Poetry Archive

  • Cicero and the Roman Republic

    As an active politician, Cicero composed and published many law court and political speeches; but he also produced treatises on philosophical, political and oratorical matters, and he wrote numerous letters to friends, family and fellow politicians and even tried some poetry.

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  • An Ancient Love Poem: the Book of Canticle

    Are there two or three main participants, and settles on two, King Solomon and the Shulammite? Is the book one unified poem or a collection of love lyrics?

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  • The Making of the Wooden Horse

    Just as it is within the Odyssey, the story of the wooden horse has been perpetually told and retold. And just as Demodocus is familiar with the tale, so is almost everyone today.

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  • Understanding Gilgamesh: his world and his story

    Understanding Gilgamesh - brokenly - is to understand life brokenly. The Epic of Gilgamesh is the narrative of life.

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  • Bioarchaeology in the Roman World

    In particular, human skeletal remains, which can elucidate various past behaviors through careful scienti?c analysis, have largely been ignored as a credible source of information about the ancient Roman world of both the living and the dead.

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  • Phaedrus The Fabulous

    Phaedrus, far from being a Greek freedman striving to inscribe himself among the élite of Latin letters, was a Roman aristocrat masquerading as a man of the people to say in fable what could not safely be otherwise said.

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  • Golden Verses: Voice and Authority in the Tablets

    Golden Verses: Voice and Authority in the Tablets Richard P.Martin (Stanford) Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics:  April (2007) Abstract This paper attempts to read the gold “Orphic” tablets found in […]

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  • It is well known that the tenth poem of the Vergilian Catalepton on Sabinus the Muleteer closely parodies Catullus Phaselus ille. The one poem elegantly describes the career of a sleek ship, its heroic voyages and its final retirement from service. The other humorously reports the career of a lowly mule driver named Sabinus, his business trips, his life in retirement.

    Sabinus the Muleteer

    It is well known that the tenth poem of the Vergilian Catalepton on Sabinus the Muleteer closely parodies Catullus Phaselus ille. The one poem elegantly describes the career of a sleek ship, its heroic voyages and its final retirement from service. The other humorously reports the career of a lowly mule driver named Sabinus, his business trips, his life in retirement.

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  • Tiberiana 2: Tales of Brave Ulysses

    The prime evidence for this was discovered fifty years ago in the numerous fragments of four massive sculptural groups in marble, found by chance in 1957 in a seaside cavern which was part of a large villa complex on the coast at Sperlonga, 65 miles south of Rome.

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  • Tiberiana 3: Odysseus at Rome – a Problem

    The choice of a name is contingent on a number of factors or combination of factors, from individual taste to cultural influences, from liking the sound of it (forwhatever reason), to honoring relatives and friends, to expressing admiration for public figures past and present, real, fictional, or divine. Roman patterns of naming were also influenced by the involvement not just of family members but of slave-owners as choosers of names...and by the blending of very different systems of nomenclature in the great tapestry of cultures woven in the capital city.

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