Posts Tagged 'classics'


Goddamn it. 


so as an aspiring classicist (slash medievalist) i like roman history A Lot, and i read about it A Lot, and over time i’ve come up with A Lot of reliable resources for studying it. 


ancient sources:

  • the history of rome (livy) – covers from rome’s (obscure, semimythological) early history all the way up to the reign of augustus. long, dull, but relatively worth it.
  • lives of the twelve caesars (suetonius) – deals with the lives of julius caesar through to emperor domitian. fair warning: people don’t call suetonius an ancient gossip columnist for nothing, so take him with a grain of salt.
  • annals (tacitus) – reign of tiberius to reign of nero, everyone loves this one.
  • de bello gallico (julius caesar) – caesar’s own record of his campaign in gaul, aka roman war propaganda. short but important part of roman history.


i’ve read most of these and been recommended the rest, but they reflect my own interest in specific subjects. you can find a more comprehensive list here.


Homer: *may not have even existed*
Vergil: *writes Homer fanfiction*
Dante: *writes Vergil fanfiction* imitation is the sincerest form of flattery


Sit Vis Tecum

May the Force Be with You

(From here.)


idk friends I just want Horace to know that people all over the world quote his carpe diem. i just want to let him know that he was right, that he never actually died, he wanted to live forever and he did it. “non omnis moriar” you were right, Quintus, my dear friend. I, a 18-year-old kid who lives 2012 years after your death, remember you and cherish your works. you’ve finished a monument more lasting than bronze, taller than the pyramids, a monument that neither the rain nor the winds could destroy. you will live forever in our hearts and your glory will never stop shining. 

a word from the ancient poets


watch, says lucretius. our bodies are atoms that dance through the void, riding the celestial swerve. we are what the universe is made of, so look closely. you may feel alone, but out in that empty space, there is so much like you.

go, says vergil. the world is large and beautiful, and so many things remain to be seen. so much is unknown out there, waiting to be discovered, from the greatest elephant to the smallest bee. go, and find what waits for you.

change, says ovid. the universe is not a stagnant pool, waiting in static silence. with every turn of the world something is new, and you may be afraid of what may happen. but though everything changes, nothing completely dies. for all that changes in you, you are still yourself. don’t be afraid.

sing, says sappho. there may be times when people hate your song or try to change the verses to fit what they think you should be, but your song is yours. lift your voice high as you sing it- the people who love you will sing along.

love, says catullus. you have faced heartbreak and you have been hurt, and it’s only fair that your heart fights against that pain. but life is short, and we all must sleep when our night falls, so give your heart over as best as you can, to friends, to lovers, to yourself.

live, says horace. we never know when our time will come, and we cannot know what tomorrow will hold. so take a deep breath and live today and enjoy what the world has to show you.

sleep, says homer. the night is wine-dark and the stars shine bright against the cloak of the sky, but rosy-fingered dawn will come again to touch your life with light.

Rome celebrates its 2769th birthday today, 21st of April!


Known as Natale di Roma, the annual birthday celebration is based on the legendary foundation of Rome by Romulus in 753 BC. According to the legend, Rome was founded by the orphaned twins Romulus and Remus, who were suckled by a wolf. After a dispute with his twin brother Remus, Romulus murdered him and named the newly founded city after himself.

Every year the people of Rome dress up in traditional clothes and reenact historical events for the Eternal City’s birthday.

Useful articles about the legendary founding of Rome

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