Classics Logs 2018 Q2
It’s that time of the year again where I post about my classical learning plan. I don’t think I did as well as last quarter but I am still making progress.
2018 Q2 Log
- I continue to listen to lecture courses. I finished that one on the Roman Emperors (and I recommend it). I then listened to The Rise of Rome by Aldrete, which I enjoyed after it got going. Related tangentially to Latin and Rome in Late Antiquity, I listened to Noble's course The Popes and the Papacy: a History and found it fascinating. Then I listened to McInerney’s course on Ancient Greek Civilization and found it useful. Now I am listening to The Apocryphal Jesus by Brakke, which is at best tangentially related.
- Latin - A couple sections of Cambridge Latin Course - Unit 2.
- Latin - Fabulae Faciles 17-62.
- Greek - random NT and LXX readings.
- Greek - Re-reading Lucian’s A True Story. I have read sections 1-35, so I guess I am about a third through. One of my favorite Greek things to read ever. And, by the way, it is not a true story. But at least there is space travel.
- Greek - Selections from Ps-Apollodorus’ Library, Book 1.
- Greek - Some sizable chunks from Dionysius of Halicarnassus’ Roman Antiquities, Book 1.
With the exception of readings in Dionysius and Ps-Apollodorus above in English translation, almost nothing else. I am doing a terrible, horrible, no-good job here.
Continuing my reading-focused approach (mostly on the train) and my weekly meetings with my tutor. Those have been great and have kept me on a consistent schedule, at least with the Fabulae Faciles. I should get back to the Cambridge Latin Course. I feel like I am making progress here but I feel like I could be making more. My tutor seems pleased, so that is good news. And I don’t miss Wheelock yet.
A reasonable amount of reading this time around but nothing spectacular. No composition, which I think it pretty terrible. I will get back to that.
I did let my Greek distract me from Latin this time. One of the reasons why I spent time in both Dionysius of Halicarnassus and Ps-Apollodorus was to start collecting idioms to help me learn and (possibly) for composition projects. As I worked through I collected examples of time, examples of language about Greco-Roman religion, selections on speaking about geography, examples of counting things, animals, measuring distance, naming things, et al. When I have more gathered I will start posting some of the data. I think some will find it interesting. This is one of my two Python/Django projects that I am working on at the moment, and that has been fun too.comments powered by Disqus