If you’re a fan of the Classical Blogosphere posts which get put up early in the a.m. most days, you may have noticed that some recently come from something called “Classical Anthology”. This is a project of Stephen Jenken, of Classics Library fame … here’s his official announcement of the debut of the site from last week:
The Classical Anthology is a new website which we hope will grow into a
collection of beautiful, inspiring and memorable passages from Greek and
Latin literature, each with a translation so that anyone can enjoy them and
share them. It includes anything written in Greek or Latin, from earliest
times to the present day.
A surprising number of people have studied Latin or even Greek at some point and even those who have not also have a great enthusiasm for the Classics. One of the aims of the anthology is to foster this enthusiasm by making the gems of Classical literature easily accessible to anyone and by encouraging anyone to suggest a passage.
The Classical Anthology also aims to celebrate and share the huge range of
experience and expertise among those teaching and studying Classics
worldwide. We hope that scholars and teachers will also contribute, either
to suggest a well-loved passage that many people will know and appreciate,
or to recommend a passage from a less well-known author that others would be delighted to discover.
The best length for passages is around 20-40 lines and please can you
recommend a translation too – a more literal one is better, to help with
reading the original. Your own translation would be great and would avoid
copyright problems, although the publishers approached so far have been very supportive. Lastly, a few introductory words explaining what you find
special about this passage will really help to make the anthology inspiring.
We will edit and upload the contributions but will consult you first if we
see the need for any significant alterations.
So please visit http://classicalanthology.theclassicslibrary.com and send in your suggestions via the form there or via this link
Please also tell your friends. Lastly, we hope you enjoy using the website
yourself. We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you!
As can be inferred, updates will be mentioned here at rogueclassicism …