Sunday, 23 September 2018
I have done a few translations and the exercises in the companion Grammar and Exercises volume and so far everything rings a bell except for uncontracted and contracted forms - which is either something we weren't exposed to when doing Greek at school or were and I have forgotten it completely. It certainly came a s a surprise! There should be many more in store. I have vague memories of the Middle, Optative and/or Aorist if that is still what they are known as! It should be an interesting and illuminating ride.
I will also write out each text first before translating to get a good feel for the alphabet. The other thing this is good for is familiarizing myself with the various accents and diacritical marks, almost like pointing in Arabic which really do make a difference as to meaning (e.g. Imperatives and the 2nd person singular of Indicative tense). If any of you are interested in joining me on this journey let me know and we could perhaps swap notes or encourage each other when our stamina occasionally flags. I plan to do a bit each weekend so a relatively snail like pace and since I remember next to nothing of the grammar will probably linger over it. I will make further posts recording my progress from time to time.
Sunday, 20 August 2017
Saturday, 24 June 2017
Saturday, 6 May 2017
Friday, 7 April 2017
‘All things obscure a long unmeasured time shews;
Soph.Ajax 633/646 (Tr. Burges 1849)
Saturday, 25 February 2017
As for Ovid and his continuing reception in Western literature, I leave you with a quotation from the Slovenian philosopher, Slavoj Žižek:
'The more opera is dead, the more it flourishes'
Friday, 6 January 2017
Salve and Euge!
It's the month of Janiarius...Looking back to the old year and forward to the new..I have decided to use the Oxford Classics edition of Classical Literary Criticism.edited by D.A Russell and M. Winterbottom ( could there be a more apposite name for this season?). I think that it differs from the Penguin in the areas of translation as well as textual notes and introduction. This should give us some interesting angles from which to examine , evaluate and ultimately enjoy the work. I look forward to delving into this selection of texts with you all soon!