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Vox Audita Perrit, Literra Scripta Manet....
The heard word is lost, the written letter remains...
Uni stuff
Finally set foot on campus today. It seems that I'm going to have to cram most of my researching on Thursdays, as it seems that the rest of the week is out due to work commitments. No matter. If I really need to do research in the library, there's always Saturdays.

For the moment however, I'm mostly reading my primary sources and starting to draw up a bibliography in preparation for one of the assignments I have later in the semester. It is heavy going, but I met with Rick today and it's no longer seeming as difficult or daunting as it was before. We discussed the beginning of the semester and what was coming up and I threw around a few ideas for my individual study unit that's coming up in semester two. My best idea at the moment concerns a sort of prologue to my thesis in that I want to look at the Jews and how the Romans treated/perceived them and vice versa. This might change with time, but it's the idea I like best at the moment, as it is closely linked to my topic and wouldn't require too much further research. Also, I think I could easily write 10,000 words on it (it's a rich history, to be certain, beginning with Pompey's conquering Jerusalem, so....).

There are about thirteen students in my research methodology class, counting myself. Of those, there are three others who are doing Christianity-related topics for their honours or masters. Two of them I knew from other religion classes and one of those has Rick for a supervisor as well. It was only the introductory class this afternoon, but it was still beneficial. I got thinking about a plan of action for the semester and how I was going to do assignments and get drafts to Rick. To a lesser extent, I also started thinking about how my thesis will be put together in regards to the different areas in my topic. So all in all, a fruitful day.

I ended up going to see my former Latin lecturer Tom today as well, since he'd been on sabbatical for the duration of semester two last year and I felt that I had to come and say hello. He was pleased to see me and managed to get me a contact e-mail for one of the classics postgrads who I need to see re: some information she could give me for my thesis (she was studying Tertullian and Paul's epistles from what I remember). After lunch, I translated one of Augustine's epistles and decided that I was going to do that at least once a week, so I don't lose the language (somewhere in the recesses of my mind, I see returning myself to Rome to study Latin under the legendary Latinist Reggie Foster) and can adapt to the Latin of the early church (Vulgar Latin, I believe it is termed).

How horribly boring this must seem to most of you. Ah, well. Judi, when are we going to hear more about your classes?! I told Tom today about that ANU academic who seemed to be the president of Caillan's fan club and he knew exactly who she was. XD

Current Mood: drained drained

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psyc2321 From: psyc2321 Date: March 2nd, 2007 01:16 am (UTC) (Link)
No classes 'til Monday, although the ground floor of Classics is still closed (v. worried about ground floor museum, skylights overhead and all that) - there has been instead much drinking, and an interesting development I will try to post about after this damned hangover quits kicking me :(
From: lillibetpip Date: March 2nd, 2007 01:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
You college kids are all the same :)

I haven't actually seen college boy myself personally, but have said hello via Suze. Well not hello exactly, more like "Please send my general sentiments in the vague direction of s.c " He so owes us for running the CAHS market day stall.(I jest, it was quite fun.)

Steph, Dan and I are finalising our timetable for the 21st time this week, if we're in Thursdays, could you fit in a half hour lunch?
normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: March 2nd, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
If S.C. is our Rhodesian friend, I ran into him and his girlfriend yesterday in the city. He said that you were Laelius to his Scipio when I asked how the consulship was going. XD

And I could do a half hour lunch. I meet with my supervisor at 11:30, so from 12:00 onwards I'm free. :)
psyc2321 From: psyc2321 Date: March 2nd, 2007 11:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
In other words, he's turned into a whining, snivelling git Cicero?
From: lillibetpip Date: March 3rd, 2007 12:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Now people, Let's all try to like Cicero; some of us have a ten thousand word essay to write in that general area.

I don't really have any other exciting Latin/CAHS gossip for you Judi. Umm, we were offered academic French reading lessons? Latin Honours involves a lot of course work? It's very nice having mu supervisor back? Oh, and the new lecturer is lovely too.
psyc2321 From: psyc2321 Date: March 3rd, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
What's that? Honours involves work?! Gasp! (teasing)

I take it from the above that Rhodesian Steven is president now?
normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: March 4th, 2007 06:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I believe we kind of conferred it on him last year at the museum night? Or sometime around then, anyway. I remember us all having a conversation about it and that perv Peter was hanging about and said he'd join the society this year. Or something like that.
psyc2321 From: psyc2321 Date: March 4th, 2007 06:58 am (UTC) (Link)
that perv Peter was hanging about and said he'd join the society this year.

Aren't you glad you're a Religion major? But, I'd missed that conferral.
From: lillibetpip Date: March 5th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Technically D.P. is still in charge, But S.C. is in the process of taking over I think. All I've done is man the Market Day Stall with S.K. 'cause the boys were on holidays.

That was an interesting experience. Did you know that they make carbonless receipt books now?
psyc2321 From: psyc2321 Date: March 6th, 2007 02:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I did rather think that the next president would have to wrest control from the Arbiter's dead hands :P

...no, I didn't know that: is it a fascinating invention, is it?
psyc2321 From: psyc2321 Date: March 2nd, 2007 11:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's not much else to do when Uni Av is impassable - the only place we can get to is the bottle shop at Belco, and then we have to brave a college student's driving to get there. Let's just say I'm grateful for the great length of boot between me and the people Lucy cuts off in her soccer-mom 4WD station wagon :S
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