ϴάλαττα! ϴάλαττα!”

ϴάλαττα! ϴάλαττα!” they cried, as they came to the coast.

I finally have access to all the levels of the server and can get to work.

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  1. ipadre says:

    Love the new picture! Keep up the great work Father Z!

  2. PghCath says:

    Love the new header, Father. I’m glad to hear that things are getting back to normal for you.

  3. revs96 says:

    I like how much of the sidebar content has been moved to the bottom. It seems easier to find things that way.

  4. A. J. D. S. says:


  5. MichaelD says:

    Bravo! I really like the new look.

  6. frjim4321 says:

    This is an improvement.

    It works MUCH better on my Palm Treo.

    The increased white space is am improvement over the legacy layout which was rather busy.

    Fr. Jim

  7. markomalley says:

    Love the new mobile layout on my Android!

    The new litany for the conversion of internet thugs is a success!

  8. Jaybirdnbham says:

    Wish I understood what that subject header meant, but… it’s Greek to me! :-)

  9. nhaggin says:

    Mobile stylesheet looks fabulous on Android and is much more usable than the old one.

  10. frjim4321 says:

    “ACTIVE” is GREAT. It is really working well!

  11. Mary Ann says:

    It’s greek…or geek to me! ;-)

  12. Mary Ann says:

    Thank you FrZ for the search box for the blog…it’s a great addition!

  13. J Kusske says:

    Google is your friend! “The sea, the sea”, from Xenophon’s Anabasis, what the Greek soldiers cried as they caught sight of the coast after their long march out of hostile Persia en route to home.

  14. Jim of Bowie says:

    Will you have a Comments RSS feed for individual posts?

  15. Prof. Basto says:

    The new header is great. The picture is wonderful, but:

    1. I don’t know if Father is aware, but a picture beneath the “Save the Liturgy, Save the World” logo doesn’t show.

    2. I don’t like the alignment of the text. In the previous version of the blog, the alignment was justified, and I think it was better than the current one. If I had a vote or a say, I would suggest dropping the new alignment on the left in favor of the justified text.

  16. MLivingston says:

    PLEASE what does that Greek say? I’m the ignorant product of a non-classical education! And what does it sound like when it’s spoken?

  17. MLivingston says:

    Oh… I missed a kindly translator! Thank you, JKusske! Now… how is it pronounced?

  18. J Kusske says:

    Thalatta is the Latin-script transliteration, with a rising accent above the first “a”. I’m no Greekling either, but I know enough to read Theta as “th” as in thin, and Tau as a “t”. The “a” would be as in “father”, I believe.

  19. Mary Ann says:

    Ah, another something new…we can now directly reply to comments people have made. That could be a little confusing at first as we have been trained to look for all the posts being placed chronologically?

  20. MLivingston says:

    Thank you! I so enjoy smart people!!

  21. J Kusske says:

    In Father Z’s school (or is that Academy?), we are all students. I’d never before run into the quote from Xenophon’s Anabasis, and I am glad to have the chance to learn!

  22. Will D. says:

    Oh, this is a huge improvement, Father. Much easier to read! Thank you.

  23. Benedict1078 says:

    I love the new layout and your header is awesome!
    I am happy to see that you are getting your blog back to normal.

  24. Jacob says:

    When I try to leave a comment in reply to someone else's comment, the box appears, but I'm not able to put my cursor in the box to type.  In the text box is the word 'null'.  Is anyone else having this problem?  Any suggestions or is this a WordPress issue?  I'm on Firefox 3.5.13.

  25. Salvatore_Giuseppe says:

    Not sure how hard it would be to do, but I liked how your old format had the posts differentiated from the rest of the background.  It made each one stick out better, where they all seem to run together with each other and with the side bar now.
    just my 2¢

  26. Stvsmith2009 says:

    Glad to see you are back and running well!!

  27. dtrumbull says:

    Anyone who heads a posting –in Greek no less– with a quotation from Xenophon's account of the ten thousand is my intellectual soul-mate.

  28. Iconophilios says:

    Thalatta; apparently, according to google translate, it is in English Thalassa.

  29. nhaggin says:

    For those interested, θαλαττα is the Attic spelling; it's spelled θαλασσα in most other dialects of Greek, including Koine and Modern Greek.

  30. Archicantor says:

    I couldn't help but notice that the new banner graphic includes a detail from a Missal (13th century?) giving the Collect and Epistle (Acts 3) for the Vigil Mass of SS. Peter and Paul (June 28).  I can think of various reasons why those texts would be appropriate for this blog…
    Praesta, quaesumus, omnipotens Deus: ut nullis nos permittas perturbationibus concuti; quos in apostolicae confessionis petra solidasti. Per Dominum nostrum…
    And as for the Epistle, it begins, "In those days, Peter and John went up into the temple at the ninth hour of prayer"!  Vincenzo has skills.

  31. PostCatholic says:

    A very nice enhancement. The improvements to the typography are especially nice.

  32. Agnes of Prague says:

    I’m in love with the new format! So clean!

  33. mcford1 says:

    In the days of our forefathers, when most students learned at least a smattering of Latin in high school, Julius Caesar’s “Gallic Wars” was the text of choice for teaching the language; it was well suited to this purpose because of Caesar’s elegant, yet straight-forward style. He wrote as an educated, yet no-nonsense soldier, and told of his astounding conquests in a very compelling fashion.

    In the days of our fore-grandfathers, however, many high school students also learned some ancient Greek. For this, the text of Xenophon’s Anabasis was used, for the same reasons as above. The March of the Ten Thousand, in about 2,400 B.C., is one of the greatest stories of adventure and survival in all of human history; yet sadly, because of its removal from the curriculum, it is virtually unknown today.

    Until, that is, Fr. Z resurrected that famous quote from its climactic scene. May long-dead Xenophon (who, like Aristotle and Seneca, was considered a “worthy pagan” by the ancient Church fathers) smile upon him.

  34. [24] ἐδόκει δὴ μεῖζόν τι εἶναι τῷ Ξενοφῶντι, καὶ ἀναβὰς ἐφ᾽ ἵππον καὶ Λύκιον καὶ τοὺς ἱππέας ἀναλαβὼν παρεβοήθει: καὶ τάχα δὴ ἀκούουσι βοώντων τῶν στρατιωτῶν θάλαττα θάλαττα καὶ παρεγγυώντων. ἔνθα δὴ ἔθεον πάντες καὶ οἱ ὀπισθοφύλακες, καὶ τὰ ὑποζύγια ἠλαύνετο καὶ οἱ ἵπποι.

  35. Sleepyhead says:

    Yeah, very nice new format Fr Z – thanks for your efforts. My suggestion concerns the background colour of pages – stark white is a bit hard on the eyes for a lot of reading. A less stark colour would be easier on the eyes eg #FFFFCC (R=255 G=255 B=204).

  36. Ed the Roman says:

    I hate Greek minuscule.

  37. Bryan Boyle says:

    As someone who’s been building websites since, oh, 1992…A big Huzzah, Father.

    I like the style. Crisp, clean, and a big improvement. St. Eligius is looking over your shoulder as you craft the next version…nice.

  38. St. Eligius? His feast was the other day. Is he good to invoke when search through lines of code?

  39. Bryan Boyle says:

    I am thinking it couldn’t hurt. Patron of artists and craftsmen, besides being the inspiration for a great TV show…

    I actually have a 3rd class relic of his that was given to me by my spiritual director (RIP) for my own inspiration when I was migrating from broadcasting to the IT business back in the 80s…

    Just a question though…how are those avatars for some folks showing up?

  40. Bryan:  I suspect they have included them in their profiles.

  41. Salvatore_Giuseppe says:

    With regards to the icon, I did nothing to get mine to show up, but the picture displayed is my Facebook profile picture.  So there must be some connection somehow?  I was suprised when I saw it, because I literally have not touched my profile for this site…

  42. It is great that your blog is a place on the internet to repeat a joke made by Ronald Knox. In the dispute between attic and doric greek, Knox was asked whether Xenophon said Thalatta or Thalassa. He answered "The latter"

  43. Fr. Finigan: I am glad I could lasso you into commenting!

    A blogger knows he has hit the big time, when His Hermeneuticalness himself comes to visit!

  44. UncleBlobb says:


  45. The Anabasis isn’t obscure! Sheesh, any 2nd grade girl crazy about horses who’s read Marguerite Henry’s White Stallion of Lipizza knows all about Xenophon. Ditto any mystery fan (the poison honey) and anybody who reads military science fiction (Anabasis retellings are almost as common as Belisarius do-overs).

  46. Suburban: The Anabasis is a ripping good yarn. And the Greek isn’t all that hard, compared to some other writers.

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