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Salvete, Anyway, as our aediles are at redesigning the website, it might be interesting to investigate giving our pages some sound. A little music, or maybe Draco reciting Virgil so the rest of us know how the Latin Inquisition wishes us to properly pronounce our names. I have already desig...
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Fri Apr 09, 2004 10:02 am
 
Forum: Comitia
Topic: Ideas for a better SVR.
Replies: 34
Views: 3241

Salvete,

For Belgian members : this afternoon, 14.15-16.30u, on VTM (sic!) : J. Mankiewicz' 1953 movie adaptation of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar".

Valete,

Q. Pomponius Atticus
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Thu Apr 08, 2004 8:42 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Historical TV-programs
Replies: 23
Views: 18224

Salve Draco, Everything seems to be running quite smoothly imo. Luckily, on this internet forum, we are not susceptible to most of the annoying problems the ancient Romans had in their cities : dirty streets, the noise of passing carts at night, pickpocketing on the forum ... :wink: Vale, ...
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Thu Apr 08, 2004 8:41 am
 
Forum: Comitia
Topic: Ideas for a better SVR.
Replies: 34
Views: 3241

Salvete,

Locate, could you move me a little further in the list of speakers ? I am quite busy right now finishing my last papers before the Easter holidays begin. Within a few days though, I expect to have enough time again to write a decent posting.

Valete,

Q. Pomponius Atticus
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Wed Mar 31, 2004 10:21 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Religionum et Philosophiarum
Topic: Symposium Philosophicum IV
Replies: 77
Views: 21016

T. Dionysius scripsit : Iets wat me altijd verbaasd, is het feit dat bijna elke vonst als 'sensationeel', 'schokkend' of 'een totaal nieuw inzicht in geschiedenis' wordt bestempeld. Primo denk ik dat archeologen e.a. vaak zodanig opgaan in hun vakgebied dat elke nieuwe vondst tijdens een lange...
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Fri Mar 26, 2004 9:24 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Historicum
Topic: Romeinse basis ontdekt in Trier
Replies: 2
Views: 1111

Romeinse basis ontdekt in Trier

Romeinse basis ontdekt in Trier TRIER - Tijdens archeologische opgravingen in Trier, de oudste stad van Duitsland, zijn woensdag overblijfselen van een Romeinse basis uit 30 voor Christus teruggevonden. Volgens het Rheinische Landesmuseum is het de eerste maal dat er in het noordwesten van Europa...
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Fri Mar 26, 2004 12:49 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Historicum
Topic: Romeinse basis ontdekt in Trier
Replies: 2
Views: 1111

Draco scripsit : I once read an anecdote about an Irish politician who delivered a speech in parliament in Gaelic (official language of Ireland). No one reacted because they were too embarrassed to admit that they hadn't understood him. I wonder what would happen in our own Belgian parliame...
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Sun Mar 21, 2004 12:08 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Linguarum
Topic: Is Latin dead (cont'd)?
Replies: 10
Views: 2487

Occitan

Draco scripsit : By the way, about Occitan, I'm pretty sure it still exists. But France has an infamous reputation among linguists of squelching minority languages ruthlessly (not only Occitan but also Basque, Breton, German and Flemish-Dutch). In the Provence (Provincia) in France, the loca...
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Sun Mar 21, 2004 12:04 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Linguarum
Topic: Latin as lingua franca for the European Union?
Replies: 28
Views: 7627

The age of tolerance ?

Salvete, Another inspiring extract from the introduction to "La Couronne et la Lyre" by M. Yourcenar, a book which I am currently reading : In the 1st century BC, Meleagros of Gadara, a Greek or a Hellenised Semite, composed for himself an epitaph, in which, as was usual, he expresses himse...
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Wed Mar 17, 2004 7:57 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Artium et Litterarum
Topic: The age of tolerance ?
Replies: 1
Views: 990

Mourning on a Greek grave stèlè

Salvete, I found the following striking words, which I think go perfectly with the picture of the famous Athenian grave stèlè of Hegeso, in the introduction of M. Yourcenar's "La Couronne et la Lyre". Very well worded, I think. They chose to show not the horror of death, but the melancholy o...
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Wed Mar 17, 2004 7:18 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Artium et Litterarum
Topic: Mourning on a Greek grave stèlè
Replies: 0
Views: 790

Salvete,

Also tonight, at 11.45 PM (GMT+1), the third part in the series "De Spartanen, opkomst en ondergang" @ Nederland 1 : "Opponent Athene".

Valete,

Q. Pomponius Atticus
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Mon Mar 15, 2004 9:35 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Historical TV-programs
Replies: 23
Views: 18224

"Klassiek nieuws"

Salvete, Voor wie het niet zag zitten om dit weekend een 5 cm. dik pak papier, ook wel eens "De Standaard" geheten, te doorbladeren, hier is al wat u moet weten van nieuws m.b.t. de oude geschiedenis. Valete, Q. Pomponius Atticus Man vindt 15.000 oude munten in achtertuin LONDEN ...
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Sun Mar 14, 2004 7:17 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Historicum
Topic: "Klassiek nieuws"
Replies: 0
Views: 950

Cavafy's Ithaca

Salvete, Discussing MacNeice's poem "Autumn Journal" in the Collegium Graecum, I thought again of Constantine Cavafy's beautiful and inspiring poem "Ithaca", which I don't want to withold from you, if you haven't yet read it. When you set out on your journey to Ithaca, pray that the road is l...
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Sat Mar 13, 2004 6:52 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Artium et Litterarum
Topic: Cavafy's Ithaca
Replies: 0
Views: 734

Salvete, I'm not very fond of the content of the poem either. I just posted it to elicit discussion really :lol: I think it is very cheap to judge a time and place in history by looking only at its morally negative side. If you take that as a criterion to judge the whole of history and civil...
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Sat Mar 13, 2004 6:42 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Artium et Litterarum
Topic: MacNeice's "Autumn Journal"
Replies: 7
Views: 1692

History bloopers

Salvete, I extracted the introduction and the fragments about ancient history from a funny website . One of the fringe benefits of being an English or History teacher is receiving the occasional jewel of a student blooper in an essay I have pasted together the following "history" of the world ...
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Sat Mar 13, 2004 3:34 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Historicum
Topic: History bloopers
Replies: 4
Views: 1150

To me it looks like the author is romanticizing Hellas as it once was. True modern day Greece isn't an improvement, but that can be said of all the nations of the world. I do have a question. What does the author mean with this line: "and the dummies at Sparta" Romulus Well, it seems he calls t...
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Sat Mar 13, 2004 1:40 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Artium et Litterarum
Topic: MacNeice's "Autumn Journal"
Replies: 7
Views: 1692

MacNeice's "Autumn Journal"

Chairete, A melancholic poem on ancient Greece by a distinguished Birmingham professor of classics. Any opinions on it ? The Glory that was Greece: put it in a syllabus, grade it Page by page To train the mind or even to point a moral For the present age: Models of logic and luc...
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Fri Mar 12, 2004 6:04 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Artium et Litterarum
Topic: MacNeice's "Autumn Journal"
Replies: 7
Views: 1692

"Away with him, away with him! He speaks Latin"

Salvete, The quote from Shakespeare's Henry VI above is, as you might have experienced as well, all too often repeated in other forms nowadays. If ever anyone asks you again "why bother with all that classical sh*t", here are a few answers to baffle your sacrilegious opponent :wink: : "Our st...
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Fri Mar 12, 2004 5:58 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Artium et Litterarum
Topic: "Away with him, away with him! He speaks Latin"
Replies: 0
Views: 695

Salve Corunciane, I did not find the population density figures of Ostia on the internet, but they were surely much higher than the common rates, seen the large number of insulae and the great commercial importance of Rome's harbour. Population estimates for Italy as a whole varry from 24-28...
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Fri Mar 12, 2004 10:10 am
 
Forum: Collegium Vitae Quotidianae
Topic: How many?
Replies: 1
Views: 1204

Boekentip

Avete Belgae, Ik signaleer even dat bij De Slegte in Gent op een aantal romans van Louis Couperus rond een thema uit de oudheid, die reeds laag geprijsd waren, tijdens de maand Maart nog eens een korting wordt gegeven van 50%, wat prijzen rond de 3 euro oplevert). De werken die de klassieke o...
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Wed Mar 10, 2004 11:27 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Historicum
Topic: Boekentip
Replies: 0
Views: 1009
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