Schooled by Catullus


So far my learning process is to translate a poem as best I can, then find a correct translation to see how I did. Here’s what I was able to come up with on my own with these lines by Catullus that a friend cited  in a Facebook post (the…

Even Among the Muses, There Are Furies


Sunt etiam in Musis furiae. Thomas More's Latin was beyond my powers, but I thought this expression was worth sharing. Here's the Yale Edition's translation of More's poem, itself a translation from the Greek: "On a Mad Poet" (from the Greek)Even among the Muses there are Furies,and it is they who…

The Wolf Itself


Sad ironies all around in Thomas More’s poems and epigrams about the differences between tyrants and righteous sovereigns.On Good & Bad RulersWhat is a good ruler? He is the guard dog of the flockwho puts the wolves to flight with his voice.What is a bad ruler? The wolf itself.115 "De…

Parthenogenesis Perhaps?


Against an Unchaste WifeShe is fecund, she is fecund, the wife of my (friend) Aratus, for certainly she created three children without the man himself.Here's Thomas More's Latin:165 "In Uxorem Impudicam" Est foecunda mei, foecunda est uxor Arati, nempe suo genuit ter sine foeta uiro (viro).It may be a trope…