Poetry Archive

  • Understanding Gilgamesh - brokenly - is to understand life brokenly. The Epic of Gilgamesh is the narrative of life.

    Understanding Gilgamesh: his world and his story

    Understanding Gilgamesh - brokenly - is to understand life brokenly. The Epic of Gilgamesh is the narrative of life.

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  • In particular, human skeletal remains, which can elucidate various past behaviors through careful scienti?c analysis, have largely been ignored as a credible source of information about the ancient Roman world of both the living and the dead.

    Bioarchaeology in the Roman World

    In particular, human skeletal remains, which can elucidate various past behaviors through careful scienti?c analysis, have largely been ignored as a credible source of information about the ancient Roman world of both the living and the dead.

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  • Phaedrus, far from being a Greek freedman striving to inscribe himself among the élite of Latin letters, was a Roman aristocrat masquerading as a man of the people to say in fable what could not safely be otherwise said.

    Phaedrus The Fabulous

    Phaedrus, far from being a Greek freedman striving to inscribe himself among the élite of Latin letters, was a Roman aristocrat masquerading as a man of the people to say in fable what could not safely be otherwise said.

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  • Golden Verses: Voice and Authority in the Tablets Richard P.Martin (Stanford) Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics:  April (2007) Abstract This paper attempts to read the gold “Orphic” tablets found in […]

    Golden Verses: Voice and Authority in the Tablets

    Golden Verses: Voice and Authority in the Tablets Richard P.Martin (Stanford) Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics:  April (2007) Abstract This paper attempts to read the gold “Orphic” tablets found in […]

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  • It is well known that the tenth poem of the Vergilian Catalepton on Sabinus the Muleteer closely parodies Catullus Phaselus ille. The one poem elegantly describes the career of a sleek ship, its heroic voyages and its final retirement from service. The other humorously reports the career of a lowly mule driver named Sabinus, his business trips, his life in retirement.

    Sabinus the Muleteer

    It is well known that the tenth poem of the Vergilian Catalepton on Sabinus the Muleteer closely parodies Catullus Phaselus ille. The one poem elegantly describes the career of a sleek ship, its heroic voyages and its final retirement from service. The other humorously reports the career of a lowly mule driver named Sabinus, his business trips, his life in retirement.

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  • The prime evidence for this was discovered fifty years ago in the numerous fragments of four massive sculptural groups in marble, found by chance in 1957 in a seaside cavern which was part of a large villa complex on the coast at Sperlonga, 65 miles south of Rome.

    Tiberiana 2: Tales of Brave Ulysses

    The prime evidence for this was discovered fifty years ago in the numerous fragments of four massive sculptural groups in marble, found by chance in 1957 in a seaside cavern which was part of a large villa complex on the coast at Sperlonga, 65 miles south of Rome.

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  • The choice of a name is contingent on a number of factors or combination of factors, from individual taste to cultural influences, from liking the sound of it (forwhatever reason), to honoring relatives and friends, to expressing admiration for public figures past and present, real, fictional, or divine. Roman patterns of naming were also influenced by the involvement not just of family members but of slave-owners as choosers of names...and by the blending of very different systems of nomenclature in the great tapestry of cultures woven in the capital city.

    Tiberiana 3: Odysseus at Rome – a Problem

    The choice of a name is contingent on a number of factors or combination of factors, from individual taste to cultural influences, from liking the sound of it (forwhatever reason), to honoring relatives and friends, to expressing admiration for public figures past and present, real, fictional, or divine. Roman patterns of naming were also influenced by the involvement not just of family members but of slave-owners as choosers of names...and by the blending of very different systems of nomenclature in the great tapestry of cultures woven in the capital city.

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  • Herodotus and the Poets Ford, Andrew Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics, September 2006 Abstract This is an attempt to describe Herodotus

    Herodotus and the Poets

    Herodotus and the Poets Ford, Andrew Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics, September 2006 Abstract This is an attempt to describe Herodotus

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  • An analysis of Book VIII of Vergil’s Aeneid will result in the observation that this book forms a cyclus in the way that it ends as it starts, the preparations being underway for the war against Mezentius. Inside this frame, two units, the first larger than the second, concentrate on the topics of Hercules’ connection with Rome and the shield of Aeneas.

    Vergil’s Aeneid VIII and the Shield of Aeneas: recurrent topics and cyclic structures

    An analysis of Book VIII of Vergil’s Aeneid will result in the observation that this book forms a cyclus in the way that it ends as it starts, the preparations being underway for the war against Mezentius. Inside this frame, two units, the first larger than the second, concentrate on the topics of Hercules’ connection with Rome and the shield of Aeneas.

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  • How, then, one may ask, can the true philosopher have any truck with the passion of love? It is a basic axiom of Plato’s ethics, after all, that the irrational part, or aspect, of the soul, including the erotic impulse, should be subordinated to the reason, and that the passions, if not entirely eradicated, should at all times be reduced to ‘moderation’ by the exercise of the power of rationality.

    THE PLATONIC SAGE IN LOVE

    How, then, one may ask, can the true philosopher have any truck with the passion of love? It is a basic axiom of Plato’s ethics, after all, that the irrational part, or aspect, of the soul, including the erotic impulse, should be subordinated to the reason, and that the passions, if not entirely eradicated, should at all times be reduced to ‘moderation’ by the exercise of the power of rationality.

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