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Tonight's gripe - Vox Audita Perrit, Literra Scripta Manet.... — LiveJournal
The heard word is lost, the written letter remains...
Tonight's gripe
Oh, my kingdom for a decent literal translation of the Aeneid in English! One where the words aren't lost in translation because the translator decided that every line of the poem had to rhyme no matter what the Latin said. *fumes*

Next year, I've found we're translating Tactitus' account of the year of the four emperors in his work 'Histories'. Half the professors in the classics department will sing his praises, but I can't stand Tacitus. I always end up dozing off when trying to read his Annals, it's the heaviest prose I've had the mispleasure of ploughing through. Still, the HPRC department at UQ shrinks by the year unfortunately, and that is the one course on offer in first semester next year. Wish it was something better, like Catullus' love poetry or even satirical authors like Juvenal or Horace.

Other bad news includes the lack of storms tonight. It rained this afternoon while I was in my ancient history, but otherwise? No thunder, no lightning. It's been a quiet night. Mother Nature, you disappoint me.

However, if there was a bright side to this week, it's the fact that House is on. Twice. Hugh Laurie makes everything better.

Current Mood: blah blah
Current Music: Tori Amos- Snow Cherries from France

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katernater From: katernater Date: October 12th, 2005 04:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have to stop and twee because we're reading Catullus in my Classical Lit In Engligh Translation course.

MAN, that guy was bawdy!
thecoweyed From: thecoweyed Date: October 12th, 2005 11:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know rhyming translations can sometimes be a real pain in the buns. But sometimes they're just SO beautiful...

The gates of hell lie open night and day:
Smooth the descent, and easy is the way.
But to turn back and view the open skies,
In this the task and mighty labor lies.

engastrimyth From: engastrimyth Date: October 13th, 2005 12:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Aah, House. Informing people that Hugh Laurie is in fact not American, but rather terribly, terribly British, has become something of a mission for me lately. I despair of the youth of today. What are they learning at those universities?
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