For the Latinists… amusement opportunity alert!

Those of you who read Latin could find some respite from the heat of the day by stepping with Fr. Hunwicke into the cool of the Ashmolean for a chat with the great Legislator, Pope Lambertini aka Benedict XIV, of happy memory.  Fr. H occasionally has recourse to this great successor of the original Fisherman.

They have a chat about another, Latin American, Pope.

It will help you Latinists with less Greek to know that “andra polytropous” is a reference to the first line of the Odyssey describing that work’s hero.  And the Hesiod quotation might make you snort your coffee, so put down the B14 mug before reading.

I can’t but agree that having Menander’s take on events current, past and future would be cathartic.  A meander with Menander in the Amazon.

Benedict XIV swag is available.  HERE

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  1. Filiolus says:

    I can’t wait to read Mendaciunculi Laetitia.

  2. The Masked Chicken says:

    I just had a horrible thought. In this day of Google Translate and artificial intelligence, after The Singularity, will we see the rise of the Google Mass?

  3. robtbrown says:

    Meander is also Greek. With that opening, I’ll refer to the new PM Boris Johnson, who studied the classics ar Oxford. Here he is reciting the Iliad.

  4. Dear Chicken:

    the Google Mass

    Firstly, I must ask: Do you not have enough to do, so that you have time to think these things up?
    Also, I believe we already had something like that until 2011.

  5. The Masked Chicken says:

    Well, if I think them up, it one less thought that someone else has to have :) My goal is to eliminate all of the bad thoughts in the world by having them first…wait, there’s a flaw in that plan, somewhere.
    I suppose if I were in Europe I could blame heat stroke (I’ve heard it is unbearable).

    For what it’s worth, Fr. Hunwicke’s story is still largely untranslatable by Google.

  6. The Masked Chicken says:

    I would like to apologize for my two comments, above. They distracted from the topic of the post and weren’t very thoughtful nor entertaining.

    The Chicken

    [On the contrary. I was amused and, given that this is my blog, that counts.]

    Fr. Z's Gold Star Award

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