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pointless tangent

Postby Valerius Claudius Iohanes on Fri Oct 03, 2008 11:52 pm

Salve, Tiberii -

Forgive this email; it's a pointless tangent!


Tiberius Dionysius Draco wrote: "Pompeji: Geschiedenis, dagelijks leven en kunst van de bedolven stad." (roughly translated: Pompei: history, daily life and art from the buried city): I don't know if an english or german version of this book exists.


Too bad I never learned Flemish or Dutch, cousins of English that they are! Just now, tho, the Flemish title turned readable - what was initially opaque became suddenly transparent:

Geschiedenis = [okay, this one's still opaque, but];
dagelijks = AngloSaxon daegelic = daily;
leven = Germ. leben = life, lives;
en = Middle English an = and;
kunst = Germ. kunst, art;
van de = from the
bedolven = 'be-delved' = be-dug, ie, 'unearthed';
stad = Germ. stadt = city.

Not important, but a satisfying moment.

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Re: pointless tangent

Postby Tiberius Dionysius Draco on Mon Oct 06, 2008 11:38 pm

Salve Iohane,

A nice bit of deducting you did there. I think I may be able to help you with "geschiedenis" as wel. I think the roots of the word lie with the verb "geschieden" or "to happen, to occur". Perhaps there is an old English word that is somewhat similar to it?

In any case, it continues to amaze me that Old English has so much in common with Dutch. This is particularly noticeable in West-Flanders where they use a lot of English words in their dialect. Then again, they are closer to the England compared to the rest of us :wink:.

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Re: I am currently reading...

Postby Tiberius Dionysius Draco on Sat Feb 07, 2009 2:53 pm

Salvete omnes,

Inspired by Pulla's experiences with Roman meals, I've gotten "Rond de tafel der Romeinen" by P.C.P. Faas from the library. Awesome reading material so far and I recommend it to everyone wanting to know more about Roman eating habits.

It's been translated into English as well: http://www.librarything.com/work/208978

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Re: I am currently reading...

Postby Valerius Claudius Iohanes on Sun Feb 08, 2009 12:46 am

Claudius Iohannes Tiberio Dionysio Draconi Quiritibusque Omnibus s.p.d.

I picked up a copy of Grant' s book on Rome, but put it aside for the moment - it seems to be by and large a recapitulation of the conventional ideas of Rome and Roman history, and at this point that's not enough.

To my own surprise, since I don't usually read much fiction, and after enjoying another of Decimus Caecilius's SPQR mysteries, I read a novel aimed at teen readers set in late Roman times in Britain titled Frontier Wolf, by Rosemary Sutcliff, who's apparently written about six Roman-themed books (historical periods yet to be known). I enjoyed it; it's not the great novel of all time, but enjoyable.

As to Latin, well, bits and pieces only. I have a stable of works waiting in the wings....

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Re: I am currently reading...

Postby M Sempronia Pulla on Mon Feb 09, 2009 5:52 pm

Salvete Omnes!

Just finished reading Romans and their Gods in the Age of Augustus by Robert Maxwell Ogilvie. It's a short book but a really good introduction to Roman religion and practice. It's not as dry as other books, although given its age could be dated with its information.

Currently still reading Greek Religion: Archaic and Classical by Walter Burkert.

Going to be reading Etruscan Roman Remains by Charles Leland next. I seriously have a huge long line of books after this one.
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Re: I am currently reading...

Postby Q Valerius on Tue Feb 10, 2009 6:39 pm

How do you like Burkert?
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Re: I am currently reading...

Postby M Sempronia Pulla on Thu Feb 12, 2009 3:28 pm

I really enjoy it and find it very informative, although it takes me a long time to get through it for some reason. But it's an excellent introduction to Greek religion, and some of the concepts in it help to better understand Roman religion, too.

Also forgot to mention I'm reading Sulla: the Last Republican.
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Re: I am currently reading...

Postby Q Valerius on Thu Feb 12, 2009 8:40 pm

I'm actually reading at the moment Burkert's Homo Necans.
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Re: I am currently reading...

Postby Valerius Claudius Iohanes on Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:41 am

Salvete, sive Sodales sive Curiales, sive Socii -

Among the other things I'm reading, these two are pertinent to Rome:

- Seneca: Humanist at the Court of Nero, by Sorensen.

- The Cambridge Companion to the Stoics, edited by Brad Inwood.

Anyone else reading anything of interest?

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Re: I am currently reading...

Postby Cleopatra Aelia on Tue Nov 10, 2009 11:27 pm

I'm reading

Tony Wilmott (ed.)
Roman Amphitheatres and Spectacula: a 21st Century Perspective
BAR International Series 1946, 2009

This book contains the papers from the international conference held at Chester in Feb. 2007 which I attended.
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Postby Valerius Claudius Iohanes on Wed Nov 11, 2009 7:54 am

Salve, Cleopatra Aelia -

Can the 21st century perspective on the Spectacula Romana vetera be summarized? Did any interesting ideas come out of the conference?

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Re: I am currently reading...

Postby Valerius Claudius Iohanes on Tue Feb 09, 2010 1:02 am

Salvete (quicumque has litteras legas!)

Currently reading:

i. Stoicism, John Sellars.
    Also: If you're partial to Stoicism, you might want to check out "The New Stoa", an association that also has its own course in Stoic study. http://www.newstoa.com/college.php

ii. Belisarius: the Last Roman General, by Ian Hughes. Despite the pop title, this seems to be a critical and serious inquiry into Flavius Belisarius, late-late-late Roman magister belli.


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