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In Omnia Paratus

I am always interested in the uses of Latin in popular culture, from the various mottos of different organizations to the often humorous attempts at Latin tattoos. For fans of the classic TV show, The Gilmore Girls, one prominent appearance of Latin is in the by-words of a secret Yale society, The Life & Death Brigade (loosely based on the Skull & Bones society) whose members perform outrageous and dangerous stunts. Their motto is, In ...
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"Forbidden" pauses in composing Latin hexameter verse

In a Latin hexameter verse there are these possible pauses:-
Diaeresis: 1 2 3 4 5
Mid-foot: ½ 1½ 2½ 3½ 4½ 5½
Trochaic: 1troch 2troch 3troch 4troch 5troch

Winbolt in his book about writing Latin hexameters rejects 4½, 5½, 4troch as not to be used.
He lists these breaches of these rules. The asterisked comments are by me:-

--- 4troch ---
Winbolt calls 4troch "an ill-sounding pause; its effect is suddenly to check the ...
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Nah. 3:1 οὐκ ἦν πέρας τοῖς ἔθνεσιν αὐτῆς

Nah. 3:1 Ὦ πόλις αἱμάτων ὅλη ψευδὴς ἀδικίας πλήρης, οὐ ψηλαφηθήσεται θήρα. 2 φωνὴ μαστίγων καὶ φωνὴ σεισμοῦ τροχῶν καὶ ἵππου διώκοντος καὶ ἅρματος ἀναβράσσοντος 3 καὶ ἱππέως ἀναβαίνοντος καὶ στιλβούσης ῥομφαίας καὶ ἐξαστραπτόντων ὅπλων καὶ πλήθους τραυματιῶν καὶ βαρείας πτώσεως· καὶ οὐκ ἦν πέρας τοῖς ἔθνεσιν αὐτῆς, καὶ ἀσθενήσουσιν ἐν τοῖς σώμασιν αὐτῶν

Nah. 3:1 (NRSV) Ah! City of bloodshed,
utterly deceitful, full of booty—
no end to the plunder!
2 The crack of ...

Specialized lexica by author

Ok, so we have:

- Homer: R. J. Cunlife - A Lexicon of the Homeric Dialect
- Pindar: William J. Slater - Lexicon to Pindar
- Bacchylides: Douglas L. Gerber - Lexicon in Bacchylidem
- Herodotus: J. Enoch Powell - A Lexicon to Herodotus

...and they are so useful when reading and translating and researching word occurrences in these authors! Do you know other great lexica specialized in one author?

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Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics 1094b

I have been slowly making my way through Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics and I came across a sentence in the first book that seems to contain some philosophical idioms that Aristotle is apparently known to employ.
Are there any resources available online that detail Aristotle's philosophical idioms. I found a few books that seem to address Greek philosophical terms in general on amazon but they seems to just cover basic vocabulary terms. I am looking for ...
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Strabo's Geography 1.1.1

I had a question about Strabo's geography in the first paragraph of the first book (1.1.1).

There is a line at the end of the paragraph that contains the phrase "τὸν αὐτὸν ὑπογράφει ἄνδρα, τὸν φροντίζοντα τῆς περὶ τὸν βίον τέχνης καὶ εὐδαιμονίας."

The full sentence:
ὡς δ᾽ αὕτως καὶ ἡ ὠφέλεια ποικίλη τις οὖσα, ἡ μὲν πρὸς τὰ πολιτικὰ καὶ τὰς ἡγεμονικὰς πράξεις, ἡ δὲ πρὸς ἐπιστήμην τῶν τε οὐρανίων καὶ τῶν ἐπὶ γῆς ...
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The origin of the alphabet

Barry Powell's theory on the origin of the Greek alphabet was raised on this thread. Personally, I'm not very convinced about his idea that the alphabet was invented for the express purpose of writing down hexameter poetry.

On the other hand, a book I found fascinating was Roger D. Woodard's Greek Writing from Knossos to Homer. I hope I'm not misrepresenting it, but the main idea is that the Greek alphabet was created by scribes ...
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A New Companion to Homer

I just got my copy of A New Companion to Homer. All of the articles in it seem exciting. Is anyone familiar with it? Do you have any favorite essays?
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Horace, Sat. II, 3, about line 125

Horace, Satires II, no.3

Context: Misers are crazy too. In this case, the Stoic philosopher is considering a rich miser who makes himself ridiculous by using rancid oil, sour wine, and so on, when he can well afford the pleasure of good things.

124 quantulum enim summae curtabit quisque dierum,
125 unguere si caules oleo meliore caputque
126 coeperis inpexa foedum porrigine?

Some hard things, for me, in this sentence:

1. deciding that quisque dierum ...
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Ἐριθάκου ἀπὸ Σελμα Λαγερλουφ (Selma Lagerlöf)

ὁ μῦθος ἀπὸ Λεγερλουφ

τότε οὖν τύχε τοῦ Κυρίου ἡμῶν τὸν κόσμον ποιοῦντος, ὅτε οὐ μόνος τὴν γῆν καὶ τὸν οὐρανὸν ἐποίει, ἄλλων δὲ τῶν ζῴων τε καὶ τῶν φυτῶν πλάσσων ὠνόμαζετο αὐτους. ἱστορίαι μὲν πολλαί εἰσι περὶ τούτῶν πεποιημέναι, εἰ δὲ πάντας εἰδεῖμεν, φῶς ἄν ἔχοιμεν ἐπὶ πάντων τῶν χρημάτων ἃ νῦν οὐκ οἷοί τε εἰδέναι.

καὶ τότε τύχεν ὅτε ὁ Κύριος ἡμῶν ἐν τῇ χρυσῇ γῇ καθίζων ἐγράφε χρώματι τὰ ὀρνίθια, τὰ χρώματα ...


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