Humanities and the Liberal Arts
is the personal website of former Middlebury classics professor William Harris
who passed away in 2009. In his retirement
he crafted a wonderful site full of essays, music
and his thoughts on anything from education
. But the heart of the website for me is, unsurprisingly, his essays on ancient Latin and Greek literature
some of whom are book-length works. Here are a few examples: Purple color in Homer
, complete fragments of Heraclitus
, how to read Homer and Vergil
, a discussion of a recently unearthed poem by Sappho
, Plato and mathematics
, Propertius' war poems
, and finally, especially close to my heart, his commentaries on the poetry of Catullus, for example on Ipsithilla
, Odi et amo
, Attis poem as dramatic dance performance
and a couple of very dirty poems
(even by Catullus' standard). That's just a taste of the riches found on Harris' site, which has been around nearly as long as the world wide web has existed.
posted by Kattullus
on Sep 30, 2011 -
Are you not amazed at how she evokes soul, body, hearing, tongue, sight, skin, as though they were external and belonged to someone else? And how at one and the same moment she both freezes and burns, is irrational and sane, is terrified and nearly dead, so that we observe in her not a single emotion but a whole concourse of emotions? Such things do, of course, commonly happen to people in love. Sappho’s supreme excellence lies in the skill with which she selects the most striking and vehement circumstances of the passions and forges them into a coherent whole. Longinus, On the Sublime Sappho’s poem of jealousy
survives only because the ancient critic Longinus quoted it as a supreme example of poetic intensity--now Ken Knabb has put up 26 translations of it in the English at the Gateway to the Vast Realms
, the literature and texts section of his Bureau of Public Secrets
. And wait! There's more!
posted by y2karl
on Oct 2, 2004 -
The Songs of Bilitis.
'First published in Paris in 1894, this purports to be translations of poems by a woman named Bilitis, a contemporary and acquaintance of Sappho. This caused a sensation, not only because finding an intact cache of poems from a completely unknown Greek poet circa 600 B.C. would be a miracle, but because of its open and sensitive exploration of lesbian eroticism. Actually Bilitis never existed. The poems were a clever forgery by Pierre Louÿs--the "translator"; to lend weight, he had even included a bibliography with bogus supporting works ... '
A new addition to the sacred-texts.com
posted by plep
on Dec 2, 2003 -
Truly that is a miracle of wonder surpassing the tongues of the eloquent, and far beyond the most cunning speech to describe: the mind reels before it, and the intellect stands abashed
The Dove's Necklace
Cosma Rohilla Shalizi
, who contains universes: Notebooks
, Pieces for the SFI Bulletin
, The Bactra Review
, Books and Other Texts I've Put on the Web
and not the worst links
page I've ever seen. This is the worst home page ever, according to yankthechain. I'm very proud.
He likes, among many others, Avram Davidson
, Jack Vance
, Edna St. Vincent Millay
and Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
. Courage, garrulousness and the mob are on our side. What more do we want?
Now, is that a tagline or what?
posted by y2karl
on Mar 21, 2003 -