Alan Watts on Candlemas

February 2, 2019 David Hurley 0

The day after Saint Brigid’s Day is Candlemas, which is the day on which all the candles which will be used in the ceremonies of the church for the next year are blessed and at the same time it is the commemoration of the Purification of the Virgin Mary, forty [Read more…]

Brigid Whom The Poets Adored

February 1, 2019 David Hurley 0

The first of February is Saint Brigid’s day, or Imbolc, the Gaelic festival of the beginning of spring, sacred to the goddess Brigit, many of whose attributes were later attributed to Saint Brigid of Kildare. One of her attributes is that she can turn water into beer, presumably without going [Read more…]

A. S. Kline and the Soul of Dante: Anima, Sprito, Alma

January 28, 2019 David Hurley 0

Continuing to look at Statius’ description of human generation in the 25th Canto of Purgatory, it is interesting to note that A. S. Kline translates “anima” as “spirit” rather than “soul.” Either word can be defended as a translation choice. What is being described by Stazio is the “ensoulment” of [Read more…]

“Si Rimane Quasi Alimento Che Di Mensa Leve”

January 26, 2019 David Hurley 0

In yesterday’s blog post I wrote about Clive James translation of Dante’s Purgatory, Canto 25, lines 37-66. I contended that if you knew nothing about Galen’s medical theories then much of Clive James’ translation of Statius’ account of human generation would be incomprehensible. In contrast, A. S. Kline’s prose translation [Read more…]

End of Term Gifts and Games

January 23, 2019 David Hurley 0

One of my “teaching gigs” is at Hiroshima College of Foreign Languages, HCFL or “Gaigo” for short. “Gaigo” or 「外語」 is the abbreviation of the Japanese name, 広島外語専門学校, Hiroshima Gaigo Senmon Gakko. A “senmon gakko” is a vocational college and the courses last for two years as opposed to three [Read more…]

Robert Greene on Catarina Sforza

January 22, 2019 David Hurley 0

This afternoon I was listening to Paul Michael’s narration of the twelfth chapter of Robert Greene’s book, The Laws of Human Nature, Reconnect to the Masculine or Feminine Within You. The chapter argues that there is much to be gained in reconnecting with the qualities of the opposite sex that [Read more…]