“As soon as the opportunity arrives, give yourself over to your studies or to leisure”
ut primum fuerit occasio, relinque teque studiis vel otio trade
Pliny Letters, 1.9
Way back in 2014, Erik and I sat down to read the Commentary to the Iliad by Eustathius, the Archbishop of Thessaloniki, and before reading more than a few words, we ended up starting on the Homeric Batrakhomuomakhia.
Anyone who knows either of us or who spends time in our classes would not find this all that surprising–we (and especially I) tend to leap from topic to topic with fury and swoon under the emotional influence of texts and languages both living and dead. At the time, Erik was thinking about teaching high school and I was moving into my post-tenure malaise.
We got to know each other a few years before. I used to have students read Greek with…
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