The Wealth of the Countryside

Claude Lorrain (1604-1682), Pastoral Landscape. Yale University Art Gallery. Virgil, Georgics 2.458-542 Translated by Sara Chopra   Oh, farmers, all too lucky – if they could only know their own fortune! – For whom Earth herself, queen of righteousness, Pours out a simple living from the soil – so far from the clash of the […]

Catullus 101: Hello and Goodbye

Amiternum relief, first century BCE, showing a Roman funeral procession, in the Museo Nazionale d’Abruzzo, L’Aquila, Italy. By Sara Albert   Catullus 101 Multās per gentēs et multa per aequora vectus      adveniō hās miserās, frāter, ad īnferiās, ut tē postrēmō dōnārem mūnere mortis      et mūtam nēquīquam alloquerer cinerem. quandoquidem fortūna mihī tētē abstulit ipsum.      heu […]

Blinded by Love

Lesbia and her Sparrow, by Sir Edward John Poynter Catullus 83 by Lily Nesvold   Lesbia mi praesente viro mala plurima dicit: haec illi fatuo maxima laetitia est. mule, nihil sentis? si nostri oblita taceret, sana esset: nunc quod gannit et obloquitur, non solum meminit, sed, quae multo acrior est res, irata est. hoc est, […]