Home Page of John R. Porter
- Includes: the Greek lyric poets (selections), Solon, Theognis, Aeschylus' Persians,, Thucydides, Polybius, Catullus, the Res Gestae of Augustus, Vergil, and Ovid.
- Links to images of the ancient stage and to other theater-related resources available on various sites on the WWW:
A Latin Reader for Students
Very much a work in progress. I am in the process of building up a repertoire of texts to employ in my teaching: some of these will not be fully proofread and evaluated until I have had a chance to actually put them to use.
- Plautus' Asinaria: A Grammatical Commentary for Students
A detailed commentary, with text, an introduction to various background matters (themes, staging, diction, metrical matters, etc.), a mini-grammar/list of figures of speech, and a glossary. Very much a work in progress!
- Funerary Stele of Aurelius Hermia and his Wife Aurelia Philematium (CIL I2.1221)
Well-known funeral monument celebrating the happy marriage of a pair of former slaves.
- Lucretius on Prostitutes, Procreation, and Roman Marriage (De Rerum Natura 4.1263-87)
- The Siege of Perusia (CIL XI.6721)
A sampling of sling-bullets employed in Octavian's brutal siege of Perusia whose inscriptions carry an extra bite.
- Tomb of Publius Vesonius Phileros (PN 1983 23 OS)
An interesting memorial with a pair of relatively straightforward inscriptions that tell a complex tale of friendship, betrayal, and revenge reaching to the very grave.
- The Widow of Ephesus (Petronius, Satyricon 110.6-113.4)
The Latin text of Petronius' influential tale, with vocabulary, grammatical commentary, English translation, bibliography, and relevant links.
- A Sampling of Graffiti and Other Public and Semi-Public Texts from Pompeii and Herculaneum
- Funeral Monument of L. Calidius Eroticus and Fannia Voluptas (CIL IX.2689)
"A traveler, an innkeeper, and a mule walk into a bar …": grammatical commentary on a much discussed memorial.
- Selections from Martial, Books 1 and 2
The name says it all!
- Martial 11.104: Uxor, vade foras aut moribus utere nostris
Grammatical commentary on a poem by Martial that humorously inverts the traditional Roman discourse on the dutiful wife. [Note: the subject matter of this poem, and the attendant illustrations, might not be for everyone!]
- Harrius Potter
- Short Latin Grammar
Discusses many of the terms and constructions cited in the commentaries.
- A collection of eight fictional first-person accounts from the standpoint of one of the characters in Homer's Iliad, or a character of the author's own invention. These pieces are designed to elicit insights into Homer's poem by developing alternate perspectives into the world of the Iliad, particularly its characters, values, and social structures. Composed by students in CMRS 110. Available via iTunes or in pdf.
- Program information for a conference on the ancient stage held in Saskatoon on 22-25 October, 1997. Includes abstracts and information on the conference proceedings, which appeared in Syllecta Classica vol. 10 (1999).
- Informal reviews of scholarly works, dramatic productions, historical fictions, and the like.
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