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Old 01-02-2018, 05:16 PM   #1051
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The Aeneid by Virgil

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The Aeneid (/ɪˈniːɪd/; Latin: Aeneis [ae̯ˈneːɪs]) is a Latin epic poem, written by Virgil between 29 and 19 BC,[1] that tells the legendary story of Aeneas, a Trojan who travelled to Italy, where he became the ancestor of the Romans. It comprises 9,896 lines in dactylic hexameter.[2] The first six of the poem's twelve books tell the story of Aeneas's wanderings from Troy to Italy, and the poem's second half tells of the Trojans' ultimately victorious war upon the Latins, under whose name Aeneas and his Trojan followers are destined to be subsumed.

First seven lines:

Arma virumque canō, Trōiae quī prīmus ab orīs
Ītaliam, fātō profugus, Lāvīniaque vēnit
lītora, multum ille et terrīs iactātus et altō
vī superum saevae memorem Iūnōnis ob īram;
multa quoque et bellō passūs, dum conderet urbem,
inferretque deōs Latiō, genus unde Latīnum,
Albānīque patrēs, atque altae moenia Rōmae.

Wars and a man I sing—an exile driven on by Fate,
he was the first to flee the coast of Troy,
destined to reach Lavinian shores and Italian soil,
yet many blows he took on land and sea from the gods above—
thanks to cruel Juno's relentless rage—and many losses
he bore in battle too, before he could found a city,
bring his gods to Latium, source of the Latin race,
the Alban lords and the high walls of Rome.
(Translation by R. Fagles)

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Old 01-02-2018, 05:36 PM   #1052
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Old 01-12-2018, 11:30 PM   #1053
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Since I started writing and hanging out in the AH, I have discovered some really great authors here. Whenever someone catches my attention in the AH, I make it a point to read at least some of their work. Many of you have really elevated my opinion of what Literotica can be. So far, I've read bramblethorn, ChloeTzang, ElectricBlue66, ellen_devlin, Exescort, HeyAll, MelissaBaby, NotWise, Oggbashan, SimonDoom, sr71plt, and SusanJillParker.

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Old 01-15-2018, 05:33 PM   #1054
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Old 01-25-2018, 10:49 PM   #1055
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Tonight I'm reading SolarRay.

Since I started writing and hanging out in the AH, I have discovered some really great authors here. Whenever someone catches my attention in the AH, I make it a point to read at least some of their work. Many of you have really elevated my opinion of what Literotica can be.

This thread makes a convenient place to keep a running list so I don't forget anyone. So far, I've read 8letters, bramblethorn, ChloeTzang, ElectricBlue66, ellen_devlin, Exescort, HeyAll, MelissaBaby, NotWise, Oggbashan, SimonDoom, sr71plt, and SusanJillParker.
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Old 01-25-2018, 11:14 PM   #1056
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I just took a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies out of the oven, and tonight I'm reading ausfet.

Since I started writing and hanging out in the AH, I have discovered some really great authors here. Whenever someone catches my attention in the AH, I make it a point to read at least some of their work. Many of you have really elevated my opinion of what Literotica can be.

This thread makes a convenient place to keep a running list so I don't forget anyone. So far, I've read 8letters, bramblethorn, ChloeTzang, ElectricBlue66, ellen_devlin, Exescort, HeyAll, JasonClearwater, MelissaBaby, NotWise, Oggbashan, SimonDoom, SolarRay, sr71plt, and SusanJillParker.
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Old 02-26-2018, 02:16 PM   #1059
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"...The two men that Photius chose for the mission to Moravia were brothers. They had grown up in Thessalonica, the empire's second city, which although still a Greek city had been surrounded by Slavic settlers. Slavic was heard in Thessalonica as often as Byzantine Greek.... The dialects that would eventually resolve themselves into the various Slavic languages had not yet done so. Slavs could still understand each other wherever they had settled, and so the brothers would be able to communicate effectively in Moravia.

The younger of the two, whose given name was Constantine but who is known to history by his later monastic name of Cyril, had been born around 825...

Cyril and Methodius accepted the mission, but they didn't leave for Moravia right away. Cyril spent the winter preparing for the assignment by inventing an alphabet that could be used to spread the Gospels in Slavic. The new alphabet, called Glagolitic, contained forty letters. Many were based loosely on either Greek or Hebrew letters, but many also appear invented from scratch. By the time they left Byzantium in the spring of 863, the brothers had used Cyril's new alphabet to translate a selection from the Gospels for use in a Slavic liturgy. This new written language would be called Old Church Slavonic...

The biggest development of Symeon's reign was a new Slavonic alphabet, ironically called Cyrillic, which originated in Bulgaria decades after Cyril's death and may have been invented by Methodius' disciple Clement of Ohrid (though most scholars now doubt this). Based much more closely on Greek letters, it was also far simpler than Glagolitic, and now began rapidly to replace it in Old Church Slavonic literature..."
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"...These were the years when the prince was often seen in Paris. In Montmartre, at the Moulin Rouge (opened in 1889), he was accosted by the cancan dancer Louise Weber, who jeered, 'Ullo, Wales! Est-ce que tu vas payer mon champagne?' (Will you pay for my champagne?)

Le Chabanais, founded in 1878, was a palace of sex decorated lavishly in a variety of styles, including Moorish, Japanese, and Louis XVI. The room Bertie used was known as the Hindu chamber, emblazoned above the bed was his coat of arms. The prostitutes with their frizzed black hair, long drawers, corsets, and bare breasts, seem to twenty-first century (female) eyes strangely lacking in allure, but Bertie undoubtedly visited. He was watched by the Paris police, who kept files on his movements. The copper bath that was filled with champagne while he consorted with prostitutes (anything less erotic than sitting in a cold and sticky champagne bath seems hard to imagine) still exists. Appropriately, it was bought by Salvador Dali. The prize artifact in Bertie's room was the seat of love, which he allegedly commissioned in about 1890. Exactly what permutations the complicated design of stirrups and supports was designed for is hard to see, but when it was later exhibited to visitors, they were told, 'He stepped in there as if he were going to a stall.'..."


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Given his mother's neurotic parenting, occasional bizarre behavio(u)r and her flagrantly manipulative on-again, off-again favoritism, it's a bit of a wonder that Edward VII turned out to be halfway sane at all. Notwithstanding the reputation of Victorian England, sexual promiscuity was commonplace among the aristocratic class. The number of male syphilitics and other STD sufferers is amazing; Lord Randolph Churchill, Albert's father (Ernest I), brother Ernest (II) Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, and Edward VII's son Albert Victor ("Eddy"). STD was rife.





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Old 03-07-2018, 01:11 PM   #1061
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The Aeneid by Virgil

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The Aeneid (/ɪˈniːɪd/; Latin: Aeneis [ae̯ˈneːɪs]) is a Latin epic poem, written by Virgil between 29 and 19 BC,[1] that tells the legendary story of Aeneas, a Trojan who travelled to Italy, where he became the ancestor of the Romans. It comprises 9,896 lines in dactylic hexameter.[2] The first six of the poem's twelve books tell the story of Aeneas's wanderings from Troy to Italy, and the poem's second half tells of the Trojans' ultimately victorious war upon the Latins, under whose name Aeneas and his Trojan followers are destined to be subsumed.

First seven lines:

Arma virumque canō, Trōiae quī prīmus ab orīs
Ītaliam, fātō profugus, Lāvīniaque vēnit
lītora, multum ille et terrīs iactātus et altō
vī superum saevae memorem Iūnōnis ob īram;
multa quoque et bellō passūs, dum conderet urbem,
inferretque deōs Latiō, genus unde Latīnum,
Albānīque patrēs, atque altae moenia Rōmae.

Wars and a man I sing—an exile driven on by Fate,
he was the first to flee the coast of Troy,
destined to reach Lavinian shores and Italian soil,
yet many blows he took on land and sea from the gods above—
thanks to cruel Juno's relentless rage—and many losses
he bore in battle too, before he could found a city,
bring his gods to Latium, source of the Latin race,
the Alban lords and the high walls of Rome.
(Translation by R. Fagles)
Pure magic.

For myself, it's a reminder of the Gunner Asch books by H H Kirst.
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Pure magic.

For myself, it's a reminder of the Gunner Asch books by H H Kirst.
You've inspired me. I'm gonna go read my Comic Book Classics version of The Iliad. Which, seriously, is the version I have and it's great! My Dad gave it to me when I was about 8 or something when I got interested in some of the old classics and it got me hooked. I've got the "Age of Bronze" series too. Classics for illiterates

I confess, I have not read "The Aeneid", but some quick research on Amazon shows me I have found something at my level..... coz that Latin.... OMG....

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I remember my grandfather having a copy - mostly in English, but with a couple of the racier stories left in the original Italian. Even as a child, I found the explanation feeble and the censorship foolish.
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