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Can someone help me understand what a "proper woman" is?

Why is the National Latin Exam framing a simple question about clothing in such a regressive way? Even Johnston's Lives of the Romans from 1903 doesn't discuss clothing like this. @NatLatinExam
@NatLatinExam This question was on the Latin III-IV exam that same year (2018).

Of all the literature available, NLE chooses this creepily decontextualized phrase from Martial? In the original, "puella" is referring to a PET DOG. The "nescio" was added by NLE.
@NatLatinExam WHY IS THIS EXAM AN OPTION FOR THE SEAL OF BILITERACY? Sorry for yelling, but this is a contest, not an exam-- which is evident through the quality of the questions. Even as a contest, it is inexcusable. #ClassicsTwitter
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Paideia's statement today was shameful. It seems the Board is corroborating the content of the @Libertinopatren letter, but has chosen to frame oppression as the hurt feelings of sensitive people. 1/
The problems at Paideia pervade the field, and it is a big red flag that the board lacks the language, concern, and/or insight to describe their failings. This is not a simple HR problem or a customer service problem. 2/
This letter absolved Paideia of responsibility for institutional failures and frames oppression and abuse of power as hurt feelings. This statement provides cover for oppression by centering the feelings of the oppressed over the cause of the oppression (the organization). 3/
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#ClassicsTwitter #Homerists #Authors Lend me your ear:

Dudes, and I do mean dudes:

You shouldn't write about Homer and ignore scholarship by women.

You must not write on women in Homer and ignore or marginalize scholarship by women
If you write about the marginalization of women in Homer and you marginalize women who write about homer, then you have performed the same action as the Homeric tradition but even worse because you are writing about it.
Here's a non exhaustive list of women who have written great things about Homer and women in Homer

Lillian Doherty
Sheila Murnaghan
Patricia Marquardt
Helene Foley
Cristina Franco
Melissa Mueller
Ann Bergren
Marilyn Katz
Jenny Strauss Clay
Barbara Clayton
Laura Slatkin
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The National Junior Classical League has a song! And, yes, this is real.

"In Rome's proud steps we're marching on with our every true colleague!"

Who is a "true colleague" ?
Why are we marching?


Many Latin teachers are expected-- even required-- to sponsor JCL clubs. And this is the club's song?

To be clear, this is the current song, not a really old from the archives

"Searching the realms of the golden past/ We follow the classics' truths that last" Golden past? 1
If you missed my other thread, JCL also has a creed. Apparently we "covenant to hand on the torch of classical civilization to the modern world." 2/
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Hey, #ClassicsTwitter, including @apistone, and other experts in sympotic culture. What's with εωλοκρασία? I get that it's the left over dregs etc. But I can't figure out what LSJ's going on about with "dosing" of the drunken?… 1/3
I've chased down a lot of the appearances in TLG, (including the reference to didymos' etymology and interpretation) but in my quick skims I'm not finding much that explains why "pouring dregs over someone" is a resonant metaphor. 2/3
Is this just pouring lees on the drunk as a "punishment" for passing out etc? The equivalent of the sharpie to the forehead (or worse)?

I guess I'm just surprised I've never really heard of this before as part of symposia. (Unlike kottabos, etc. which I love teaching about)
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For the past week or so, I have been searching through the History of Middle Earth for more information about Balrogs. Specifically, I want to know what they look like. The description in the Lord of the Rings is pretty vague #Tolkien #ClassicsTwitter (1/x)
In The Fellowship of the Ring, the Balrog is described as “a dark form, of man-shape maybe, yet greater” (321). And yet this creature has some animalistic traits, including a “streaming mane” (321), pretty vague. #Tolkien #ClassicsTwitter (2/x)
I am especially curious as to whether a Balrog could resemble a bull in any way--the depiction in the movies with the tail and the horns definitely suggests it (see pic below) and Balrog kind of sounds like bull... #Tolkien #ClassicsTwitter (3/x)
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"Kinda romantic actually?" Is not the question to ask about Daphne & Apollo. Sexual violence is not romantic. Not in real life. Not in myth. Educators need to teach these myths accurately & stop sanitizing rape.

THREAD #MeToo #ClassicsTwitter

The 2017 National Latin Exam (for Latin II) summarized this text with "A beautiful nymph reacts to being pursued by a god." Sounds like a plot line to a Harlequin romance book. Too bad THIS IS NOT A LOVE SONG (to quote the song from the post-punk band in the first tweet) 1/
From this same exam, "What did Apollo want to do?" The answer is C, marry Daphne. In another section, Daphne's abject panic is reduced to "not wanting to be his wife" & then described quaintly as a "display of feelings." Those silly women & their displays of feelings, amirite? 2/
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i have obtained access through undisclosed means to a stream of the zizek/peterson debate, and i will watch and comment on it as a severe mortification of both soul and body on this solemn day of penance
the fact that there appears to be v basic classical music playing in the background is appropriate, because much like a classical music performance this thing is absolutely not starting on time
best friend is with me and got hit in the head with a boom while sailing to day. quoth he: "i love how i possibly got a traumatic brain injury and now i'm exposing myself to another traumatic brain injury"
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Okay, we need to have a chat about Roman portraiture. My feed is now full of horrifying #Nero reconstructions and I highly suggest that you don't look directly into his eyes because he might steal your soul. Thanks to @p_historians and @Lindsay_Powell for photos.
First off, what I shall henceforth refer to as The Interpretation, side by side with the marble portrait it was apparently heavily based on. All credit for THAT to Césares de Roma. The bust is in the Capitoline. Nero did not look like this and here's why: #classicstwitter
If you look carefully at the bust, you'll notice some pretty obvious discoloration. That's because EVERYTHING except for the eyes, nose, and fringe of hair along the forehead is a 17th century restoration. IT IS NOT ANCIENT.
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#ClassicsTwitter: Some arcane stuff I'm interested in: Aristotle fr. 611.39 Rose, on the constitution of Aiolian Kyme, says that a man of good repute, Pheidon, gave more people a share in the constitution through a law whereby each person had to be able to rear a horse /1
...while another man, Prometheus, "a man of action" (drasterios) and good at speaking handed over the constitution to a thousand people. /2
Φείδων ἀνὴρ δόκιμος πλείοσι μετέδωκε τῆς πολιτείας νόμον θεὶς ἕκαστον ἐπάναγκες τρέφειν ἵππον. Προμηθεὺς δέ τις ἀνὴρ δραστήριος καὶ ἱκανὸς εἰπεῖν χιλίοις παρέδωκε τὴν πολιτείαν. /3
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Welcome to the live tweet of this week's meeting, led by @rympasco, where we will discuss Erik Robinson's "'The Slaves were Happy': High School Latin and the Horrors of Classical Studies" for Eidolon, as well as a @splcenter article, "Teaching Hard History."
Robinson's article can be found from @eidolon_journal here:
The @splcenter article is on their website, here:
@rympasco begins by addressing Robinson's article, asking us to think about potential issues about how Latin is taught now, how we would teach ancient slavery generally, what our emphasis would be, and what's at stake.
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Welcome to Hestia's weekly live tweet! This week's discussion, led by @ala_Camillae, will look into @IndwellingLang 's @eidolon_journal article "Teaching Latin to Humans," as well as @MagisterBracey 's "Why Students of Color Don't Take Latin." #langchat #teachancient
We begin with discussion on Bracey's article. @ala_Camillae notes that both articles come from the school of thought of Comprehensible Input (CI) and Second Language Acquisition (SLA).
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Inspired by @DLibatique10’s thread on being a teacher of color in the Classics:
A thread about being a student of color in the Classics and how the field has helped me accept who I am. A story about embracing my identity as a Chinese-American. #ClassicsTwitter (1/26)
I was born with a Chinese name. My parents named me Hui. “Huay” is how I say it in English. It’s the closest most people get to the original Mandarin pronunciation. You can imagine how often I've heard people struggle with my name as I was growing up in Boston. (2/26)
Many of my classmates and teachers had trouble pronouncing Hui. I remember how the other students would often laugh at me every time the teacher said my name wrong in elementary school. I became very self-conscious about who I was afterward. (3/26)
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A thread about understanding my role as a teacher of color in the discipline of #Classics through some unexpected but very welcome and engaging one-on-one conversations with students today. #ClassicsTwitter #TeachAncient 1/
Today is the first (and probably last) Sunday for me in Worcester this semester, so I decided to spend the day on campus to get some work done. I extended an invitation to my students in #CLAS102 to come visit me in my office since their first papers are due this Tuesday. 2/
I was surprised to have four students take me up on my offer, but glad for it, as I love talking with students one on one, hearing their ideas, helping them strengthen arguments, etc. I hope to have more one on one meetings as the semester progresses. 3/
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Introducing #ClassicalZooarchaeology
This is my 1st thread highlighting how animal bones can answer important questions in the ancient Mediterranean
#Zooarchaeology is often thought of as a niche study, but it relates to traditional forms of evidence
#scicomm #humanities
When we think of #Classics, ancient texts are often prioritized. Animals were an important topic for ancient authors
For example, according to the TLG the lemma hippos (horse) is the 13th most common term in Homer’s Iliad (417 mentions). Horses were important to epic warfare
It’s no surprise that animals – especially plow oxen – are important to Hesiod’s agricultural poem Works and Days
But texts don’t tell the whole picture about #AncientAnimals
Pigs are only mentioned once in Hesiod: boars should be castrated on the 8th day of the month (WD 790)
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