3.1
Odi profanum vulgus et arceo;
favete linguis. carmina non prius
audita Musarum sacerdos
virginibus puerisque canto.
regum timendorum in proprios greges,
reges in ipsos imperium est Iovis,
clari Giganteo triumpho,
cuncta supercilio moventis.
est ut viro vir latius ordinet
arbusta sulcis, hic generosior
descendat in campum petitor,
moribus hic meliorque fama
contendat, illi turba clientium
sit maior; aequa lege Necessitas
sortitur insignes et imos:
omne capax movet urna nomen.
destrictus ensis cui super impia
cervice pendet, non Siculae dapes
dulcem elaborabunt saporem,
non avium citharaeque cantus
somnum reducent. somnus agrestium
lenis virorum non humiles domos
fastidit umbrosamque ripam,
non zephyris agitata Tempe.
desiderantem quod satis est neque
tumultuosum sollicitat mare
nec saevus Arcturi cadentis
impetus aut orientis Haedi,
non verberatae grandine vineae
fundusque mendax, arbore nunc aquas
culpante, nunc torrentia agros
sidera, nunc hiemes iniquas.
contracta pisces aequora sentiunt
iactis in altum molibus: huc frequens
caementa demittit redemptor
cum famulis dominusque terrae
fastidiosus. sed Timor et Minae
scandunt eodem quo dominus, neque
decedit aerata triremi et
post equitem sedet atra Cura.
quodsi dolentem nec Phrygius lapis
nec purpurarum sidere clarior
delenit usus nec Falerna
vitis Achaemeniumque costum,
cur invidendis postibus et novo
sublime ritu moliar atrium?
cur valle permutem Sabina
divitias operosiores?



In the movie 21, the main character Ben Campbell is a math major at MIT. He is accepted into Harvard Medical School and is worried about how to come up with the $300,000 needed to attend. One of his teachers takes a special interest in him and recruits him to the blackjack team. The team specializes in card counting which allows them to essentially cheat the system and win large amounts of money. Based on a true story, the movie follows the team on their Vegas escapades. Ben becomes very successful and makes enough to pay for medical school. However, soon, Ben becomes infatuated with his new luxurious lifestyle and material possessions. He takes advantage of his talent to count cards.
What starts out as a means to pay for school becomes a way for Ben to act like someone he is not. He becomes overly ambitious, betting way too much at the casino. What he doesn’t know is that he has gained the attention of the chief of security at the casino. The more ambitious Ben becomes, the more danger he is in. Ben loses all of his money that he saved for school and is physically assailed by the chief of security.
According to Horace, it is not good to be over ambitious. In Ode 3.1, there is a focus on the dangers of being over ambitious. This is indicated by, “desiderantem quod satis est neque tumultuosum sollicitat mare,” the stormy sea does not shake up one who desires that which is enough. Over ambition and collecting material possessions is exactly what Horace advises against and what Ben Campbell does. In 21, Ben only attracted attention when he tried to win too much. One is safe as long as one doesn’t attempt to achieve or obtain things that are far out of reach. Otherwise, like Ben learned, there are serious consequences.


2.10
Rectius vives, Licini, neque altum
semper urgendo, neque – dum procellas
cautus horrescis – nimium premendo
litus iniquum..
auream quisquis mediocritatem
diligit, tutus caret obsoleti
sordibus tecti, caret invidenda
sobrius aula.
saepius ventis agitatur ingens
pinus et celsae graviore casu
decidunt turres feriuntque summos
fulgura montis.
sperat infestis, metuit secundis
alteram sortem bene praeparatum
pectus. informis hiemes reducit
Iuppiter, idem
submovit. non, si male nunc, et olim
sic erit: quondam cithara tacentem
suscitat Musam, neque semper arcum
tendit Apollo.
rebus angustis animosus atque

fortis appare: sapienter idem
contrahes vento nimium secundo
turgida vela.
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The television reality show Wife Swap switches the wives in two families for two weeks. The new wife must live by the family’s rules first before enforcing her own the next week. The families chosen for the show are typically totally opposites. They follow rules that are usually very extreme. By the end of the show, most wives bring back knowledge of how to bring more balance in their lives. In one episode, the Gillette family trades wives with the Turner family. The Gillettes run a traveling carnival at which their kids can roam free and do what they please. They live in a small messy trailer where they are home schooled. The Turner family lives in a very upscale neighborhood in NY where appearances are everything. The parents push the kids to spend every waking moment being productive in school or extracurricular activities. This leaves little time for fun because they are so concerned with their public image. Both families have major issues because they live at extremes. The negativity of extremes is present in Ode 2.10. He advises Licinius that in order to live correctly he must not live by extremes and follow the golden mean. In both 2.10 and Wife Swap it is often discovered that it is best to find middle ground.






Catullus 69
Noli admirari quare tibi femina nulla,
Rufe, velit tenerum supposuisse femur,
non si illam rarae labefactes munere vestis
aut perluciduli deliciis lapidis.
laedit te quaedam mala fabula, qua tibi fertur
valle sub alarum trux habitare caper.
hunc metuunt omnes; neque mirum: nam mala valde est
bestia, nec quicum bella puella cubet.
quare aut crudelem nasorum interfice pestem,
aut admirari desine cur fugiant.


In the Disney Channel show, That’s So Raven, the vice principal of Raven’s high school, Mr. Lawler, is reminiscent of Rufus in Catullus 69. Mr. Lawler has a bad habit of spitting when he speaks. He frequently uses words starting with letters like “p.” Mr. Lawler is so clueless that he doesn’t realize his students leaning away from him to avoid getting hit by his spit. Raven and her friends hate talking to Mr. Lawless because he has no idea that he is spitting. They even go as far as wearing raincoats to class if they know he will be stopping by. This is similar to the ignorance that Catullus dislikes in Rufus’s character. It is very irritating when Rufus wonders why women run away from him. He does not realize that his body odor is prohibiting him from having a relationship. In both That’s So Raven and Catullus 69, the characters’ issues (spitting and B.O.) serve as a barrier between themselves and others.


Catullus 45

Acmen Septimius suos amores
tenens in gremio ‘me’' inquit ‘Acme,
ni te perdite amo atque amare porro
omnes sum assidue paratus annos,
quantum qui pote plurimum perire,
solus in Libya Indiaque tosta
caesio veniam obvius leoni.’
Hoc ut dixit, Amor sinistra ut ante
dextra sternuit approbationem.
At Acme leviter caput reflectens
et dulcis pueri ebrios ocellos
illo purpureo ore suaviata,
‘sic’ inquit ‘mea vita Septimille,
huic uni domino usque serviamus,
ut multo mihi maior acriorque
ignis mollibus ardet in medullis.’
Hoc ut dixit, Amor sinistra ut ante
dextra sternuit approbationem.
Nunc ab auspicio bono profecti
mutuis animis amant amantur.
Unam Septimius misellus Acmen
mavult quam Syrias Britanniasque:
uno in Septimio fidelis Acme
facit delicias libidinisque.
quis ullos homines beatiores
vidit, quis Venerem auspicatiorem?


A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes Cinderella
A dream is a wish your heart makes
When you're fast asleep
In dreams you will lose your heartaches
Whatever you wish for, you keep
Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come smiling through
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
the dream that you wish will come true!


When I hear the song, “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” from Cinderella, the lyrics make me think of Catullus 45 because of the recurring theme of dreams vs. reality. In this poem, Catullus tells a story about two lovers whose immense devotion shows that they are truly in love. This serves as a symbol of what he wants from his relationship with Lesbia. He wants to have that sense of eternal commitment when in fact their relationship is plagued with infidelity and betrayal. The lyrics seem like a good motivator for Catullus to keep up this relationship. The line that most exemplifies the theme is, “in dreams you will lose your heartache.” Catullus wrote this poem to show Lesbia what he wants and by doing so, it draws the focus away from his pain.