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Sententiae Antiquae examines the classically ridiculous

By Jarret Bencks

For someone not familiar with classical literature, a read through the Twitter account @sentantiq can feel a little like hearing an inside joke without any context. 

Huh?

Pardon?

But the handle and associated blog have become wildly popular among enthusiasts of the old and obscure, and sparked curiosity from some more casual observers. The project was started in 2011 by Brandeis Associate Professor of Classical Studies, Joel Christensen, '01, MA '01.

"I was just about to get tenure, and I felt I had been narrowly focused with what I was reading," he said. "You can focus so much on one thing to the detriment of everything. I wanted a way to expand my reading list."

Plus, he was tired of seeing quotes with improper attribution getting thrown around online.

"You can find thousands of false quotations attributed to Aristotle, to Plato," he said. "It's just annoying."

You can read more about Christensen here

Date: June 28, 2018