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Historical Linguistics of the Latin Language: Latin Rhotacism

Historical Linguistics of the Latin Language: Latin Rhotacism

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by Christina Skelton Everyone who has studied Latin has wondered about the verb “to be.” Why is there all the irregularity? Why do we see es- and s- in the present tense as in sum, es, est, but er- in the imperfect, as in eram, eras, erat? It seems to…

Comments on the 2011 Eta Sigma Phi APA Panel

Comments on the 2011 Eta Sigma Phi APA Panel

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Respondent: David Konstan Let me begin by thanking Tom Sienkewicz, the Executive Secretary of Eta Sigma Phi, for inviting me to comment on this set of excellent papers by undergraduate scholars, and to my young colleagues on the panel for their contributions. These days, initiation into the mysteries of the…

Reading Other People’s Mail: Putting Together an Intermediate-Level Latin Reader

Reading Other People’s Mail: Putting Together an Intermediate-Level Latin Reader

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One of the papers from the Eta Sigma Phi panel at the 2011 APA Rhiannon Gladys Ellington Knol and Eric B. Struble Randolph College The jump between elementary and intermediate Latin is one of the most difficult challenges of Latin instruction: the students have basic linguistic tools but lack the…

Cena Nasideni and Cena Trimalchionis

Cena Nasideni and Cena Trimalchionis

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One of the papers from the Eta Sigma Phi panel at the 2011 APA Hannah Rich University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill This paper studies the relationship between the Cena Nasideni from Satire 2.9 of Horace and the Cena Trimalchionis from the Satyricon of Petronius. A close reading of…

Thais: A Believable Meretrix

Thais: A Believable Meretrix

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One of the papers from the Eta Sigma Phi panel at the 2011 APA Lauren Gribble Hillsdale College Although the prostitute has long been listed among stock comedic characters as the mala meretrix, Donatus maintains that Terence’s courtesan represents a departure from the stereotype, termed the bona meretrix, a line…

The Battle for Socrates’ Succession: Diogenes the Cynic’s Abuse of Plato

The Battle for Socrates’ Succession: Diogenes the Cynic’s Abuse of Plato

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One of the papers from the Eta Sigma Phi panel at the 2011 APA Caleb E. Scholle New York University In this paper, I argue that Diogenes the Cynic’s abuse of Plato, recounted by the biographer Diogenes Laertius, is not, as scholars have generally assumed, a mere literary invention. Rather,…

The Peisistratid Tyranny: Conflicting Sources and Revisionist History at Work

The Peisistratid Tyranny: Conflicting Sources and Revisionist History at Work

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One of the papers from the Eta Sigma Phi panel at the 2011 APA Mara Kutter University of California, Los Angeles Before the Athenians had democracy, they lived under tyranny. The Peisistratids ruled Athens consecutively from 546/5 B.C. until 511/0 B.C. The sources concerning the Peisistratids, including Herodotus, Thucydides, the…

Eta Sigma Phi at APA 2012

Eta Sigma Phi at APA 2012

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Eta Sigma Phi will sponsor its third undergraduate panel at the 143rd Meeting of the American Philological Association in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 5–8, 2012 (Saturday, January 7, 1:30–3:30 PM, room to be announced). The following papers were elected by an anonymous committee of chapter advisors. “Humility, Humiliation, and Mock-epic: Horace…

Best Paper at the 2011 Convention

Best Paper at the 2011 Convention

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Learning to Speak and Pray in Confessions, Book 1 Theodore Harwood of Eta Delta at Hillsdale College St. Augustine opens his Confessions with a very simple statement: magnus es, domine (“You are great, Lord”; 1.1.1). Yet, as Christian Lotz notes, Augustine’s invocation, in bringing into speech the invisible, intangible, and…