Wednesday, September 14, 2005

On the Field of Mawrs

Let's see what's on the agenda here at the Campus ...

  • Finish long-overdue thesis
  • Correct the next 80 pages of the Greek textbook
  • Write a review of Bolchazy-Carducci's reprint of Dover's Theocritus for the blog (not surprisingly the one I look most forward to)
  • Really work on my German
  • Post daily!

    Now that last one's going to be tough. One of the worst things about blogging is the permanence, the fact that parts of you are cryogenically frozen, and they're just as often parts you'd rather forget, like unwarranted confidence in an area of relative ignorance or meanness on a bad day.

    I can report though that my French has improved dramatically recently and I've been enjoying Masqueray's Traité de Metrique Grecque (1880) as well as Koster's (4th ed., 1966). The latter is particularly fun when he has occasion to mention trends in German scholarship. Both are more complete than Rosenmeyer, more useful than West, and easier to read than any of the Germans because I can't read German very well.

    And that's good enough for me.

    (n.b.: Masqueray is impossible to find used so I've resorted to photocopying the whole thing, and Koster is only available in over-priced earlier editions. I may end up copying that as well. I think they're both worth it.)

    I've just acquired my own copies of the first and second editions of the OCD (which have many articles superior to the third) and I've just gotten a job as a substitute Latin teacher, so there should be plenty to blog about.

    Now if only Eric could find some time between prelims, travel plans, and marriage ...


    eric said...

    out of curiosity, what are some articles in the 1st and 2nd eds. of the OCD that you think are better than the 3rd?

    and i hope to get back to posting soon...

    dennis said...

    I'll start with Nicander, and then go with Meter.

    Hey ... you've just given me something to blog about.

    I'll give it some more thought.