Tag Archives: greek

Nu School Classics—Teaching the Greek Alphabet to Preschoolers

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 […]

Searching the Perseus Word Study Tool in Chrome & Firefox

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 […]

Review: Lewis, Fluent in 3 Months

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, […]

Learning with Texts for Classical Languages

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 […]

Sapphus Carmen Primum

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 […]

Homeri Batrachomuomachiae Initium

Among the fables my Latin III class is reading this week is about the battle of the frogs and mice. This made me curious about what the Renaissance translators did with the “Homeric” epic poem on this subject. Here are the opening lines Sebastian Castalio’s 1561 translation. Ὁμήρου Βατραχομυομαχία Ἀρχόμενος, πρῶτον Μουσῶν χορὸν ἐξ Ἑλικῶνος […]

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 […]