Sunday, December 07, 2008

The best and the brightest--basic theme

Quem vocet divum populus ruentis
imperi rebus? Prece qua fatigent
virgines sanctae minus audientem
carmina Vestam?

Whom will the people call on in the collapse of the empire?
With what prayer can the holy virgins call out the Vesta
if she doesn't listen to their song?

Cui dabit partis scelus expiandi
Iuppiter? Tandem venias, precamur,
nube candentis umeros amictus,
augur Apollo.

To whom will Juppiter assign the part of expiating our crime?
Come at length, we pray, Apollo,
your shoulders wrapped in a bright cloud

[Or perhaps you, Mercury should come, disguised as the emperor Augustus]

And then he addresses Augustus:

Serus in caelum redeas, diuque
laetus intersis populo Quirini
neve te nostris vitiis iniquum
ocior aura

Return only late to heaven,
and instead be pleased to be for a long time among us.
And let not the air earlier
[you] offended by our vices

Tollat. Hic magnos potius triumphos,
hic ames dici pater atque princeps,
neu sinas Medos equitare inultos,
te duce, Cesar.

Take you. Rather be pleased with triumphs here
Be pleased to be called father and prince.
Nor permit the Persians unpunished to ride against us,
You our leader, Caesar!

--Horace writing in the first century BC.
Carminum Lib I, ii

(The meter goes like this, using italics for the long syllables):

Quem vo cet di vum po pu lus ru en tis

there ya go


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This post of yours could not have been more timely, judging by events in today's news. "More than 150 vehicles carrying equipment bound for U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan are blown apart and burned at two terminals in Peshawar, Pakistan." And the U.S. auto industry is going into free-fall mode.

Down goes the empire.

5:35 PM  
Blogger badger said...

even spookier, what he's saying at the end is "lead us in taking another shot at punishing that outfit that controls [Mesopotamia, Iran and environs] and we'll feel like we're fine again."

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Badger - I truly LOVE your blog!

10:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've quoted your post and cross-linked it here - hope this meets your definition of a long-long deserved "accolade"?

11:10 PM  
Blogger badger said...

thanks! (the "accolades" thing isn't entirely serious...)

3:03 PM  
Blogger jaqueleliywn said...

You don't need a participation trophy to quickly figure out that Monopoly For Millennials is a mean game. This isn't a case of a multi million dollar company trying to laugh with Millennials that's what fast food accounts on Twitter are for. It's having a laugh at Millennials.

The Cheap Michael Kors Handbags makeup of an AYA cancer is often different from the MK Outlet Online same tumor type diagnosed in Nike Air Force 1 Cheap Outlet a child. AYA cancers are often more complex genomically Best Yeezys (how all of your genes work together). They may also have unique features not found Ray Ban Outlet as often in pediatric patients.

Tommy Brown, and Rev. Robert Patterson officiating. Burial will follow in Jordan Shoes For Sale West Hill Cemetery. First, decide on your goals VR covers a lot of territoryIf you Coach Outlet Clearance Sale simply want to get a taste of VR, you might not need to buy anything at all. A visit to one of the lucky Microsoft or GameStop stores that are demoing the high end Vive headset may be enough to let you know whether you want to go further. Or you can Coach Outlet Online get a demo of the lower priced Samsung Gear VR (based on the Oculus platform), at Best Buy or some other locations..

10:49 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home