It did not seem to us that rendition into the rhyming couplets of, say, an Alexander Pope from an earlier age or a James Michie from our own, or into the more contemporary free-verse style of a Palmer Bovie, would offer any more faithful a guide to Martial than the sort of fidelity we were aiming for. Especially for a readership coming from a background in modern English poetry, it seemed to us that a translation which attempts to simulate the discipline and constraints of the elegiac couplets, the hendecasyllabics, the limping iambic trimeters, and so on, of Martial’s original poems might have real value.
Homer?s Iliad is the tale of the ninth year of the Trojan War, narrating events in both the Trojan city and the Achaean camp. The work is grand in its scope and remains character driven; for this reason we still discuss Achilles, Odysseus, Hector, and Paris as if they were real people.
I will argue here that the Israelite author utilized
The five-book astrological poem of Manilius, composed during the final years of Augustus
Consideration of this funerary rite will show how and why the practical application of the ritual in tombs could differ from the tradition noted in manuscripts; in other words, cases where reality does not match the text.
The recent discovery of the prominent role of the oral tradition in the Homeric texts does not, however, eliminate the role played by Homer; his inventiveness is a major part of what makes the epics shine.
The idea of a universal apocalypse was certainly not a novelty at the time of Jesus? crucifixion and the advent of Christianity. Long before Christ?s arrival, Jewish prophets had predicted the extermination of the world, which was contingent upon the arrival of the Son of Man, God?s sole redeemer for humanity.
The Hunger Games is a richly interwoven tapestry of numerous intriguing parallels to historical events and literary staples. Although set in a futuristic society, the chief inspirations for its narrative structure and themes are drawn from the ancient Mediterranean world. Classical themes and allusions permeate the first novel, and the connections to the classical are mythological, historical, linguistic, and stylistic in nature.