Have you ever noticed that, if something really frightening happens, no matter how long ago, you can remember every detail as if it happened yesterday? That\'s the way Aeneas remembers the last day of Troy before the Greeks destroyed it. Aeneas\' story in Book II falls into three basic parts. First, he describes how the Greeks tricked the Trojans into letting them into the city. Second, he describes the desperate final battle to save Troy. Fina ... mehr
Aeneas has just finished his sad story about the fall of Troy. He pauses for breath and perhaps sips some wine. Dido wipes the tears from her eyes. The Trojans gaze at the flickering torches, remembering the past.
Then Aeneas begins to talk again. In Book III he describes how he and the Trojans have been searching for a place to live, for the seven years since the day Troy fell to the storm that blew them to Carthage. Have you ever had a bad ... mehr
Have you ever had a crush on someone? Who knows why it happens, but one day you meet someone special and the next thing you know you\'re lying awake at night thinking about him or her. Everything else begins to bore you. You can only think of one person. That\'s how Dido feels when Aeneas finishes his story.
Soft fire consumes the marrow-bones, the silent
Wound grows, deep in the heart.
Unhappy Dido burns, and wanders, burning,
All ... mehr
Book V gives you a break from the tragedy and difficult moral questions of Book IV. The Trojans return to Drepanum, the place in Sicily where Aeneas\' father Anchises had died. When they arrive, the king of Sicily, Acestes, is already on the beach to welcome them with wine and food. Aeneas pays his respects at his father\'s tomb, and he tells his people that it is exactly a year since Anchises died. Instead of mourning anymore, he suggests that ... mehr
Have you ever had an experience that changed you, changed the kind of person you were? Sometimes, something very sad or shocking can do that to you. Sometimes, it can be something beautiful and simple like the first really warm day in spring. Whatever does it, one day you wake up and have a whole new outlook on life. You understand something about yourself or about what you want out of life that you never realized before.
That\'s what happen ... mehr
After Aeneas returns from the underworld, he and his men sail a little way up the coast of Italy until they get to the mouth of the Tiber (the river that Rome is built along). The banks of the river are grassy and cool, and they settle down to eat a frugal meal of wild fruit, which they put on \"tables\" of hardtack--unleavened bread, made in large wafers. They are so hungry they break the hardtack and eat it too, and Aeneas realizes that this ... mehr
If you were Aeneas what would you do now? You might be tempted to jump in your boat and try somewhere else--some place a little less hostile. Aeneas is worried and paces by the riverbank. The odds are against him. Turnus has many more men than he does. But then Tiber, the god of the river, speaks to him and reassures him that the Trojans do belong in Latium, and that Ascanius will build a city there, in thirty years, and name it Alba Longa. The ... mehr
You can imagine what Turnus does while Aeneas looks for allies. He attacks the Trojans, of course.
Turnus is the star of Book IX. He\'s handsome, brave, even funny at times. He\'s fighting to defend his country against foreign invaders. Wouldn\'t you do the same? But wasn\'t Turnus supposed to be a villain? How come Virgil makes him look so good? That\'s one of the reasons the Aeneid is such a great story. Virgil didn\'t just write a fairy t ... mehr
Book X describes the ferocious battle between the Trojans and the Italians. (The Italians are all the people fighting the Trojans, including the Rutulians, the Latins, and their allies.) It\'s one of the best war stories you\'ll ever read, full of action and suspense. There are scenes of bravery and loyalty, cowardice and cruelty. Virgil shows you both the heroic side of war and its terrible brutality.
When the Book opens, Jupiter has summon ... mehr
The dead, both Trojan and Italian, are scattered all over the fields. The women wail over the bodies of their husbands and sons. Everywhere smoke rises from the funeral pyres. In Book X, we saw the violence and sometimes the glory of war. In Book XI, Virgil shows the terrible sorrow and waste war leaves behind.
The Latin people are beginning to doubt that this war is a very good idea after all. They send a delegation to Aeneas to ask for a t ... mehr
Everything you\'ve been reading and thinking about comes together in Book XII, which contains the climax of the Aeneid. All the major themes are found here: fate and the gods, the effect of uncontrolled anger, the kind of person Aeneas is, the kind of nation Rome will be.
Do you think it\'s ever right to kill someone? If you\'re a pacifist, you don\'t think it\'s ever right and you\'ve probably been rather disturbed by all the violence neede ... mehr
In general it was a military conflict (1861-1865) between the United States of America (the Union) and 11 secessionist Southern states, organized as the Confederate States of America (the Confederacy). In the South, the conflict is also known as the War Between the States.
The Civil War was the culmination of four decades of intense sectional conflict and reflected deep-seated economic, social, and political differences between the North ... mehr
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-software mogul (whose) company in Redmond almost complete control worlds computer market
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-however facts Bill G. cannot ... mehr
- Anabaptist movement in the early 16th century
- After 1536: They are called the \"Mennonites\", because of the leadership of Menno Simons
- 1693 the Amish are founded by Jacob Amman
- Early 18th century: first amish settlers in Pennsylvania
- Today live approximately 150 000 Amish people in 22 states of the USA and Ontario, Canada
- Best known amish community in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Amish way of life:
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Read the introduction to this translation. Some of the references to modernculture have dated since 1957, but it is still interesting and useful. WhatHumphries does not make clear is that these originally rather frivolous poems hada momentous influence on later European civilization. It was not only Chaucer whoread Ovid\'s love poetry; every educated person with the slightest interest in thesubject did so. Unfortunately much of his humor was lost ... mehr
Ovid\'s contemporary Virgil had begun his mostfamous poem, the Aeneid, with the line \"Arms and the man Ising.\" These elegies are written in lines shorter by one foot than thehexameters that are used for more solemn epic works like the Aeneid.
Minerva (Greek Athena) is the goddess of wisdom, not normallymixed up with the love-goddess Venus. Ceres is thegrain-goddess, Diana the huntress of the forests. Apollo is the god of peaceful arts ... mehr
This is one of Ovid\'s cynical celebrations of adultery as a harmless game. Inthe Middle Ages adultery was to become transformed into a quasi-religious ritual,very different from this, but often involving the same complications.
Bagoasis the slave employed by Ovid\'s mistress\' husband to guard over her. Ovidthreatens and cajoles him in an attempt to have some \"harmless\" funwith the wife. This list of instructions may be compared wit ... mehr
This is a wonderfully livelyportrait of a day at the races by a man who would rather look at women thanhorses. This translation is particularly colloquial, with many modern touches notstrictly faithful to the original; but the spirit is captured vividly.
Pelopswon the hand of the Princess Hippodameia by cheating in a chariot race,sabotaging his rival\'s vehicle. He thinks his girlfriend mayhave prettier legs than even the beautiful Ata ... mehr
The Art of Love uses the same impudent, witty tone that pervadesmuch of the Loves, but without their anguish. It had enormousinfluence in the Middle Ages, when it was studied seriously as a source on thetrue nature of love, but was also often considered scandalous.
\"Car\" in this translation means \"chariot.\" The word\"car\" existed in English for horse-drawn vehicles long before theinvention of automobiles.
Automedon was Achilles\' c ... mehr
Oscar Wilde's 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol' stands in the tradition of the British Literary Ballad. This section will show how this genre developed, points out its influence on British authors and takes a closer look on the topic of crime and criminals.
1.1 The word "ballad" and its most important traditions
Today, a ballad is a poem in which "the story is presented in a series of short, rhymed stanzas and, on the whole, in simple, s ... mehr