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Post by Rvdalex » Thu Aug 01, 2019 1:42 am

Hi Everybody

My name is Alex, and I have just stumbled upon this site after wandering in the proverbial desert.

Currently I am a fifth grade English teacher who probably should have been a classicist. I have had a deep interest in antiquity since college and periodically attempt to keep up with my Greek. Weirdly enough, I have lots of Greek under my belt but almost no Latin. Time permitting, I would like to teach myself Latin so I can read some of it for fun. Luckily I work with several very good Latin teachers.

Lately, I’ve gotten sucked into Sophocles’s Antigone, which I’ve read many times in English but never in Greek. I am slowly working through what I can of the Greek, but it is quite difficult. Fortunately, I found Jebb pretty quickly and am absolutely in awe of the breath of his scholarship. As an old Latin teacher once said, you discover very quickly in classics that those who came before you were greater.

I have loved every Greek writer I’ve ever read, but I am particularly fond of Homer (who isn’t?) and Theocritus. While one doesn’t hear the latter spoken of in the same reverential terms, his Idylls are phenomenal, some of the most beautiful poetry I’ve ever read (and I was once working on a PhD in English poetry).

At any rate, I am glad I have found a place full of like-minded individuals. I think I will look to see if anybody else is reading Sophocles.

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Re: Greetings!

Post by bedwere » Thu Aug 01, 2019 2:48 am

Welcome to Textkit, Alex!

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