Author Archives: Steve Jenkin

Pindaric Ode in honour of Olympic Rower Cath Bishop

This previously unpublished Pindaric Ode was composed in Latin by Alan Treloar (1919-2011), a well-known Australian Classical polyglot. It was one of several he wrote in letters to me, this […]

Sappho Fragment 58 (Contributed by Andrew Bellon)

Some of the text was newly recovered from a Cologne University scroll. The scroll was used as Egyptian mummy cartonnage and is the earliest known Sappho text, written some 300 […]

Sappho Fragment 2, ‘The apple grove’ (Contributed by Andrew Bellon)

The musical language of this fragment has always haunted me, especially the second stanza. The ἐν δ’ ὔδωρ ψῦχρον κελάδει δι’ ὔσδων μαλίνων, creates a startling and sonorous spatial depth […]

Let it Go (Disney’s Frozen) in Classical Greek (Contributed by Students of the University of Auckland)

This is a hilarious Greek take on the Disney song from Frozen by Classics students at the University of Auckland. Enjoy!   χιων λαμπει λευκη ἐφ ὁρου οὐ στιβος τις […]

Virgil Aeneid 2.708-40 (Contributed by Carla Jennings)

I think that this is one of the most moving passages in The Aeneid. It focuses on Aeneas trying to save his family which is not only something very poignant […]

Pliny the Younger, Ep.7.27.5 – 7.27.11 (contributed by Darren Lester)

I re-encountered this passage on Hallowe’en 2014, a few years after I first read it, while writing a small article on the history and evolution of the horror story. On […]

Horace Odes III.12 (contributed by Terry Walsh)

A beguiling lyric, Horace’s unique poem in this metre, and one does not even know how to divide up the verses. Who is talking and to whom? Is Neobule (a.k.a. […]

Menander, Theophoroumene fr. 1 (Contributed by Ben Cartlidge)

When I began my doctorate on the language of Menander, my first task, naturally enough, was to read all of Menander (I never accomplished my goal of learning all Menander […]

Ibycus 7 (contributed by Mariangela Labate)

A lover is like an old horse reluctant to race In this fragment Ibycus is worried about being once again a victim of Love and of his irresistibile enticements, just […]

Poppies in Classical Poetry – Homer, Catullus, Virgil, Dante (contributed by Jane Mason and David Bevan)

Homer’s simile describes the death of a minor character, shot by mistake by Teucer when aiming at Hector. Catullus’ poem begins with a bitter and crude invective against his unfaithful […]