339 ille: Tiresias
fama: ablative with celeberrimus
Aonias: (Greek) genitive; of Aonia, Boeotian
340 inreprehensa: negation of reprehensa, an Ovidian invention
341 prima… Liriope temptamina s?mpsit: idiom, “to test”
fide: shortening of the archaic genitive fid?i; conjoined with vocis
342 caerula: poetic form of caerulea.
343 C?ph?s?s: (Greek) nominative
344 vim tulit: a common and emphatic expression for rape
345 ?nfantem: object of the deponent verb ?n?xa estnymph?: (Greek) nominative.
346 de quo [Narciss?] consultus: Tiresias
348 si se non noverit: Narcissus’s tragic curse. Similiar to the Delphic wisdom temet nosce (gnothi seauton in Greek).
349 exitus [Narcissi] illam [vocem]
351 ter… addiderat:ad ter quinosannos unum annum addiderat (he was 3 * 5 + 1= 16 years old)
401 omnibus: dative of agent (Anderson ad loc.)
FOR LATE ANTIQUE LITERARY STUDIES
FOURTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
BRYN MAWR COLLEGE and HAVERFORD COLLEGE
with the generous support of Dickinson College
October 21–22, 2016
Literature in Late Antiquity
The fourth annual conference of the International Society for Late Antique Literary Studies (ISLALS) will convene on the campuses of Bryn Mawr College and Haverford College on October 21–22, 2016. The organizers for this year’s conference, in despair of capturing under a single rubric all the exciting new work being done in late antique literary studies, issue an open call for all papers on late antique literature qua literature. Close analyses of a single textual moment in poetry or prose; sweeping surveys of author, genre, image, or trope; precise detective work on a long nettlesome crux; and paradigm-shifting theoretical diatribe are all encouraged.
NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day provides a little Classical Content:
This is not strictly classical, but I have a serious case of invidia bibliothecae for internet entrepreneur Jay Walker’s personal library:
Nothing quite prepares you for the culture shock of Jay Walker’s library. You exit the austere parlor of his New England home and pass through a hallway into the bibliographic equivalent of a Disney ride. Stuffed with landmark tomes and eye-grabbing historical objectsâ€”on the walls, on tables, standing on the floorâ€”the room occupies about 3,600 square feet on three mazelike levels. Is that a Sputnik? (Yes.) Hey, those books appear to be bound in rubies. (They are.)
I wish I could say I was surprised, but the laudable efforts to replant fire-ravaged Olympia are well behind schedule.
“ATHENS, Greece – Greece’s Olympic Committee said Thursday that work to replant fire-ravaged woods at the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games was far behind schedule, and urged “drastic improvement” before the flame-lighting ceremony for the Beijing Olympics…” [more]
The story includes a photograph of the ceremonial planting of an olive tree in November on the Kronion Hill (Petros Giannakouris / AP file)
I don’t have a picture from the same angle, but this shot of the Temple of Hera shows well the dense, beautiful forest that so recently covered Kronion.
As sorrowful as the ecological and cultural damage are, we should never forget that the fires last summer were a true tragedy, with dozens of deaths and countless more losing homes and property.
For those who like their news the same way they like their classes (Latine scilicet), Nuntii Latini has posted its weekly round-up of world news:
Forum argentarium fluctuat
Facinora piratarum aucta
Lapidationem in Irania finiendam
Beneficia vitamini D
Readers of the Iliad or the Odyssey will remember Nestor as the oldest man in the Trojan War–a lovable, loquacious councilor (or ancient, rambling codger–depending on your taste).
While perusing YLE Radio 1’s Nuntii Latini, I came across a story about the word’s oldest man, a 116-year-old Ukrainian shepherd by the name Gregory Nestor.
Gregori Nestor, pastor Ucrainus, qui vir in orbe terrarum veterrimus habebatur, centum sedecim annos natus in urbe Stari Jaritshiv Ucrainae occidentalis nuper (15.12.) diem obiit supremum.
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