I've always gone with Sever-us... And I should, of course, be an expert on this name, as it is the root of Søren! (Severus - Severin - Søren...)
Well, well, well; I hadn't made the connection.
But- obviously- I accept your expertise.
Well; the connection is hardly obvious unless you look it up and just how the transition took place over the course of a thousand years or so... :-)
Thanks to Dio Cassius we know some of their names.Or not
, I'm afraid...
I say 'Severus', with no long 'e's, although most classical Latinists would also say that the 'v' should really be pronounced more like a 'wh', and I do that sometimes too.
The name did
carry the same meaning as our word 'severe', though, so I can't see any harm in bringing that out for modern English-speakers by lengthening the second e. The fact is, neither he nor any of his comtemporaries is here to tell us what they said.
Don't let accuracy get in the way of a good story, eh?
Pah, I'm disappointed in the Beeb.
Though glad to learn that Severus may not have been the genocidal brute they made him out to be.
Septimius Severe-us? It sounds all wrong to me.
I'm with you on that one, though as strange_complex
says, there is no absolute evidence on how to pronounce it. The Latin I was taught at school was all pretty much pronounce-it-as-it's-written - and to be Severe-us, it would be written Sevīrus
I wonder if there was, in fact, a single received pronunciation. Surely Romans from, say, North Africa and Britain would have spoken the language very differently.
Obviously, that's an anecdotal example.
But from an entirely appropriately named site!
Hehe - yes! I actually use that site quite a lot, as it has a lot of really excellent online Roman sources, in both Latin (or Greek) and translation. But I still get a little thrill every time I glance at the URL!
All those dreams and omens....
It' SEverus (short e first, schwa, second, stress on the first syllable). As in Severus Snape.
Just ask Richard Harris (oops, can't ask him), Maggie Smith, Kenneth Branagh, et al.
Richard Harris is exactly the person to ask. I mean, he's in a position to go consult with Septimius Severus himself.
OK, Richard, you hearing me? Knock once for yes, twice for no....
Ah, I remember Michael Praed very well...iconoclaim
and I recently borrowed the complete 'robin of sherwood' dvd set from a friend and have been watching them through. last night we watched the very charming alan a dale episode...
claim = clam -- yeah, I get my girlfriend's username wrong sometimes...
I'm a big fan of the guy who plays the Sherrif- Nikolas Grace. I've never understood why he hasn't become a star.
Agreed. I love him as Anthony Blanche in the tv Brideshead. Looking over his IMDB filmography, it seems he's had steady work through the years on TV and movies, but from what I can tell his real thing is probably the stage. Which makes sense, because he's, you know, good at acting.
His Antony Blanche was unforgettable.
He turns up on TV every now and then, but always in supporting roles.
Praed dropped out of Robin of Sherwood in order to go to Hollywood, but I'm afraid that that role in Dynasty destroyed his career.
No, I don't remember Michael Praed, but I sure as hell remember Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Alan Rickman was Sheriff of Nottingham. He's also Severus Snape in Harry Potter. Congratulations. You have reawoken my undying obsession for the sultry goodness of Alan Rickman. Looks like you hit two nails on the head in this entry.
I do think the sheriff character in PoT owes a lot to Nickolas Grace's sheriff in the robin of sherwood series. Although of course Rickman absolutely rocked in PoT...a movie that can make me tolerate kevin costner and christian slater must be good.
You can't forget him in Love Actually with the stunning Heike Makatsch, though. Reow!
Have you seen Truly, Madly Deeply? You'd like it, I think. Rickman plays the sexiest ghost ever.