Tuesday, November 14, 2006
In the 60's A.D., during the reign of Nero, Baebius Italicus translated Homer's Greek epic, the Iliad, into Latin. Aptly titled Ilias Latina, the work of Italicus reduced nearly 16,000 lines of Greek poetry to 1070 lines of Latin hexameters. The result was a work that would keep the Trojan War saga alive throughout the Middle Ages when the Homeric text was unknown. The Ilias Latina finds its way into required reading lists for students throughout the Medieval period, but with the rediscovery of Homer, it fell into obscurity. My new translation, Achilles in Rome: The Latin Iliad of Baebius Italicus, provides an English rendering on facing pages with the Latin text. It is available through my storefront with the publisher, http://www.lulu.com/perx2.
In October my novel, A Father's Footsteps, was released. It is a story of self-discovery, not to mention a lot of golf. The reason I am mentioning it here is that it does feature some Latin and references to Latin teachers. It is available through http://www.amazon.com and through my storefront at the publisher, http://www.lulu.com/perx2.