And now I am off to revise indirect statement and principal parts before a lecture at eight on ‘Hector the Tragic Hero’. I feel like I’m getting the hang of the classics lyf, as it were.

☁ (your favourite line of greek poetry?)


Today we all went to a David Raeburn's seminar on the sound of Greek - it was amazing: the peaks and troughs of vowels in the pitch accent, the flow so rhythmic you could feel the meter ringing in your ears. He read extracts from the Odyssey, Plato’s Apology, and Aeschylus’ Agamemnon - including this line, which I remembered from this very post and recognised when he recited it. 

“No single Greek god even approaches Dionysus in the horror of his epithets, which near witness to a savagery that is absolutely without mercy… He is called the “render of men”, “the eater of raw flesh”, “who delights in the sword and bloodshed”. We hear not only of human sacrifice in his cult, but also of the ghastly ritual in which a man is torn to pieces. Where does this put us? Surely there can be no further doubt that this puts us into death’s sphere. The terrors of destruction, which make all if life tremble, belong also, as horrible desire, to the kingdom of Dionysus. The monster whose supernatural duality speaks to us from the mask has one side of his nature turned toward eternal night.”

— Walter F. Otto, Dionysus: Myth and Cult (via argonauticae)

“You know what major I’m going to have in college? Sparkle major.”

— my 8 year old sister (via awgusteen)

“Collect books, even if you don’t plan on reading them right away. Nothing is more important than an unread library.”

— Austin Kleon (via observando)

“An entire sea of water can’t sink a ship unless it gets inside the ship. Similarly, the negativity of the world can’t put you down unless you allow it to get inside you.”

— Goi Nasu (via toinfinityandswann)

Am at Bryanston, waiting for fire drill. My roommate is fab and I now have access to the wifi. 

The way you drop the I in “have brought” reminds me of Latin.

It reminds me of Latin too!

I’d say don’t bother packing any recreational books. You probably won’t have have time; you can borrow a new friend’s; you’ll bring home second-hands. Do pack an instrument if you play one, or an audition piece if you sing!

but… books! Books. I will finish The Catcher in the Rye on the way, I imagine, so that will be one fewer. Shall maybe make an executive decision about which two to take with me. Soz. Books.

Intending to take my clarinet, although I still have difficulty playing since I got my braces. Lol singing. My old piano teacher, upon hearing me sing for aural prep, declared something along the lines of ‘Well, it’s in tune. That’s all that matters.’ I did sing alto in the coro piccolo of my school’s performance of Carmina Burana, which was fun. Mainly because it was in Latin, with bits of German.

from what i remember, people are always needed :) uh, i’m completely blanking - i’d say remember stuff to do in your spare time, and remember essentials (i forgot towels!)

Have brought several books (four plus kindle, which is already too many) and am downloading various programmes from iPlayer. Have remembered to pack towels. And a toga/stola/peplos for good measure.

also because i worry tumblr will eat it if i do a second reply - don't do stuff you don't want to! my roommate was very into the parties which didn't interest me at all, but working backstage on the play was fantastic as a) it was fun b) i met cool people c) it was something to do with my non-greek time. it's intensive af but i do think it was helpful, even if i'll stick to the london one from now on. good luck/enjoy!

okay - great, thank you! I’m not really into acting but I’d like to be part of the play(s) so maybe backstage is the thing for me. Any last things I should pack or leave behind?