January 26, 2015

Who needs a classicist? (Installment 3)

Alright, I know I've been remiss in posting... anything.  But the spring semester started on January 6 (yes, really! I don't know why it's that stupidly early), which left me pretty much zero time between semesters to plan for my courses, particularly given the kiddos' daycare/school was closed at the same time.  At some point, I will dig myself out of the insanity of the start of the semester--oh wait, my teaching classroom flooded last week, so it might be a while--but until then, here's a quick installment of the occasional series "Who needs a classicist?"

First up, from The Atlantic (Dec 2014, p. 22):

Oh no, that's... that's not Greek.
I mean, it is an ancient Greek aphorism in origin, but the Greek is γνῶθι σεαυτόν.  This is the Latin translation.

And next, Slate's culture blog (along with a host of other media outlets) covers a movie I have never heard of, the J-Lo vehicle The Boy Next Door.  J-Lo stars as a high school teacher of classics, and her titular paramour apparently gives her a copy of the Iliad, to which she responds, "Oh, a first edition!" Unfortunately, I can't find a clip of that.  More unfortunately, I watched a trailer for the movie and it looks... wow, yeah.

There you have it.  The Atlantic and whoever wrote The Boy Next Door need a classicist. (Maybe they should hire Arum Park, since she pointed both of these out to me!)


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