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New Tablets at Vindolanda


First paragraph of the article:

On the afternoon of Thursday the 22nd of June, at the Roman fort of Vindolanda in Northumberland, archaeologists made one of their most important discoveries since 1992. A new hoard of around 25 Roman ink documents, known as the Vindolanda writing tablets (letters, lists and personal correspondence), were discovered lying in the damp and anaerobic earth where they had been discarded towards the ...
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color in Homer and Ancient Greek

Gladstone drew attention https://archive.org/details/studiesonhomerho03glad to the poverty of colors in ancient Greek suggesting that the Greek sense of color was somewhat primitive.

Here is a description of research suggesting that it is simply the result of the number cuts in the spectrum the Greeks chose to make and its pretty much in line with what is seen in other languages:
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English without Latin?

This is only peripherally about Latin.
What would English look like with no Latin roots? The sf writer L. Sprague de Camp wrote a story called "The Wheels of If" which is probably the most carefully worked out alternative-history story I have ever read. In his story, Columbus never made his voyage, and instead of the United States in the 20th century, we have the "Bretwaldate of Vinland" because the settlements of Leif Ericson just ...
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the real Homer

I'm sure you've heard this one:
There was a scholar who spent his whole life trying to prove that the Iliad was not composed by Homer, but by another Greek with the same name.
My main reason for believing that Iliad has a single principle author is literary: it has a great structure, and you don't get that from a committee, at one time or spread over time.
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it's a false translation

As soon as I glanced at the first page of Fitzgerald's Aeneid in the bookstore, I was cured of any desire to buy it or read it. I thought "Why doesn't he write 'Arms and the man I sing'? That's what 'Arma virumque cano' means." I don't want a translation where the translator puts in what is not there. It's different if you are Chapman or Dryden or somebody, and are trying to make it ...
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Waugh Introduces New Edition of Greek Poetry

Waugh Introduces New Edition of Greek Poetry
Posted on June 7, 2017 by Jeffrey Manley

References to Waugh’s novels are used to introduce a review of the first volume of a new edition of The Greek Anthology published by Harvard University Press and The Loeb Library. The review is by Hayden Pelliccia and appears in a recent issue of the New York Review of Books. One of the poems in the anthology is the epigram ...
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The first 75 lines of the Odyssey done into Scots

I discovered this today.

Tell me, O Muse, o dat clooky man, at waandered
Sae faar, sin he spuilied da helly broch o Troy.
Mony men's toons he saa, an dir minds lairned;
An mony's da pain he dreed apo da haff,
Trang ta win his life an his men's haemfarin...
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Cantio Prima declinatio

Cantio Prima declinatio, Schola Gregoriana Pragensis.
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Ancient Athens – Modern India parallels (Murder of Eratosthe

This quote "Families are more willing to have the stigma of rape rather than having the stigma of their daughter choosing her own sex or life partner,"  from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-38796457 reminded me of Euphiletos claim that seducers were worse than rapists:

Euphiletos wrote:The assumption is that those who achieve their aims by force are hated by those they have violated, while seducers so corrupt the souls of their victims that they ...
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The Young Pope

This is a wonderfully filmed series. There is a bit of Church Latin (various rites and prayers), Italian, and Spanish. The best parts by far, however, are the cinematography and costuming. The shots of the Vatican are like a documentary, with the Pope (Jude Law) dressed in full medieval regalia. At the beginning I assumed that the story was going in the direction of Habemus Papam, but it didn't turn out like that at all.
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