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(no subject) [Jul. 8th, 2005|08:56 pm]
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the_yaosta
So I need to take a semester "Level V" course at Yale to fulfill my foreign language requirement...

What does that mean? How do I tell which ones are designated that?

Anyone know?
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Let's talk about translations! [Jul. 6th, 2005|03:57 pm]
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alomejorestara
I've had this discussion with Alex before and it is quite intriguing to me! Tell me about your favorite translations of the classical works.

Candidates:

Mandelbaum
Fitzgerald
Fagles
Ted Hughes (Metamorphoses)
Lattimore
Grene
Dryden
Pound (Book 11 of Homer)

and others!

I am in the minority. I do not particularly love Lattimore. I think Fagles is great but often too easy, if that makes sense.

I am probably the only person ever who is in love with Robert Fitzgerald's translations. I think they are supernal.

Any thoughts?
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(no subject) [Jun. 30th, 2005|02:56 pm]
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philokalos
I just found out that I'm in Timothy Dwight College. At first I was mildly pissed about not living on Old Campus, but I'm mollified by their motto:

"Forsan et haec olim meminisse juvabit."

Nothing like a bit of Aeneid to reassure one of Fate's benevolence. Being 5 seconds from DS is also a plus...

When I visited Branford's library during Bulldog Days (thanks Noah), I was struck by the ineluctable loveliness of seeing all the Loeb Classical Library volumes together in one place, both new and old editions. Do all the college libraries have this? I sure hope TD does.
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Notate Bene [Jun. 29th, 2005|11:59 pm]
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ducdunord
I'm Noah Mamis, BR '08, planning to major in classics, and find it interesting that one has chosen a case that does not exist in one of the two languages in the dep't, but whatever. Ablative has a ring that the other six don't, so we'll go with it.

Any questions about the dep't? Feel free to ask.

Noah
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intro [Jun. 29th, 2005|05:28 pm]
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innercheese
Hey everybody, Maria here. It seems like ancient Greek scholars need some representation here.

Well: I went to a bankrupt public school through eighth grade. So when I changed high schools, Greek was the first language I studied (in a room full of Latin students and one misogynistic old man). I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it -- I'm not even sure how much I remember of it.

Since the alphabet is so pretty, I find myself drawing it all over papers (&c.) when I'm bored; I think that qualifies me as a classics person, so I wanted to say YO.


Or: Xaire.
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Introduction [Jun. 29th, 2005|01:33 pm]
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tamar_k
Salvete omnes. That's about all the Latin I know, but I'm hoping to learn more in the next four years. I'm Tamar, another Yale prefrosh. Considering also learning Attic Greek sometime, if I have TIME--I speak a fair bit of modern Greek from a semester spent in Greece this fall. So I probably won't have too much to contribute to any of this, but I look forward to learning from you all!
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(no subject) [Jun. 29th, 2005|01:17 pm]
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danishkid
Hello fellow classics enthusiasts! From now on no one has to worry which of us is the least educated in the classics.....that would be me! I'm not illiterate; I'm just not well versed in the ancient texts. I've read the basic works of Aristotle and Plato, which inspired me to sample the classics at Yale. I plan on taking DS and taking lower level Greek. Although I have not taken either Latin or Greek, I am confident in my language/memorization skills and I don't think it will be too difficult to have a modicum of Greek under my belt after the first year. I won't major in the classics, I'm a math-english guy, but I have a great reverance for the masters of thought.

I'm reading Kagan's History of the Pelopenessian War. I admire Pericles and used his funeral oration as a practice speech before giving my commencement for graduation. As Alex tells me, Donald Kagan is amazingly attractive! *cough cough* But that doesn't matter, he's amazing! Hope everyone is having an erudite summer.
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Latin Word of the Day [Jun. 29th, 2005|01:42 pm]
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philokalos
dropax, -acis m hair-remover

Dropax sounds like the villain in an action comic. NB that depilatus, -a, -um is also useful when describing states of hairlessness.
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Introduction [Jun. 29th, 2005|08:53 am]
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alomejorestara
Hello! I'm Tim Ellison, also a member of the class of 2009. I hail from Glastonbury, Connecticut.
Like Alex, I unfortunately started Latin late in my lifetime...10th grade to be exact. Unfortunately, that means I have not taken either AP Vergil or AP Catullus/Ovid...sigh. However, I do hope I can catch up at Yale. I have read bits of both AP syllabi and I simply am in love with Latin Literature. I also love Greek literature in translation and know a teency weency eency bit of Ancient Greek that I am slowly forgetting.

I have the unbearable dilemma over whether or not I want to take Directed Studies. I love the program, the reading list, the professors, but it simply takes up so much of my schedule and I'm not sure if I'm comfortable with that. HELP ME! I want to take introductory Greek and continue Latin which would be a little impossible with DS. Hmmmm. Then again, DS is one of the most intellectually stimulating programs at Yale. Such a difficult choice!

I'm at Harvard University right now in the Summer School program. I am taking two courses:

Twentieth Century American Poetry (Bishop, Stevens, Lowell, Gluck, Wright, etc.)
and
Myth and Poetry in Greece and Rome (Homeric Hymns, Odyssey, Aeneid, Metamorphoses, Euripides, etc.)

Now I can say I've been to both Harvard and Yale (and of course Yale is better ;)

I look forward to talking to you all!



AIM- alomejorestara
e-mail: alomejorestara@aol.com (and soon: timothy.ellison@yale.edu)
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besides introductory posts however... [Jun. 29th, 2005|12:09 am]
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philokalos
... some questions:


1. Latin and/or Greek with DS-- doable or suicide?
2. Is DS a good idea with classics as a prospective major in the first place?
3. What is your favorite poem of Catullus?
4. *insert something conversation provoking and eminently witty here*
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