The Oxford Book of Latin Verse: From the Earliest Fragments to the End of the Vth Century A.D. [NOOK Book]

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Latin poetry begins where almost all poetry begins—in the rude ceremonial of a primitive people placating an unknown and dreaded spiritual world. The earliest fragments are priestly incantations. In one of these fragments the Salii placate Leucesius, the god of lightning. In another the Arval Brethren placate Mars or Marmar, the god of pestilence and blight (lues rues). The gods are most dreaded at the seasons most important to a primitive people, seed-time, for example, and harvest. The Salii celebrated Mars at ...
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The Oxford Book of Latin Verse: From the Earliest Fragments to the End of the Vth Century A.D.

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Latin poetry begins where almost all poetry begins—in the rude ceremonial of a primitive people placating an unknown and dreaded spiritual world. The earliest fragments are priestly incantations. In one of these fragments the Salii placate Leucesius, the god of lightning. In another the Arval Brethren placate Mars or Marmar, the god of pestilence and blight (lues rues). The gods are most dreaded at the seasons most important to a primitive people, seed-time, for example, and harvest. The Salii celebrated Mars at seed-time—in the month which bears his name, mensis Martius. The name of the Arval Brethren betrays their relation to the gods who watch the sown fields. The aim of this primitive priestly poetry is to get a particular deity into the power of the worshipper. To do this it is necessary to know his name and to use it. In the Arval hymn the name of the god is reiterated—it is a spell. Even so Jacob wished to know—and to use—the name of the god with whom he wrestled. These priestly litanies are accompanied by wild dances—the Salii are, etymologically, 'the Dancing men'—and by the clashing of shields. They are cast in a metre not unsuited to the dance by which they are accompanied. This is the famous Saturnian metre, which remained the metre of all Latin poetry until the coming of the Greeks. Each verse falls into two halves corresponding to the forward swing and the recoil of the dance. Each half-verse exhibits three rhythmical beats answering to the beat of a three-step dance. The verse is in the main accentual. But the accent is hieratic. The hieratic accent is discovered chiefly in the first half of the verse: where the natural accent of a disyllabic word is neglected and the stress falls constantly on the final syllable.DIVOM templa cante, diuom deo supplicate.ii QVOME tonas, Leucesie, prae tet tremonti. quor libet, Curis, decstumum tonare?iii CONSE, ulod oriese: omnia tuere, adi, Patulci, coi isse: Sancus Ianes Cerus es. Duonus Ianus ueuet po melios, eu, recum.THE ARVAL BROTHERHOOD
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  • BN ID: 2940015635751
  • Publisher: Library of Alexandria
  • Publication date: 9/28/2012
  • Language: Latin
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    Cougar

    Cougarpounce's expression softened and he licked the top of Calicoflames head. He closed his eyes and took a deep breath, feeling content. "You know whats funny? After everything that happened growing up, I was so certain that I'd never want to love anyone again, because everything always seemed to go wrong. But now," he paused and smiled at her then licked her cheek. "I couldn't imagine were or who I'd be without you. Ever since I met you, when we're together nothing that happened before matters...just you."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    Cougar

    "Starting our own clan sounds good, but dont you think maybe first we should join a clan? That way there would be more protection for, um....well you know..." Cougar stuttered, suddenly sounding nervous and akward. "I mean, for our kits...not now, but eventually...r-right?" He asked. The light brown tom looked at Calicoflame hopfully, glad he finally just asked what he'd been thinking. (They do tend to be me stuborn than others lol. If she likes you, have you tried leading her with someone else on her back? Sometimes that works.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    Cougarpounce

    Cougarpounce rested his tail on her shoulder, looking sympathetic. "Life stinks huh?" He said with a half smile.
    (Omg sorry again, i lost my charger!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Cougar

    "My father, Shadowstar, told me a spider is what killed my mother when I was just two moons. Now I know it was really him who killed her, but spider still scare me..." Cougar admitted quietly. "And grasshoppers just because," he added with a chuckle, taking the last bite of his food.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Cougar

    "Thanks," Cougar purred gratfully while licking a paw. "Hey, theres a lake not to far from here. Wanna go after we eat?" He asked, sounding like a kit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Cougarpounce

    He smiled and gave her pelt one last lick before standing up. "I figured," Cougar purred as he stretched, "I'm starving myself." Cougar looked back in the direction he'd come from and said, "I left some prey a little ways from here, I'll go get it." He then walked off at a quick pace. (I know right! I have both the books he wrote and Ive basicly memorized them lol I like him because when he gentles horses it isnt cruel or dangerous to the animal like most people are.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Cougar

    Cougar smiled to himself, thinking of how he'd eventually ask her, then began to groom Calicoflame's fur. (Thats cool. My exfriend had a blind horse. After he trained him, you couldnt even tell he was blind at all.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Cougar

    Cougars eyes opened and he stretched. "Morning," he said quickly, trying to sound normal but failing to hide his ueasiness. "I know..." Cougar whispered to Calicoflame, thinking of a number of things in his own past that weren't fair either. "So, um, I was thinking about what you told me, and I understand. Honestly, that other tom is right. I dissapeared for a long time. I can't just show up and expect everything to be the same...so...if you want, you should go with him." Cougarpounce sighed, thinking, but his eyes never left hers. "But at the same time, I love you more than anything. I dont care about anything or anyone else as long as I have you. I dont want to make you choose, I only want you to be happy, even if its not with me." The tom sat still looking at her intently, praying to starclan she wasnt about to leave.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Cougar

    Cougar smiled and followed closly behind. (1. To not be sick. Ive been sick for almost six months and i havent been able to help with our horses or anything. 2. To never hear another taylor swift OR one direction song....seriously. lol)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Cougar

    He smiled and moved closer and kissed her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Cougar

    Cougar purred and closed his eyes, curling his tail over over his paws. "I have to tell you something important," he said yawning again, then accidently fell asleep. (Yeah I agree, I dont even think they have any. And I have way to many aslo, im gonna have to quit some of them. Anyways, Im going to sleep, lots happened today, Ill tell you tommorow :) goodnight)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    Calicoflame

    Calicoflame smiled, her eyes twinkling at her mate's protectiveness. "I don't think he will either." She rests her head on his shoulder.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Cougarpounce

    The light brown tom looked around the empty cave with sad yellow eyes. "Calicoflame?" He whispered hoplessly. He swated a small pebble in frustration and it echoed as it hit the stone ground. Cougarpounce sighed and blinked away tears as he turned and darted away, determined to find were she went... +*+Cougarpounce+*+ (Calicoflame if your still there, respond at jungle king first result!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Calico

    Calicofle giggles, her eyes dancing with amusement at his disheveled look. "Let me help you." She purrs and pads to his side, licking behind his ears, and his neck.

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