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      • French phrases for mottos, slogans and language learning
        02/29/08
        Made a new little list:
        French phrases used as heraldic mottos.

        French phrases adopted as mottos, in my opinion, have slightly different connotations, as opposed to the Latin ones. They have a certain air of chivalry and perhaps a distinctly feudal sense of duty and allegiance. Or, p

      • Latin course online - paid for by the British government!
        02/19/08
        That's right! A simple course, good enough for a beginner is available at the website of the National Archives:

        The tutorial covers the period between 1086 and 1733, when Latin was the official language of documents written in England.

        Knowing Latin will help you to read d

      • Latin vs. Sanskrit
        02/18/08
        Interesting article:

        http://info.anu.edu.au/mac/Newsletters_

        I’ve seen a figure of 1.4 million Sanskrit manuscripts currently in existence. For Classical Greek and Latin combined, there are 30,000 manuscripts. This is Sanskrit’s monument, that vast scope of surviving, hand-writ

      • Is it possible to learn Latin language using an audio course?
        02/17/08
        Well, that depends on the course. There are a few options that one can very easily research on Amazon or wherever, but almost all of these audio courses must be used in conjunction with a textbook. I may write about these courses one day. However, it is not so widely known that the absolute best and

      • Confessions of a webmaster
        02/15/08
        Reading logs is like looking into people's minds. Sometimes it can be frightening, sometimes it is just funny. Yesterday someone searched Google for this: 'gen es se qua'. What does it mean? You got it: 'Je ne sais quoi'.

      • Idea for an engraved luggage tag
        02/14/08
        After hearing a few luggage related horror stories from people who had to return home during a recent storm, changing planes and arriving at otherwise undesirable destinations only to find out that their belongings did not make to anywhere near where they were supposed to be going, I got an idea for

      • A little love poem, in the medieval style
        02/13/08
        Cunctis osculis placatus,
        Haud blanditia orbatus,
        Etiam toro sum vocatus -
        Rursus volo vota dare
        In perpetuum amare.

      • How I learned to identify Roman coins
        02/13/08
        Well, sort of... I am not a collector, I just happened to have a few worthless coins lying around. It was rather difficult to see the name of the emperor and the design was not a very clear one. But it did look like there were two soldiers holding standards of their Legions. I went to vcrc.austincol

      • Index Librorum Prohibitorum
        02/12/08
        I found Index Librorum Prohibitorum at a bookstore a few weeks ago. Not very old and quite moderately priced. Still, I resisted buying it, having wisely determined that these editions must be plentifully represented online. And here it is:

        http://books.google.com/books?id=xuECAAAAQAAJ
      • Of arms and the man I sing - a trifle of numerology
        02/11/08
        The number of books in Homer's "Iliad": 24.
        The number of books in Homer's "Odyssey": 24

        The number of words in the opening passage of Virgil's Aeneid, the poem justly believed to incorporate the themes of Homer's two great epic works: 48 (24+2

      • Knowledge is power - original source of the quote
        02/10/08
        This maxim attributed to Francis Bacon is very often quoted as Scientia est potentia. Perhaps a little too inspired by this motto, I decided to gain knowledge about the original quote, and, to my surprise, found none. There is this phrase, however, used very much passingly and literally parenthetica

      • Philip Pullman's book titles
        02/08/08
        The Amber Spyglass
        The Golden Compass
        The Subtle Knife...


        "The Subtle Knife"??? Am I the only one who finds this title hilarious? I could not resist coming up with a few good and solid book titles for Mr. Pullman:

        "The Indignant Crayon"

      • British motto contest, sponsored by The Times
        02/08/08
        I can't believe this one almost escaped my attention!

        The article is appropriately entitled Britain Seeks Its Essence, and Finds Punch Lines.

        It was a lofty idea: formulate a British “statement of values” defining what it means to be British, much the way a document like t

      • Meaning of "Sasha"
        02/08/08
        Speaking of meanings... There is one area of popular etymology where results have been absolutely horrifying and disturbing. I am taking about the etymology of proper names, most often featured on numerous 'baby names' sites. It is absolutely unbelievable what these people come up with. Wh

      • Zodiac signs meanings
        02/08/08
        There is a little bit of Latin to be learned from the names of the Zodiac signs. More importantly, one should not always rely upon these names as a source of meaning for the corresponding words. This goes especially for Sagittarius, Capricord and Aquarius. The traditional translations of these names

      • Esse Quam Videri: To be, rather than to seem (North Carolina State Motto)
        02/05/08
        Esse quam videri - To be, rather than to seem

        This state motto might as well get the prize for Classical authenticity. Without trying to come up with something unique and of questionable value, North Carolinians went straight to the source of nearly everything that is good in Latin prose:

      • Unique gift for General Lee
        02/05/08
        Here is a rather perplexing reference to a gift, supposedly presented to General Robert. E. Lee:

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        SAVANNAH [GA] REPUBLICAN, March 26, 1863, p. 1, c. 2

        Golden Spurs to Gen. Lee.—We had the pleasure of examining at the Jewelr

      • Sepulchral rings
        02/04/08
        F. M. Marshall makes this observation about this specific type of ancient rings in his Catalogue of the Finger Rings, Greek, Etruscan, and Roman:

        Several of these rings are so flimsy that they can scarcely have been intended for the use of the living.

        A few days ago I was looki

      • A pretty dumb joke, if you ask me.
        02/01/08
        Then again, I am the one who came up with it:

        How does one call a very ugly motto? A Quasi Motto!

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