Quid agitur? (March 19th)   Recently updated !

Registration for the 2017 CANE Summer Institute at Brown University is now open. The theme is “The View From a Distance: Perspectives on the Greeks and Romans From Across Space and Time.” We will consider the views and responses to Greece and Rome by contemporaneous “others” from around the ancient world, as well as reactions and adaptations of Greek and Roman culture in later literature and physical art. Whether you are a teacher of Latin and/or Greek, history, English, the arts, or other related disciplines; an undergraduate or graduate student; or a devoted lifelong learner, you will enjoy a thoughtful and enriching experience that includes a wide variety of mini-courses, lectures, workshops, reading groups, and special events while also offering many opportunities for conversation and collegial interaction among participants.

•Don’t forget about the CANE “News” page, which lists CANE-sponsored events, events connected to Classics throughout New England, and events around the country of interest to students and their instructors.

•Links to the New England states’ classical associations: NH, VT, ME, MA, RI, CT.

 

 


Quid Agitur? (March 12)

  • Get excited for the 2017 CANE Annual Meeting, March 17-18 at Phillips Exeter Academy! Please review the program, hotel information, and information regarding directions and parking.
  • There are still a couple of days left for submissions to the The Bernice L. Fox writing contestsponsored by the Classics Department at Monmouth College. High school students are asked to “make a pitch for a classical figure as president, or depict that person acting as president or on the campaign trail,” with $250 awarded to the author of the best submission. Entries are due March 15.
  • Registration for the 2017 CANE Summer Institute at Brown University is now open. The theme is “The View From a Distance: Perspectives on the Greeks and Romans From Across Space and Time.” We will consider the views and responses to Greece and Rome by contemporaneous “others” from around the ancient world, as well as reactions and adaptations of Greek and Roman culture in later literature and physical art. Whether you are a teacher of Latin and/or Greek, history, English, the arts, or other related disciplines; an undergraduate or graduate student; or a devoted lifelong learner, you will enjoy a thoughtful and enriching experience that includes a wide variety of mini-courses, lectures, workshops, reading groups, and special events while also offering many opportunities for conversation and collegial interaction among participants.

Hall’s “A Collection of College Words and Customs”

If, like me, you’re fond of flipping through old dictionaries filled with obsolete words (I mean, I’m not the only person who does that… right?), you may wish to take a glance at A Collection of College Words and Customs, published in 1851, by Benjamin Homer Hall.  In this lexicon of college jargon, much of which was already considered archaic by the middle of the nineteenth century, you’ll unsurprisingly find a great many Latin words and phrases used to describe these oddities.  For example, here’s the entry for what seems to have been a terrifying club, wielded by the most menacing students:

“INTONITANS BOLUS.  Greek, bolos, a lump.  Latin, bolus, a bit, a morsel.  English, bolus, a mass of any thing made into a large pill.  It may be translated a thundering pill.  At Harvard College, the Intonitans Bolus was a great cane or club which was given nominally to the strongest fellow in the graduating class; ‘but really,’ says a correspondent, ‘to the greatest bully,’ and thus was transmitted, as an entailed estate, to the Samsons of the College.  If any one felt that he had been wronged in not receiving this emblem of valor, he was permitted to take it from its possessor if he could.  In later years the club presented a very curious appearance; being almost entirely covered with the names of those who had held it, carved on its surface in letters of all imaginable shapes and descriptions.  It has disappeared within the last ten or fifteen years, and its hiding-place, even if it is in existence, is not known.  See BULLYISM.”

If you do have the opportunity to read through this glossary, I might also suggest the entries for the “Burning of Convivium,” which describes elaborate ceremonies in which much-detested Latin and Greek textbooks are burned on a funeral pyre, and for “Latin Spoken at Colleges,” which provides a short account of the use, and eventual decline, of oral Latin in early American schools!