Learning Ancient Greek as a Spoken Language

I have been meaning ever since I got back from SBL to blog about some fantastic books that have been published by the Conversational Koine Institute and GlossaHouse. But then I saw these: One of the most impressive items that I saw at SBL this year, and purchased there, is their Speak Koine Greek: A Conversational [Read More…]

How Ancient Latin Sounded (And How We Know)

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Awful/Office Christmas Pun

Did you get it? If not, here is the explanation… GLORIA IN EXCEL SHEETS! (as in “in Excel sheets Deo”…)     [Read more…]

Yolamus

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Lexidion Codicis Nasaraei

I had the privilege of visiting the rare books room at Christian Theological Seminary yesterday. One item that caught my eye is the one I took a photo of above, Matthias Norberg’s Lexidion Codicis Nasaraei. It is a dictionary of the words in the Ginza Rba (Great Treasure), the principal sacred text of the Mandaeans. [Read More…]

10 Amazing Reasons to Buzzfeedify Your Syllabus

Beloit has released its annual mindset list, about the things that this year’s incoming freshmen take for granted (HT Inside Higher Ed). #2 (that’s “hashtag two” for you old-timers) is particularly interesting for educators: “Since they binge-watch their favorite TV shows, they might like to binge-watch the video portions of their courses too.” I’m giving [Read More…]

Rudolphus

Via N.S.Gill, I learned that the blog Gaudium Mundo some years ago offered a Latin holiday song for every day of December. First up was Rudolphus: Click through for several different versions of the lyrics. In case you are wondering, no, I do not intend to share all of them! [Read more…]

Just Following the Bible

Stuff Fundies Like posted the following gem: I just follow the Bible. I just follow the obvious meanings of a 400 year old translation of a document written originally in languages I don’t speak, influenced heavily by cultures I don’t begin to understand, and by people who I mistakenly assume looked, acted, thought and dressed [Read More…]

Performing Ancient Texts in the Original Languages

My colleague Chris Bungard is one of the performers (the first you see) in the above video, which was made as part of an NEH Summer Institute: Roman Comedy in Performance. It got me thinking. Has anyone done something similar with Biblical texts, acting out and narrating stories in the original languages? [Read more…]

Amor Tollit Timorem

If you have not yet discovered the Bestiaria Latina blog, you should. In addition to the Latin LOLcat, it also regularly features trilingual gifs of Biblical iconography.   [Read more…]