The name that we read, so to speak,— Armand D'Angour (@ArmandDAngour) July 12, 2018
Must surely be heard '@sentantiq'.
But I will confess
That it bothers me less
Than the way one reads Latin or Greek.
Are you in search of the ‘wisdom’ of the ancients, but don’t know where to begin? Are you looking for more than the locus classicus--do you long for the odd and the obscure as well?
Then you’ve come to the right place! Through this blog, and the accompanying Twitter feed (@sentantiq), we aim to bring you some of the most famous (and also most confounding) quotations from the ancient world. In addition, we also take pleasure in shining lights on some of the forgotten shelves and corners of classical heritage. You’ll find tidbits from the Archaic Age in Greece all the way through imperial Rome and up through the fall of Byzantium. By Jove, if there is something somewhat classically oriented later than that, you might find it too.
In the real world, we are teachers and compulsive readers. At times, we even dabble in some forms of scholarship as well (longer translations, commentaries etc.). So Sententiae Antiquae is something of a digital commonplace book, replicating all the delights and horrors of ancient authors like Aulus Gellius, Aelian, Macrobius and Philostratus. We are not saying we are anywhere near as good as these guys. But we do quote from them from time to time…
Please feel free to comment, question, share your own favorite quotations! We are always willing to widen the circle with additional correspondents, so feel free to email Erik Robinson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Joel Christensen (email@example.com).
@sentantiq is a national treasure.— Myke Cole (@MykeCole) March 16, 2019
We are always rethinking, expanding, or trashing our mission. Currently, we have two mottoes, one Greek, one Latin:
ΕΥΔΟΞΑ ΑΓΝΩΣΤΑ ΚΑΤΑΓΕΛΑΣΤΑ
GAUDIUM IN PRAECLARIS RISUS IN DETERRIMIS
For now, this says it all.
We have collected 10 years of our common tweets in the SA Facebook, available to download for free.
On some occasions, we end up in the news: The Hindu, BrandeisNow, The Daily Beast, Prospect Magazine, The Conversation, The New York Times linked to us once….even NPR got in the game along with NH Public Radio and Arnie Arneson (more than once), and WORT’s 8 O’Clock Buzz.
Scott Lepisto once put Joel on the Itinera podcast. Ok, he did it twice. See also an appearance in Ancient Rome Refocused to talk about frogs and mice and on the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama podcast to talk about Reading Greek Tragedy Online. (And we are on A Bit Lit
too!) See also this conversation in Kallion’s “Leading Thinkers” podcast, or these appearances to talk about The Many Minded Man with Cornell’s 1869 Podcast or Metalearn or this interview about Achilles on Ithaca Bound.
Interested in O Brother Where Art Thou? We talked about that with Movies We Dig!