Category Archives: Scholarly Questions

Roma si vestrum est opus

Circle of Life from Disney’s The Lion King   This song is adapted from poetry of Vergil, Horace and Ovid about the new world order after the civil war. Read on for a VERY LONG explanation of the literary trials and tribulations of the Julio-Claudians. Note (January 2018): this characteristically circuitous piece of juvenilia was written when I was in my fourth and final year as an undergraduate at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, as part of my revision for three of my compatible examination papers, ‘Latin Literature of the 1st…

Such dim-conceived glories of the brain…

…bring round the heart an indescribable feud. (John Keats) To explain my pronunciation of Ancient Greek Way back in 2011 when I made my first Ancient Greek dubbings, I was thoroughly confused by the responses of a few Greek viewers telling me that the pronunciation was wrong. Okay, my singing was terrible (even worse than it is now) and I’d never heard any form of Greek spoken aloud so I was singing with a horribly strong English accent (Liverpudlian, at that – not the most mellifluous of accents), but wrong…