So how does Horace demonstrate to his readers the way in which Necessitas and Virtus might operate in the microcosm? He picks two characters, one to illustrate potentially unrestrained virtus being controlled by necessitas; one to illustrate how one might accept the demands of necessitas while still preserving individual virtus. The former in Ode 3.3 … More Horace’s Recipe for Having a Well-Balanced Psyche (circa 23 BCE)
Having read the excellent blog “Why Women Talk Less” at language: a feminist guide on the myriad possibilities of why women’s voices are not heard on terms equal to men, I was reminded of several years of teaching Ovid’s story of Echo to high school Latin students at an all girls’ school. Echo was the … More Echo: A Woman’s Voice in Ovid’s Metamorphoses III
I think one of the greatest fears people have about reassessing their responses via mindfulness training is that they are somehow losing a part of themselves. If I have been an angry cynic for 30 years, what will happen to me if and when I revalue my response to myself and my world? The truth … More Know Thyself
The boy toughened in basic training let him learn to appreciate pinching poverty like a friend and as a frightening knight plague the Parthians, fierce with spear. Let him lead his life in the open, exposed to danger. Prospecting high from the other side, the mother of a warring tyrant and the wedding-ready maiden let … More Horace Roman Ode 2 (3.2)
I hate the wicked crowd and shun it Be careful with your tongues! Songs unheard Before, I sing, priest of Muses, to girls to boys. The power of fearsome kings is for their herds, for the kings themselves of Jupiter, noted for routing the Giants swaying all things with a look. Look how one man sets his trees in wider rows than another; how … More Horace Roman Ode 1 (3.1) A Translation
Horace’s Roman Odes have always been held in high esteem. Sometimes–as during the early 1900s in England– they were in such regard that they became an instrument by which to indoctrinate young men into unquestioning patriotism. The fact that they were abused pedagogically should not detract from their literary merit. After all, Horace did not … More Horace’s Cosmos
Take an hour today and celebrate Doyle’s birthday by reading a tale or two about the great detective Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. John Watson. Just finished “The Yellow Face.” What a warm and wonderful ending! Why not go to Netflix and watch one of the episodes from the first three seasons of the … More Happy Birthday Sir Arthur Conan Doyle!
Diu desiderata, dulcius obtinentur: cito autem data, vilescunt. Pete, quaere, insta. Petendo et quaerendo crescis, ut capias. Servat tibi Deus, quod non vult cito dare; ut et tu discas magna magne desiderare. Inde oportet semper orare, et non deficere Augustine Sermo 61 In this portion of the sermon Saint Agustine addresses what I would like to … More The Results of Ineffective Prayer