Wednesday, 28 April 2010

World first!! Latin blog will re-examine the Trojan Horse!!!

Coming soon – this blog will migrate to the ancient world with the introduction of the world’s first “Blogus Latinus”.

Here is a snippet - from Virgil’s Aeneid, Book Two, where the prophet Laocon warns the Trojans against accepting the wooden horse that the Greeks have left at their gates.

“Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes.”

Loosely translated this mean: “I fear Greeks, especially those bearing gifts.”

I hope that Classics scholars amongst you will enjoy this departure. More soon...

(NB: The use of the word “Greeks” here is nothing to do with the country Greece, which is currently in the midst of a major financial crisis. It is in fact a reference to the terminology adopted by investment bankers at banks such as Goldman Sachs when considering the calculus of risk pertaining to a particular trade – As in: “Hey, Brad, I’m going long gamma”. Please also note that as with all financial products sold by investment banks, the value of these investments can go down as well as down.)

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