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About ritaroberts

I am a retired archaeologist. I have worked on Minoan pottery in Crete. I have also worked on Roman and Medieval pottery in England. I enjoy Archaeology and History, also Geology and collecting fossils .I am now studying the Minoan/Mycenaean scripts writings.

summer haiku d’été – common loons = plongeons huards

Here is some information for those of you who are interested in this subject .

Minoan Linear A, Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae

summer haiku d’été - common loons = plongeons huardscommon loonsphantom howlerspierce the moon

common loons haikuplongeons huardsfantômes qui hurlentpercent la lune
Richard VallanceCommentary on the rhythm and format of Canadian haiku:In my view, the rhythm and assonance of haiku should be poetic, otherwise the haiku is not poetry.Moreover, the so-called 5-7-5 syllable convention = 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second and 5 syllables in the third line is not valid whatsoever, because it does not exist in Japanese. Haiku should be free form, allowing anywhere from 7 or 8 to 17 syllables. For instance, in the common loons haiku in English above, we have 3-4-3 = 10 syllables. And since the grammar and syntax of different languages is never the same, the same haiku in French runs to 4-4-3 = 11 syllables, which is scarcely surprising. All too many…

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Posted by on December 18, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

summer haiku d’été – Vincent van Gogh

Here is a lovely Haiku from Richard Vallance. I especially like this particular painting of Vincent Van Gogh.

Minoan Linear A, Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae

summer haiku d’été - Vincent van GoghVincent van Goghat Saint-Rémy-de-Provenceon a starry night 

Van Gogh starry night haiku620Vincent van Goghà Saint-Rémy-de-Provence -nuit étoiléeRichard Vallance JankeVincent van Gogh painted “Starry Night” in 1889 during his stay at the asylum of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole near  Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.Vincent van Gogh a peinturé “Nuit étoilée” en 1889 pendant son séjour à l’asile de Saint-Paul-de-Mausole près de Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.   

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Posted by on December 17, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Translating Homer, Criticizing Translations

SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE

Sir Leslie Stephen, Alexander Pope:

“It is hard to understand at the present day the audacity which could lead a man so ill qualified in point of classical acquirements to undertake such a task. And yet Pope undoubtedly achieved, in some true sense, an astonishing success. He succeeded commercially; for Lintot, after supplying the subscription copies gratuitously, and so losing the cream of the probable purchasers, made a fortune by the remaining sale. He succeeded in the judgment both of the critics and of the public of the next generation. Johnson calls the Homer ‘the noblest version of poetry the world has ever seen.’ Gray declared that no other translation would ever equal it, and Gibbon that it had every merit except that of faithfulness to the original. This merit of fidelity, indeed, was scarcely claimed by any one. Bentley’s phrase—’a pretty poem, Mr. Pope, but you must not…

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Posted by on December 16, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

winter haiku in Mycenaean Linear B, ancient Greek, English and French, snow on the summit

Minoan Linear A, Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae

winter haiku in Mycenaean Linear B, ancient Greek, English and French, snow on the summit, with the English version below and all of the other languages on the haiku image of the mountain and the church:snow on the summitof a Cretan mountain −a church

snow-on-mountain-2017-kalo-horioRichard VallanceREPOST from 2017

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Posted by on December 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Minoan mythology: Britomartis

Under the influence!

Britomartis was a goddess of hunters, mountains and fishermen of the Minoan civilization that evolved on the island of Crete from about 2700 to 1450 BC.  There are many conflicting parts of the Britomartis story in Greek mythology. This may possibly be due to it having originated with an earlier civilisation before becoming adopted and adapted later by the Greeks as their civilisation grew in influence and power.  This process of adaptation can be found in other Greek legends. For example the birth of Zeus in Crete, Europa and the bull, Apollo brought Cretans to Delphi to be priests of his cult and there are many other instances.

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The story of Britomartis – Public Domain

Minos falls in love with Britomartis

Britomartis was the daughter of Zeus and Carme and was born at Caeo on Crete as one of the Cretan nymphs. She became a huntress and hunted the wild…

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Posted by on December 11, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

tragic spring haiku de printemps – polar bear = ours polaire

Minoan Linear A, Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae

tragic spring haiku de printemps – polar bear = ours polairepolar bearslipping off an ice floe ...her cubs drowned

ice-floe1ours polaireglissant d’une banquise ...ses oursons noyésRichard Vallancetragic consequence of global warming =conséquence tragique du réchauffement climatique

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Posted by on December 9, 2018 in Uncategorized

 
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Recently deciphered 4,500-year-old pillar shows first known record of a border dispute

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2018 in Uncategorized

 
 
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