Exclusus Slamadoor?

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. […]

… the prof could be in Comp Lit or Classics, I suppose … (and no, I could not resist the horrible pun in the title)

Vergil and Woody Guthrie

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?

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem iv idus maias

ante diem iv idus maias

A panoramic view of the Temple of Mars Ultor (...
A panoramic view of the Temple of Mars Ultor (Mars the Avenger) in Rome, taken from the steps (that is, below the Via dei Fori Imperiali) Latina: Imago panoramica Templi Martis Ultoris Romae. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

19 B.C. (?) — dedication of the Temple of Mars Ultor on the Capitoline

2 B.C. — opening of the Forum of Augustus

113 A.D. — opening of the restored Temple of Venus Genetrix

304 A.D. — martyrdom of Dionysius and Pancras at Rome