The day had come for the Omega Party. My daughter had told everyone in her class—the Eagles, a symbol meant to evoke greatness in the Ancients and preschoolers alike apparently—that I was coming to teach Greek letters that morning. Not just any letters but psi and omega—the last two letters of the alphabet, the culmination […]

Earlier this week, Stephen Margheim posted an Alfred workflow called Parsers for getting vocabulary and morphology from the Perseus Word Study Tool. As he writes: “It gets its parsing information from the powerful Perseus project, but presents the results in the clean user-interface of Alfred.” It looks like a great way of making the balance between reading Latin […]

Benny Lewis. Fluent in 3 Months: How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the World. New York: HarperOne, 2014. pp. vi, 250. Much attention has been given recently to adapting modern language learning methods to classical languages. What is often missing from these discussions is that the internet, […]

Last March, U. Chicago’s Alex Lee wrote a great piece for the Dickinson College Commentary blog on the value of flashcards in learning Latin, with particular focus on the electronic flashcard app Mnemosyne. My own experience confirms Lee’s conclusions about electronic flashcards—I attribute a good part of my success on comprehensive Latin and Greek exams […]

At last weekend’s “Publishing Text in a Digital Age” workshop, there was (understandably!) a lot of discussion about the potential benefits of born-digital editions over traditional print volumes. One thread that came up again and again was the legacy of the codex and book design in web editions. E.g. Should digital editions imitate book pagination? […]

Zen Pythonis a T. Peters imprimis scriptum: – Formosum deformi praefertur. – Directum obliquo praefertur. – Simplex multiplici praefertur. – Multiplex contorto praefertur. – Planum implicato praefertur. – Rarum denso praefertur. – Fac quod legibile sit. – Ne liceat leges rumpere ad singulare tractandum. – Praxis tamen theoriam superat. – Vitia sine remediis patienda non […]

Sappho has been the classics story of the week, following the Daily Beast article about Dirk Obbink’s discovery and pending publication of new fragments from the Tenth Muse. English translations emerged shortly after, like this one from Tom Payne and this one by Prof. Tim Whitmarsh. As a result, Sappho’s rediscovered words are not only […]