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The Ways of the Moderns

Joshua Honeycutt obtained his degree in classical philology at the University of Bologna in 2018. He is passionate about Europe, languages, and politics, and is committed to Altiero Spinelli’s idea of the United States of Europe. In this haiku entitled ‘The Ways of the Moderns’, he makes use of Japanese verses that hide a very Latin hexameter, in order to subvert the meaning of the Latin expression ‘mos maiorum’ (the ways of our forefathers/‘tradition’), toying instead with the concept of ‘mos nouorum’ (the ways of the moderns).


THE

WAYS

OF THE

MODERNS

Latin words,

Through Japanese metres:

Perhaps a manner for the moderns?



Meli Campbell, Why Am I Like This?, 2020. Ink drawing.


DE

MORE

NOUORUM

Verba Latina,

Iaponica per metra:

Mosne nouorum?