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My NR Nomen

Nova-Roma News: My paterfamilias in Nova Roma has decided to change our nomen to Corvia from Corva; apparently, the censores or someone did some research and determined a while back that Corva is more of a cognomen than a nomen. So we will be changing our nomen to Corvia, once the censores approve it.

I have also been informed that there is a possibility that I might be able to serve NR more actively in the future, and I have stated that I am interested in doing so.

I got sick the last time I tried to volunteer and wound up being very inactive for almost a year. Lately, I have been reading the main list but not perticipating much. Mainly, I've been trying to catch up on the news and noticing that some people I liked are no longer there--the Cassi, for two, and Diana Moravia, for another. She was always very witty and fun to talk to.

It is still as legalistic as ever, and the main list, at least, is still populated by people who predominantly love to argue the minutiae of NR legislation, ad infinitum.

I have got to figure out some sort of Roman craft to do. Surely there was more to Roman culture than endless wrangling over proposed leges!

I'd take up Roman music or singing, if I knew of any existing songs. Unfortunately, it's hard to perform over a mailing list. Also, I know they wrote classical Roman poetry with a far different emphasis than the way we write poetry today, so I would need to study that, first.

Hm...Paulla Corvia Gaudialis. (Joyful little not-quite-a-raven) Not a bad name, at all. :)

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Yeah, we've been promoting the use of more historically accurate nomina since the first year I was a censor (that would be almost four years ago now.) Corvia just means "of the crows" so you still get the crow thing in there. It's just like Iulia being the nominative form of the family descended from Iulus, the son of Aeneas.

As for the main list, yeah, it gets tiresome. I try to minimize my additions to the various discussions, but sometimes there's just a need for a position to be taken, and that's what senior senators are supposed to do.

Why don't you come over to ForTheMuses and try your hand at some Roman themed poetry? It's much more pleasant. Or you could come to the Sodalitas Virtutis and talk about Roman virtues.

I'm glad the decision was made to promote more authentic nomina and glad Palladius went with an approved name, so new civis entering Nova Roma can now use the nomen Corvia, as Corva was closed to new members.

I will give ForTheMuses and the Sodalitas Virtutis a look. I also want to look over the functions of the rogatores, as they have changed since I was a rogatrix. I liked working with the voting system, and, if the rogatores are now doing work associated with processing new citizens, that is work I would like to do, too; it is why I wanted to be a censorial scriba. I will observe and learn for the time being and perhaps run for office next year.

P. Corvae Gaudialis Cn. Equiti Marine s.d.

(Practicing the Latin for Email. That is a wonderful article on the website, by the way.)

I just joined ForTheMuses. U kiij firward to reading more of the posts.

Regarding my Latin name, do you have any idea which version is more correct, Paulla Corvia Gaudialis or Corvia Paulla Gaudialis? Or does it matter? (g)

Thanks for pointing me toward the Musarum!

Paulla Corvia Gaudialis is the more correct. We know from tombstone inscriptions that Paulla was the second most common female praenomen (at least in terms of praenomina inscribed on tombstones). Corvia would be the nomen and Gaudialis the cognomen.

Bill--Thank you. I'll keep the name order as is, then.

I'm a classics minor, but my interest lies more in the Greek than the Roman. I did take a Classic poetry class where we discussed some Latin poets, but our focus was mostly on the Greek poet Sappho, although we did study Catullus a bit.

Catullus was pretty raw. I used to know a guy who would recite Catullus poems in English at SCA bardic events. It would have been more impressive if he'd recited them in classical Latin.

I used to have a friend who took Latin, and he told me that Latin poetry was more focused on the beats of the poetry (I think) than on rhyme. So I would be interested in learning how that was done.

However, I really don't want to study Latin to do that. I am content with having studied Italian.


Catullus was raw, surprisingly so, although he had his moments, I have to say. There was one poem in particular he wrote that he based on one of Sappho's works that was quite good, although I think I prefer the original.

As far as Sappho is concerned, I wish we had more of her work, but most of it has been lost, and what we have is pretty broken up. Only a few of her poems have survived in their entirety, and with many only a line or a few words still exists.

As to the structure of Latin poetry, Greek poetry is the same way. It's comparable to the structure of Shakespeare's works, if you want to look at it that way--he wrote mainly in iambic pentameter, with a certain number of beats per line, and the stress on specific syllables. It's the same way with Greek and Latin poetry, although the structure is different. I believe the most-used Greek poetic structure had eleven beats per line, and I think that was the structure used in the Iliad and the Odyssey, if I remember right.

Interestingly enough, most Greek poems were intended to be sung (at least this is true of Sappho and even Homer), and there were probably specific dances to go along with it. We can still see the influence of this in Greek drama, through the presence of the chorus.

Uh, anyway, sorry for the essay. I have a hard time holding back when I actually know something about a topic.

Ardys--Hey, I appreciate having intelligent and learned discussion to read in my journal. it beat my constant yammering about my fiction characters and which quiz I just took. (g) Please, say on!