Sappho in Greek! And did the Romans "invade" Britain?
The text is, of course, from Martin West's article in the TLS:
῎Υμμες πεδὰ Μοίσαν ἰ]ο̣κ[ό]λ̣πων
κάλα δῶρα, παῖδες,
σπουδάσδετε καὶ τὰ]ν̣ φιλἀοιδον
ἔμοι δ᾽ἄπαλον πρίν] π̣οτ᾽ [ἔ]ο̣ντα
χρόα γῆρας ἤδη
ἐπέλλαβε, λεῦκαι δ’ ἐγ]ένοντο
τρίχες ἐκ μελαίναν·
βάρυς δέ μ’ ὀ[θ]ῦμο̣ς̣ πεπόηται, γόνα
δ’ [ο]ὐ φέροισι,
τὰ δή ποτα λαίψηρ’ ἔον ὄρχησθ’ ἴσα
τὰ <μὲν> στεναχίσδω θαμέως· ἀλλὰ τί
ἀγήραον ἄνθρωπον ἔοντ᾽ οὐ δύνατον
καὶ γἀρ π̣[ο]τ̣α̣ Τίθωνον ἔφαντο
ἔρωι φ̣ . . α̣θ̣ε̣ισαν βάμεν’ εἰς
ἔσχατα γᾶς φέροισα[ν,
ἔοντα̣ [κ]ά̣λ̣ο̣ν καὶ νέον, ἀλλ’
αὖτον ὔμως ἔμαπψε
χρόνωι π̣ό̣λ̣ι̣ο̣ν̣ γῆρας, ἔχ[ο]
ν̣τ’ ἀθανάταν ἄκοιτιν.
My Greek isn't exactly good enough to warrent comments from me. I plan on shoving it in my professor's face on Wednesday, though. If any interesting discussion comes up, it will, of course, be posted here.
Taking a 180 from archaic Greek to "modern" Latin, Father Foster has a new segment up today. He discusses boxing and space-travel and proves that even monks can be snarky.
David Meadows at rogueclassicism also posted an interesting article from the Independent on the Roman Invasion of Britain (or lack thereof?). I have to admit I had the same questions running through my head while reading that as David did. I think the "answer" probably lies somewhere in the middle ground of what was known before and what has recently been discovered.