Monthly Archives: October 2011

On metamorphoses and butterflies

Γίνονται δ’ αἱ μὲν καλούμεναι ψυχαὶ ἐκ τῶν καμπῶν … καὶ μεταβάλλουσι τὴν μορφήν, καὶ καλοῦνται χρυσαλλίδες … χρόνου δ’ οὐ πολλοῦ διελθόντος περιρρήγνυται τὸ κέλυφος καὶ ἐκπέτεται ἐξ αὐτῶν πτερωτὰ ζῷα, ἃς καλοῦμεν ψυχάς. So-called butterflies come into being … Continue reading

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Lucretius, the Biochemistry of Olfaction, and Scientific Discovery

First published as  “Lucretius, the Biochemistry of Olfaction, and Scientific Discovery” in Euphrosyne: Revista de Filologia Clássica n.s. IX  (1978): 7-18 [Reprinted with the permission of the editorial board of Euphrosyne] Lucretius, the Biochemistry of Olfaction, and Scientific Discovery   … Continue reading

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Woman

This friend from Muping in Shandong province China was a serene model. In her quiet way she made me think of still waters running deep, and I tried to capture her essential womanness:

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Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite – COMMENTS 1

The thirty-three poems known collectively as the Homeric Hymns are from a thematic and narrative viewpoint no doubt of very great antiquity, but they are traditionally situated in the eighth through sixth centuries BCE.  The Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite (hereafter … Continue reading

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Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite 2: 5.34-67 TEXT & TRANSLATION

HHA 1: 5.1-33 The Greek text is printed by permission of Thesaurus Linguae Gracae ® TLG® is a registered trademark of The Regents of the University of California. The original text is also available here (at PERSEUS). TEXT τῶν δ’ … Continue reading

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Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite 1: 5.1-33 TEXT & TRANSLATION

NOTE It had been my original plan to publish in each entry to this series on the Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite (hereafter, HHA) the text and translation followed by a brief commentary.  The latter, it turned out, tended to be … Continue reading

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Beowulf in the White House

As readers of this blog know, I am a big movie fan – I’m actually supposed to say ‘film’ or ‘cinema’ but not ‘film’ – big deal!  And I’ve also been a great fan of certain types of TV programs … Continue reading

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