Sunday, April 29, 2007

Vergil Journal 10: Book VI + VII ?'s

Book VI ?'s

1) What is the role of Deiphobe in this book?

2) What about Misenus?

3) Talk briefly about those who are on the jaws of Orcus, 376 ff.

4) Comment on Charon's role and appearance.

5) Recap the Dido/Aeneas episode in this book. Whose side do you take, why?

6) Talk about a few of the punishments described from 753-839.

7) Describe the Deiphobus episode. Who is the main culprit?

8) Talk about the Romans foretold to Aeneas, which we did not translate. 1084-1155.

Book VII ?'s

1) Briefly describe Latinus and his family situation.

2) What has the soothsayer told about his daughter's situation?

3) The tables omen...who interprets it and what does it mean for the Trojans?

4) What were the Latins doing when Ilionesus's assembly arrives? What is the purpose of Ilioneus' assembly?

5) What is Latinus' reply to the envoys?

6) Comment on Juno's speech, 398-441.

7) What does Allecto do?

8) Silvia's stag is the saddest incident, what is its role here?

9) What is the custom with the gates of war?

10) Briefly comment on the various allies of Turnus. In your opinion who is the most interesting?

Saturday, April 28, 2007

The Third Quiz lines: Book X 420~428

I just translated 162 lines of Latin today... I'm going out of my mind...

Now I'm about to translate another 8 lines... damn that seems tiny now lol

So Pallas seeks him(Halaesus), first prayed(perfect participle) thus:

"Grant now, father Tiber, to the sword, which(accusative) I balance to be able to be thrown,

(grant) a fortunate way through the chest of Halaesus.

Your oak tree(quercus) will have arms and spoil of the man(Halaesus)."

The god heard these(prayer - accusative plural); then Halaesus covered Imaon,

the unlucky man(Halaesus) gives his unprotected chest to the spear.

But Lausus, a great part of the war, did not allow(non sinit) his army line(agmina)

to be frightened thoroughly by the man's slaughter.

First, he kills opposing Abbas, the knot and the barrier of the war.

Damn that took me way too long because of the little side notes. I don't know why I just spent 20 minutes doing this, but have fun in Latin anyways.

Vale, quisques es.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Lines 450~460: Second Quiz lines

Behold me, those whiners talking cr@p at this blog for being late. Unless you are posting these lines, be happy at the fact that someone's doing this.

Among them, Phoenician Dido, still fresh with wound, was wandering in the great forest.

The Trojan hero, as soon as he stopped (or halted) close ((implied) to her), recognized

the obscure (Dido) through the shadoes. Such as he, in the first of the month, who sees or

thinks to have seen the moon rise through the clouds. He drops tears and addressed her

with sweet love: "Unlucky Dido, then truly the messenger had come to me and and bear that

you followed the very end with the steel (sword)? Was I, alas, the cause of your death? I swear

by the stars and by the gods and if there is any faith under this ground, unwillingly, queen, I left

from your shores.

Two extra lines:

Cerberus haec ingens latratu regna trifauci

personat, adverso recubans immanis in antro.

Huge Cerberus (3-headed hellhound) in this kingdom resounds barking with three throats,

Monstrous (body) reclining to the opposite side in a cave

Text for the extra lines taken from the Loeb, not the translation. I referenced the Loeb for the translation, but I checked each words with dictionary for precision. Not that this is up before 10 PM, I want to see some happy whiners after the quiz praising this holy blog. Have fun with Latin, everyone.

"Search not for your desire in this world, but the source of your happiness."
- Guess Who?

Friday, April 13, 2007

Quiz- Book VI: Lines 24-36 (First Quiz of the Last Term!)

Some quiz lines...and Karen and Mia must admit that this lines were rather cumbersome, so bear with us as we attempt accurately translate at this hour...

24 In this (panel...remember they are looking at another door) the cruel love of the bull and Pasiphae is placed under(neath) by theft/fraud,
25 (particularly confusing) the Minotaur is the race (that was) mixed and the two-formed offspring,
26 the reminders/memorials of an unspeakable Venus (love),
27 here that labor of the house- that inextricable maze (referring to the Minotaur's labyrinth)
28 Daedalus also depicted the great love of the queen having taken pity on it (we did this way differently in class but after looking at the cases we think this makes more sense)
29 he freed the tricks of the house and its winding (passage)/ambiguity guiding blind footsteps with string (same as above applies here).
30-31 You also, Icarus, would've had a great part in such a great work if pain allowed it (same as above again).
32 Having tried twice to depict the downfall (of Icarus) in gold,
33 twice the father's (Daedalus) hands fell. In fact constantly
34 they (Aeneas and peeps?) would look over everything with their eyes, unless returned Achates was present (?)
35 and together with the priestess of Phoebe and Hecate, Deiphobe (daughter) of Glaucus, said these things to the king (Aeneas)

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Vergil Journal 9: Book V ?'s

(the cool pic from our book!)^^

So these are the "questions" just in case you've forgotten them or what not...

1) Summarize the opening scene, why and how to honor Anchinses? (from Fitzgerald)

2) The games are interesting. Briefly describe each event. Which is the weirdest, in your opinion and why? They all are either pretty strange, or have strange resolutions.

3) The women get riled up, describe what they do, and who puts an end to their ploy (ploy is such a cool word). Pay particular attention to Ascanius' activity. He is taking a leadership role for once... :)

4) Comment on the Palinurus episode, did anyone see this coming (a Davy rhetorical ?)?

5) Bonus, what Cambridge reading (s) was/were obviously modeled on the book? (we pretty much already answered this...)