ταῦτα μὲν τὰ περὶ  Ἰταλὶαν γενόμενα.

Because the proximity of the Crypta Romana to the Antro della Sibilla, and the possibility that Vergil alludes to it in his description of the entrance to the Underworld (he mentions a tunnel before the sacrafice scene that opens up the underworld; it could be interpreted as though Aeneas and the Sibyl anachronistically descended to […]

I spent the second day studying just the Antro della Sibilla, the Cave of the Sibyl. Here’s some background information on the cave. The passage, called a dromos, was cut sometime around the 6th or 5th centuries BCE (just for fun, most scholars like to give conflicting accounts), and its trapezoidal shape is reminiscent of […]

I know I said that I would post my results from each day (12/21-23/2008), but my hostel lied about having internet access, and I couldn’t find an internet cafe. As a result, I wrote everything up by hand and never really organized it, so now is my opportunity to do so. Here’s the basic synopsis: […]

The End?

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Ten minutes ago, I handed in my final exam. My choice of two out of six possible essays, covering two different themes that both spanned from 8 BCE to 5 CE: complete. How does a semester of travel, learning, claustrophobia, bonding, loneliness, friendship, loving and hating everything, turbulence, loss, stress, deadlines, failures, and growth end […]

Nearing the End

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I’m in the middle of my Thucydides essay right now. It’s the fourth essay I’ve written in a week, so naturally the quality isn’t what it could be. I never made it to Venice because the Art History midterm got moved up to Monday. There’s supposed to be major flooding there right now. I might […]

The world is wide, the time goes by; the tour is over, I’d survived

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Although I have two essays to finish today, I need to take a break right now. This week, it began. As I was walking down the road out of Ostia, I realized that it was the last time I would be there. Since that moment, the realization that there are only two weeks left has […]

The Triumph of ‘Tune’ (Not really, I just like the semi-alliteration…)

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Today I found out that the paper I wrote on the pronoun form tune in Vergil’s Aeneid got accepted at a conference. Everyone who put up with me stressing about it when I was still working on it earlier this semester was really nice about it. As for me, I’m excited, but really nervous. I […]

Sanctuary

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Quaedam: How are you? me: Fine. Quaedam: Are you lying? me: Yes. Quaedam: Do you want to talk about it? me: No. Quaedam: Are you going to be okay? me: Of course. Quaedam: If you want to talk, I’m here. … It’s happened about three times before, but, last Thursday, it ended differently. I’m not […]

My Blaqk Audio shirt is gone, a good friend of mine has been sick, and my dog is dead. There, I just put all the negativity right out there. My favorite shirt? No idea where it went MIA, but it never resurfaced after Sicily and Germany. My friend in Germany doesn’t have it. Considering that […]

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