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Scaliger on learning Greek, English translation

I had written earlier this year about J.J. Scaliger’s extreme experience as a Greek autodidact. I submitted this passage to @QuidAgitur‘s Lecta Delecta, The Best Ancient Literature of 2013. (Ok, Scaliger isn’t exactly “ancient”—but this passage is completely invested in Homer and the other Greek classics.) I didn’t include an English translation in the original […]

Euclidis Elementa Prima, Definitiones 1-12

I had a conversation on Twitter last night with a teacher who has been incorporating STEM elements into her Latin classes. A very interesting approach and one that got me thinking about all of the Latin/Greek sources that could be used in a class like this. Aristotle, Theophrastus, Celsus, Vitruvius, Pliny, Galen, the list could […]

Aesopi Fabula de Vulpe et Leone

I just realized how text-heavy the diyclassics site is. So here’s a fable from Adamus Knopff’s 1551 edition of Aesop, which as the title page notes are elegantissimis eiconibus veras animalium species ad vivum adumbrantes. The volume also includes the four-line fables of Gabria, the Batrachomyomachia, the Galeomyomachia—wasn’t aware of this one, a battle of […]

Argumentum A Homeri Compositionis

Argumentum A Homeri Compositionis Chryses sacerdos Apollinis accedit ad navale Graecorum, volens redimere filiam suam Chryseidem: non recuperans autem, sed & cum contumelia expulsus ab Agamemnone, precatus est Apollinem contra Graecos. Peste autem orta, & multis (ut consentaneum est) pereuntibus, concionem Achilles coëgit. Calchante autem aperiente veram causam, & iubente Achille placare Deum: Agamemnon iratus, […]

Euripidis Orestes Argumentum

I’ve been looking at Greek textbooks from the Renaissance recently—large volumes written in Latin, all basically beginning with the Greek alphabet, working through morphology and up to rhetorical figures, most illustrated with examples from the auctores. The greatest variation in the format seems to come at the end of the books, where various extra readings […]

Scaliger on Learning Greek

I finally had a chance to dig out the Latin text of Scaliger’s autobiography. Here is the (in)famous passage in which he discusses learning Greek, first briefly with Adrien Turnèbe in Paris, but shortly after, on his own—me magistro. Here Scaliger makes the claim, incredible even for a man who would go on to demonstrate […]

Praefatio ad Distichorum Catonis Librum Alterum

The prefatory poem to the second book of the Disticha Catonis is a wonderful example of an ad fontes style of education. Want to know about agriculture? Read Virgil. Pharmacology? Macer. War? Lucan. Love? Ovid. Of course, if you want to know about how live should be lived, read the distichs. Of particular interest in […]