in general); Julius Caesar Tweets the Gallic Wars … heck, Tacitus and his reputation for (almost frustrating) brevity must have been the protoTweeter, no?

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