Dust & Shadow

“Pulvis et umbra sumus”

— We are but dust and shadow.

Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.”

Ode I, 5: To Pyrrha

What slender youth, bedew’d with liquid odors,
Courts thee on roses in some pleasant cave,
Pyrrha? For whom bind’st thou
In wreaths thy golden hair,
Plain in thy neatness? O how oft shall he
Of faith and changed gods complain, and seas
Rough with black winds, and storms
Unwonted shall admire!
Who now enjoys thee credulous, all gold,
Who, always vacant, always amiable
Hopes thee; of flattering gales
Unmindful. Hapless they
To whom thou untried seem’st fair. Me, in my vow’d
Picture, the sacred wall declares t’have hung
My dank and dropping weeds
To the stern god of sea.

— Translated by John Milton

^ Horace’s “Ode to Pyrrha” can be interpreted in many ways… Read more about the life and works of Horace, including some pretty detailed literary analysis of the ode above:


📺 ‘Plebs’

I watch while I wait

Plebs — an English television comedy series — makes amusing use of anachronistically modern parlance and concepts in the historical setting of Ancient Rome.

It began broadcasting in March 2013 and is based on residents of Rome living around two millennia ago — in that era, ‘plebs’ were ordinary non-patrician citizens;* they weren’t slaves; they weren’t aristocrats — it is currently in its fifth season I do think.

The show’s format has been compared to Blackadder. Oh me and Manfred we did watch that together entwined as one; hidden away were we: hidden away in plain sight, hidden away in broad daylight.

When in Rome…

❱❱  Mary-en-tall
❱❱  Lend me your eyes
❱❱  📙 I, Claudius
❱❱  Gaius Catullus

…do as the Romans do

Oh and, what’s on the box baby Jay-be-mine-again ?!¡!?

* As Wikipedia say: “The patricians (from Latin: patricius) were originally a group of ruling class families in ancient Rome. The distinction was highly significant in the Roman Kingdom, and the early Republic, but its relevance waned after the Conflict of the Orders (494 BC to 287 BC), and by the time of the late Republic and Empire, membership in the patriciate was of only nominal significance.”

Something belonging to a period other than that being portrayed. / Belonging or appropriate to an earlier period. — “Julie is rebelling against the anachronistic morality of her parents.”

A particular way of speaking or using words, especially a way common to those with a particular job or interest. — “Words such as ‘doolally’ and ‘bint’ and ‘shufti’ that were once in common parlance.”

The direct vote of all the members of an electorate on an important public question such as a change in the constitution. — “The administration will hold a plebiscite for the approval of constitutional reforms.”