Catiline Explains It All
Why Bellum Catilinae?
When I was in the eleventh grade I went to a used bookstore downtown and saw the Bellum (not the
Coniuratio, which is the more common title) and bought it. It was my first honest-to-god Latin text, and
the opening sentence, which graces my home page, leapt off the paper at me. It was quite a thrill
for a high-schooler -- "omnis" as an accusative plural! So real Latin was not as rigorous as my
teachers said! The book was the right size and color to
pass as a Bible, and I would cart it off on Sundays and
no one around me could gainsay my reading The Word in the original Latin (!).
It remains one
of my favorite Latin works.
What is the plan?
Bellum Catilinae is a privately supported, non-judgmental listing of sites relating to the
Classics, in strict English alphabetic order ignoring spaces and punctuation. Listings are by the
official name of the institution, insofar as we can determine that. Preference is given to sites
which actually put you in touch with other classicists, or which make direct access to research
materials. Sometimes less obviously helpful sites are listed. Geographical hints are supplied,
where confusion arises. There is currently a strong bent toward philology, without prejudice against
history or archaeology (Clodia is an historian, so I have to mind my manners).
I started out searching here for classics
departments. Then, using the university sites as a foundation, I turned my attention to research
sites. Now, I'm checking out the other lists. When that's done, I'm not sure what I'll do. Run the
general search engines, I guess.
Every few months I stop and go back through all the pages looking for missing
links. I would appreciate being informed of any sites I have missed.
Notify Catiline of additions
or corrections to the list.
Reload pages each visit, or at least each week! These sites are routinely updated. I
get up at 0345 every morning and work on the page for a little over an hour, then drive
one hour to the gym to excercise for two hours, then work until 1700 and then drive another
hour back home to Clodia and little Catiline.
Catiline, get a life!
Don't I know it!
Who is the audience?
All classicists, regardless of their experience level,
though I am partial to the primary and secondary schoolers
and to the adults with an informal, passing interest.
Part of the reason for the Catiline schtick is to emphasize the need to restructure our thinking
in the field, to empower the young classicists, to encourage their interest in the field and help
them become adult classicists.
And what about those adults who never went on with their classics studies? Or who are just now getting
interested (like one of my fellow programmers)? Who speaks to them, besides Catiline?
So the idea is to provide an open plaza for all classicists to gather at and, I would hope, exchange ideas
and the love of the classics. As Sallust said, "It behooves all men who wish to rise above the other animals to
work to their utmost to avoid passing through life in silence like cattle, which Nature has fashioned face-down
and enslaved to their stomachs."
Where are the translations?
Not here, as a general rule. I do make exceptions, as for the Twelve Tables, which is not generally available to
the little classicists. It is my belief that you will be able to find a translation into the language of your
choice without too much trouble. I see no reason to force English or any other modern language on the person who
wants to learn to love classical literature. Besides, you really need to learn Latin and Greek.
What else won't I find here?
Those photos, for one. You know the ones I mean. Neo-classical art,
literature and religion for another. I try to be inclusive, but I do draw the line at outlandish ideas, such as
"The Iliad Was Written By Elvis." Everyone knows he wrote the Odyssey. And, although I hate to dispute the good
folks at Keele University, and although it breaks my heart
to leave out a good site, I just don't see that
Beer in Cyberspace
has a direct link to the Classics. Indirect, sure; you should see Clodia put down the suds!
You won't find medieval
or patristic links here, for all that they are interesting, and tangentially related to the classics. But in the
interest of keeping the site merely bloated, and not impossibly large, I've cut them out.
Nor will you find rewritings of the Classics to fit someone's notion of what the communists
used to call "political correctness." So you won't find any ethnic Greeks suddenly become
black, nor men become women, nor straights become gays. If you want such Orwellian
reworkings of history and literature, God knows they're out on the web, but I'm not
going to point you to them.
Pages that spam visiters and trip off multiple web browsers are malicious
and will not be listed here. Get a life, spammers!
Catiline, where'd the maps go?
I've done some cleanup on the pages, and added new links, as always. Had to get rid of the
maps. IPA (my ISP) has a limit on what I can upload for you, and I wanted to make room
for some new things. Besides, those maps didn't seem to be very popular. Look on the
Perry-Castaneda Library page (listed under Maps) for the color originals. They're very
Catiline, my favorite link is now missing -- what gives?
One of the following has happened:
You'll also see that I'm very tolerant of links that look dead, the ones I mark
"gone." Many pages are run by students, and they disappear during the summer, only to
reappear in the fall. Be patient and they will often come back to you.
- I decided to move it to another page. This happens a lot. That's why I ask you not to
bookmark any page but the
and suggest that you reload with each visit.
- I decided that the link did not properly refer to the Greek and Latin classics and I removed it.
This almost never happens.
- I messed up and lost it. Sorry. Ask
me to find it again for you.
What are these errors and what do all those messages mean?
This site may go offline from about 1600 GMT Saturdays until about 0400 GMT Sundays, and
again from 2200 GMT Sundays until about 0800 GMT Mondays for
maintenance. When using these links, you may encounter temporary errors. The phrase
"document contains no data" almost always indicates a temporary error in transmission; try again
immediately. The phrase "server does not have a DNS entry" usually means that your server has
not yet made contact with the destination server; try again. The phrases "socket not connected"
and "server not responding" mean that the destination server is temporarily out of order or busy;
try again later. Messages indicating that URLs listed on this site are not available usually
mean that I am rearranging the pages; try again after an hour. The ominous message "Forbidden" means
that you have caught me in flagrante delicto changing a page. Try again in a few minutes.
Why is the Bellum so plain?
I am trying to remain within the limits of HTML 2, for the convenience of the maximum number of visitors.
I've started putting out some graphics, but I want to avoid slowing down
the main pages with images.
Where did you get those little flags in the Universities page?
I made them. Feel free to use them as you need. It would be nice if you gave me credit, and included
a link to my page.
What does KAI TA LOIPA mean?
It's classical Greek and means the same thing as et cetera: "and the rest."
Where is the Ridge, anyway?
Well, it's almost certainly not on your map, so I'll give you some directions. We're east of Lizard Lick and
west of Truth Or Consequences, south of Crazy Woman and north of Two Egg. In fact, we're pretty close to Toad
Suck. Does that help?
Catiline, who are you?
As you have noticed, I dislike saying who I am really. I would hate for you to follow
me down some path because you think I'm the Great Professor So-and-so. I'd also hate
for you to reject me because I'm not the Great Professor So-and-so. Otherwise,
it doesn't matter, does it? All that matters is whether or not I'm giving you the
How can I make one of these pages?
First, get yourself an Internet Service Provider (ISP) who will give you space for a home page (mine is free
with access to the Net). Then get one of the many good books on HTML, and check out these sites
maintain the page with Corel WordPerfect X8.
banner at the top is printed in
C19 typeface from Callifonts (POB 224891, Dallas, TX 75222, phone 214-504-8808); C19 appears
to be based on a third century manuscript of Vergil.