IT’S HILARIOUS HOW WE TAKE SHIT SERIOUSLY JUST BECAUSE IT’S WRITTEN IN LATIN OR GREEK WHEN CATULLUS WAS BASICALLY THE TAYLOR SWIFT OF HIS TIME AND VERGIL WAS JUST SOME DUDE WHO WROTE AN EPIC LONGFIC OF THE ODYSSEY WITH A SELF-INSERT PROTAGONIST AND PLATO WAS LIKE… THAT ANNOYING DUDE RANTING ON THE SUBWAY PLATFORM
I’M NOT SAYING WE SHOULD RESPECT THE ANCIENTS LESS, I’M SAYING WE SHOULD RESPECT THE MODERNS MORE
LET’S NOT FORGET DANTE. HE WROTE SELF-INSERT VIRGIL/BIBLE FANFIC WITH ALL HIS ENEMIES IN VARIOUS RUNGS OF HELL.
HOW ABOUT PARADISO WHERE THE WOMAN DANTE WAS STALKING LED HIM THROUGH HEAVEN LOLOLOLOL
the original post makes me—and anyone that knows anything about Latin poetry—incredibly angry
OP here. i’ve got five years of academic study of latin poetry and prose under my belt. i’m about as close to fluency in latin as you can get, and have a working knowledge of ancient greek.
works i have read in the original: six books of vergil’s aeneid; selections from ovid’s metamorphoses; a substantial portion of catullus’ oeuvre; snippets of livy, sallust, cicero, plato, and homer.
i’d say i know a fucking lot about latin poetry.
do you want to turn this into an academic argument? ok, i’ll bite. give me a fucking essay on what makes catullus objectively superior to taylor swift. (as i recall, they’re both quite vituperative toward their exes.) the aeneid is a fucking masterpiece, and it’s also a work of fanfiction. as in, it’s a spinoff of homer’s iliad and odyssey, taking a very minor character and making him the focal point of the story.
fight me. let’s go.
I actually know nothing about Greek or Latin poetry, but this just made my day.