Saturday, July 16, 2005

Greek Transcoder v.1.0.2

First of all, I wanted to apologise for the radio silence here. Unfortunately, Glaukopis cannot afford her expensive book habit without holding a job. That job, fortunately or unfortunately, is at a bookstore. Unfortunately, the price of a job at a bookstore means having your soul consumed this weekend by the new Harry Potter release. Sadly, it does not look like Harrius Potter sold at our store at all. Eheu! But the weekend is not yet over!--she said with heavily concealed enthusiasm.

See, I want this kind of enthusiasm for newly discovered Sappho. I want to throw a huge party for the release of Sappho's poetry that hasn't been seen in millenia. I want to hold my breath at midnight as the new edition of the TLS with full Greek text finally comes out of boxes decorated like Greek pottery and people scurry into the line to get their very own copy (or two--or three!). I want to hear squeals of academic delight as people unfold the delicate grey pages to reveal freshly printed Greek text previously known only to those long dead and to a handful of scholars who first discovered the text.

And you know what? We can even recycle the fake round glasses as everyone dresses up to be the academic ancient Greek geek.

Ah, but who am I kidding? I've never been a huge fan of hype.

But now back to the title of this post! Apparently, the Greek Transcoder has been updated again. This news is actually a couple days old, methinks, but I've been rather busy.

My random digression seems to have swallowed this bulk of this post, but I don't really feel like changing the title.


Blogger wackyvorlon said...

Alas, people will always vastly prefer the latest dime novel over some of the greatest poetry ever written. I find it terribly ironic that people seem to search so hard for lost ancient wisdom, and are constantly carried away by modern frauds - when in fact the real ancient wisdom is available to them at almost any university library.

11:51 PM  
Blogger Glaukôpis said...

Admittedly, HP is better than some of the other stuff they could be reading, but I completely agree. And I want Sappho! ;-)

11:55 PM  
Blogger wackyvorlon said...

Harry Potter is alright, but I find the language very simple. I prefer a slightly more challenging read:)

Sappho is great, her being a lesbian, most of her poetry is written to women. When I find a girl of interest, I can make quite good use of it:)

2:43 AM  
Blogger Glaukôpis said...

Well, yeah. I've never *really* read HP, but considering it's for children, I can't really fault it for being simple.

So many reasons to love Sappho... ;-)

9:09 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

well, I don't know if people who want to read harry potter are looking for great ancient poetry. if they want sappho, they'll read sappho, but if they want something entertaining and smart, they'll read harry potter, or any of a number of other good modern authors.

maybe the real danger comes when the lines really blur. witness dan brown and "the da vinci code": entertainment (i can't say "good"), but it can also give you the impression you're learning valuable historical lessons. maybe you are, maybe you aren't, but they're so wrapped in misinformation and venom and all the sacrifices that can be made in the name of entertianment that you can tell.

but great ancient works can be entertaining - the odyssey never gets old, and i laugh as much at petronius as i do at the novels of terry pratchett. i'm just saying there's nothing wrong with entertainment, as long as you're aware of what you're getting, or at least are capable of evaluating whether it has any worth beyond entertainment. i don't think harry potter ever presumes to teach any great life lessons beyond what any young adult novels aim for.

pardon my ramblings. i'm all for the sappho release party. (i got really excited in the bookstore the other day at finding new editions of fitzgerald's homer, but no one else was amused.)

5:58 PM  
Blogger Glaukôpis said...

Re: Joe

No, I understand what you mean. HP is good for what it's supposed to be. Although, there are some people out there who DO mix that up the way they do the Da Vinci Code.

And yeah, I get excited every time somebody asks for Homer, and I go there and tell them which editions to buy. ::grin::

8:53 PM  

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