Quite often I find words in Greek and Latin dictionaries which denote special objects linked to their own culture, and my imagination does not allow to envisage them. They could for instance be certains kinds of shoes (what does e.g. caliga look like? how about κόθορνος?), hats, or shields. I am loath to visualise them via modern culture. Surely it has not been forgotten how these kinds of items actually looked like?
I just finished Richard Tarrant's short new book, Texts, editors, and readers: Methods and problems in Latin textual criticism (Cambridge 2016), and I would like to recommend it to anyone who is interested in textual criticism of ancient Latin--as well as Greek--texts. I would say that everyone who reads, and tries not just to read passively but to engage with, these texts should be interested in how they have been constructed by editors from often ...
I encounterd the phrase "because the barbarians require it" being used to describe people defending an action which they knew to be stupid but which they considered essential to ensure some others would agree to do something they did consider important.
It sounds like a quote from a classical author. Does anyone recognize it?
This game was a Valentine's Day present from my wife. I am not a war gamer, but after reading through Xenophon's description of the battle of Cunaxa a great number of times now, I am excited about playing it.