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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 […]

Zen Pythonis

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]