Does anyone remember First & Second Year Latin texts
with Caecilius, who allegedly lived in Pompeii. I'm visiting
there this year, and the rememberance of the books and characters
is bugging me. Anyone have any copies?
I just did a quick Internet search (how sad is that ?) and found the following amazing site :
www.caecilius.com . It's true, and it even has a bust of the Mons. on the home page. Any of you who still hanker after Caeciliusabelia will find plenty there. Those of you after saucy poems will also find lots of stuff from Catullus too !
Never mind Caecilius, what about all those saucy poems introduced during the O'Level syllabus. The extended allegory about the author's 'sparrow' being dead, having once loved to be fondled by his mistress, sticks in the mind. Also the lines translated by Gobbo as 'The words spoken by a woman in the heat of orgasm should be written in the flowing waves and the roaring wind' - how very true. To this day I don't know if the poems really were so saucy or it was all in the mind of Mr Thorpe.
No, I don't have any copies but I do remember them even right up to the green ones we had in Third Year. The one called 'Pax' led to the inevitable vocabulary based inquiry by Tony Wood, 'Sir, is 'tam' in 'pax'?' which, of course, led to his equally inevitable removal by Gobbo.
I still remember the day I found out the Caecilius meant Cecil. Suddenly he didn't seem quite as manly as he bossed around Quintus, his son and was it Rufio, the cook?
Those books went out with the Romans
[Est mihi placetna tibi ]
Caecilius est in triclinio.
I have found an equally entertaining Oxford Latin Course series by Maurice Balme & James Morwood which is just as entertaiing ....
Vitam narramus Quinti Horati Flacci, lector, attende et fabuka gaude
The main character is Quintus whose wife is Scintilla & he has a daughter called Horatia who is a real dog or should I say cana?
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