Site ColumnsBy Caillan
July 5, 2002 - 3:55 PM
The Loeb Classical Library has started releasing new translations of several classical works, because many of the original editions, composed at the turn of the century, were less than accurate when it came to passages referring to sex and other "offensive material."
Instead of actually translating them, the academics either left these sections in the original Latin or Greek, translated them into Italian, or produced versions that were so vauge as not to make any sense whatsoever. Considering many of the Greek comic plays were essentially sex-farces, these versions are unintentially rather amusing. In addition, many of the more adventurous bedroom exploits of the emperors were left out - in the Loeb translation of Suetonius' life of Tiberius, there's a rather large chunk of Latin left untranslated. (Watch 'I, Claudius' for all the gory details.)
The new versions use appropriate contemporary language in order to stay closer to the spirit of the original Greek or Latin. There's quite an art to good translation - and many of the old versions just make people snigger at their prudishness. Two good articles on this can be found at the New York Times (which you have to be a member to view) and Associated Press.
Trek BBS Today
Below are some of the topics currently being discussed at the Trek BBS:
- Are you going spoiler free for 'Star Trek: Nemesis.'
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Trek Two Years Ago
This was the major news item on July 5, 2000:
- It's Official: John Logan Writing Star Trek X
StarTrek.com confirmed that 'Gladiator' scribe John Logan had signed on to write the tenth Trek feature film. Logan also penned 'Bats' and the telemovie 'RKO 281.'
More news can be found in the archives.
Today's Television Listings
- TNN will be showing the Next Generation episodes 'Code of Honor' at 8:00 p.m Eastern Time, with 'Evolution' at 9:00 p.m, 'The Ensigns of Command' at 10:00 p.m and 'The Schizoid Man' at 11:00 p.m.
- In Canada, Space! will be showing the Original Series episode 'This Side of Paradise' at 10:00 a.m and 2:00 p.m Eastern Time, with TNG's 'Too Short a Season' at 3:00 p.m, DS9's 'Who Mourns for Morn?' at 4:00 p.m and Voyager's 'Imperfection' at 5:00 p.m.
- In the United Kingdom, Sky One will show the TNG episode 'Eye of the Beholder' at 16:00 GMT, with Voyager's 'Course: Oblivion' at 17:00. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!
Tomorrow's Television Listings
- In Canada, Space! will be showing the Original Series's 'Metamorphosis' at 10:00am Eastern Time, TNG's 'Too Short a Season' at 11:00am, DS9's 'Who Mourns for Morn?' at 12:00pm, and Voyager's 'Imperfection' at 1:00pm.
- In the United Kingdom, Sky One will be showing TNG's 'The Perfect Mate' at 15:00 GMT, 'Imaginary Friend' at 16:00, and Voyager's 'The Fight' at 17:00. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!
- In Australia, TV1 will be showing the Original Series's 'For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky' at 19:30, TNG's 'The Mind's Eye' at 20:35, DS9's 'Defiant' at 21:30, and Voyager's 'Deadlock' at 22:30. Thanks go out to Sci-Fi TV Schedules International!