Sunday, October 23, 2011

Spirited: Some Thoughts

I have not been keeping up my blog recently. I've been very busy with school (midterms this week) and Cerinthus came to visit for a week.

Right now, I am trying to study for my Prose Composition midterm. The class was fun at first but it has escalated in intensity very quickly. I have tried re-writing vocabulary and making flashcards, but I have nto had much success. Anyone have any ideas?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Appeitive/Reasoning: The Elusive Oxford "Reds"

I guess I'm really becoming one of those classical geeks.

Ever since I did some of the original reading from David Schaps' Handbook for Classical Research, I have been hunting the local university library for the "Oxford Reds." According to Schaps, "the “Oxford Reds,” a number of works (never officially a series) [were] published by Oxford University Press from the 1930s until the 1980s, offering an introduction and a detailed commentary that were on quite a respectable scholarly level: some of these editions, indeed, became the scholarly standard for decades. The text used was usually that of the OCT, occasionally with minor deviations" (Schaps 110). I am glad to say I finally found one. I need to practice my dactylic hexameter scansion with Virgil, so I checked out what I believe is the "Oxford Red" of Book II of the Aeneid. It has a detailed commentary. Should be fun. I might actually translate some of it.