Art · History · Latin · Musings · Question

Submission: Art and Art History

Kat: With your recent return, I thought I’d take it upon myself and get the ball rolling (I won’t just be part of the party, I shall begin it). I will apologize in advance for my inquisitive nature. First let me begin that I am not just some history, art, and Latin geek. I have… Continue reading Submission: Art and Art History

Latin · Translation

Translation: Ovid, Elegy XI

Jupiter posted this tiny bit of Latin in a quote and I thought that I would share it with all, as well as translation, to help illustrate once again the grammatical breakdown and structure of the Latin language. Latin: “Perfer et obdura; dolor hic tibi proderit olim.” (to read the entire Elegy, please see this… Continue reading Translation: Ovid, Elegy XI

History · Latin · Rome · Translation

Translation: Varro, Dē Rē Rusticā 1.17

I find this following passage to be quite illuminating to the study of slavery in Rome, and the relative loss of humanity and human body/mind that the slave endured. The slave was not a person, but rather a speaking tool. “De fundi quattuor partibus, quae cum solo haerent, et alteris quattuor, quae extra fundum sunt… Continue reading Translation: Varro, Dē Rē Rusticā 1.17

Latin · Rome · Translation

Translation: Ovid, away Cupid

Nullus amor tanti est —abeas, pharetrate Cupido!— ut mihi sint totiens maxima vota mori. vota mori mea sunt, cum te peccasse recordor, o mihi perpetuum nata puella malum! Ovid, Amores, Book II.V, The Latin Library Translation: No love is so great – Go away, Cupid’s quiver! – that often my greatest wish has been to… Continue reading Translation: Ovid, away Cupid

Latin · Rome · Translation

Translation: Martialis, my dear

Of late, I have been reading a lot of Martial (Martialis). I find his crude prose and commentary amusing. His poems are quite good for understanding Roman sex and sexuality. For example, one may read his poems and come to understand that oral sex given to both man and woman was considered a passive act,… Continue reading Translation: Martialis, my dear