according to the Roman satirist Lucilius, the stern politician Marcus Crassus (nicknamed “Laughless”) only laughed once in his life

he was watching a donkey eat thistles, and he chuckled, “Thistles are like lettuce to a donkey”

achillesofficial:

ive missed Greek

achillesofficial:

ive missed Greek

(via fuckingromans)

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oupacademic:

As it’s National Library Week, we thought we’d have a little root around in our Out Of Print Library in Oxford to see if we could find an old bookish treasure that our library is keeping safe. And look! What a cover! This is our 1962 edition (we believe) of The Histories of Herodotus of Halicarnassus, translated by Harry Carter. Mega swoon.

oupacademic:

As it’s National Library Week, we thought we’d have a little root around in our Out Of Print Library in Oxford to see if we could find an old bookish treasure that our library is keeping safe. And look! What a cover! This is our 1962 edition (we believe) of The Histories of Herodotus of Halicarnassus, translated by Harry Carter. Mega swoon.

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"And once sent out a word takes wing beyond recall."

Horace 65–8 bc, Roman poet. (via oupacademic)

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scenes from the ongoing — and rightfully controversial — comparison of America and Rome

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likeavirgil:

am I alone in not quite understanding how Trojan Brand Condoms got their name?

did the ad people get to the part of the story where the Trojans let in what they thought was a v safe gift and then surprise it burst open and a bunch of men came out and burned down the whole city

one of their early ads literally alludes to Aeneid 2.49 and the Trojan Horse, but??

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am I alone in not quite understanding how Trojan Brand Condoms got their name?

did the ad people get to the part of the story where the Trojans let in what they thought was a v safe gift and then surprise it burst open and a bunch of men came out and burned down the whole city

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