Horace’s Recipe for Having a Well-Balanced Psyche (circa 23 BCE)

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)

Echo: A Woman’s Voice in Ovid’s Metamorphoses III

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

Know Thyself

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

Horace Roman Ode 1 (3.1) A Translation

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 Cosmos

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