Catius' Cat Website / Poems / Videos

  • I have not highlighted this project in the past because I know it can be vastly improved, but I am starting this thread as a place to organize the improvements, discuss the existing version, and hopefully provide inspiration to others to prepare superior material.


    The website is: www.catiuscat.com

    The video location at Vimeo is: Thus Purred Catius' Cat and Catius' Cat and the Forty Mice

    The video location at Youtube is: Thus Purred Catius' Cat and Catius Cat and The Forty Mice

    A page for the full text of Thus Purred Catius' Cat

    A page for the full text of Catius' Cat and the Forty Mice


    The videos themselves (Vimeo versions):








    The only changes I have made in the original text since posting these approximately six years ago has been to alter paragraph 76 of "Thus Purred Catius' Cat." In order to avoid implying that Epicurus taught that we should pursue ONLY natural and necessary pleasures, I have made the following revision:


    Original Version:

    76.
    But happiness comes not from moments of pleasure,
    Followed by pains that are far worse in measure,
    Choose and avoid, with this one standard heeded:
    Choose only those pleasures both Natural and Needed.
    Revised Version:

    76.
    But happiness comes not from moments of pleasure,
    Followed by pains that are far worse in measure,
    Choose and avoid, with this one standard heeded:
    Give preference to pleasures both Natural and Needed.


    I have not yet been able to revise the video, but I will do that as soon as possible.