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      • She flies with her own wings
        Alis volat propriis
        She flies with her own wings

        I am becoming more convinced that if one wants to adopt a good motto it is best to start with a classical quotation. Reasons? See above - the Oregon state motto. I was not able to find any related quotation in the body of Latin literat

      • Blogger's vocabulary
        Vomitione urgente - Vomiting being severe.

        Sometimes, these are exactly the words one searches for while participating in an online discussion. I would even abbreviate it to VU.

      • Medical Latin
        After looking up a few medical Latin wordlists and having not found in them even the good old rigor mortis, I decided to start my own updated list of medical terminology and phrases in Latin. Nothing spectacular, but it does fill a certain void. My main reference was
        'A Handbook of materi

      • Thus always to tyrants

        This is of course, state motto of Virginia. But here is a curious, although sincere, example of using Latin in English poetry:

        Sic Semper Tyrannis"
        By E. H. O. Clark."

        Sic semper tyrannis," vile southron?
        You murdered your own truest friend!

      • Incognito
        Without being known; in disguise; in an assumed character, or under an assumed title.

        Here is an article about an Australian lady who is a "self-confessed word nerd, fluent in Latin, ancient Greek and Esperanto, and a scholar of linguistics and Shakespeare". She

      • Marble statues, painted pictures and moral degradation
        This is one of my most favorite places in Sallust (Bel.Cat 11.5):

        Huc accedebat, quod L. Sulla exercitum, quem in Asia ductaverat, quo sibi fidum faceret, contra morem maiorum luxuriose nimisque liberaliter habuerat. Loca amoena, voluptaria facile in otio ferocis militum animos molliveran

      • Pater noster from Itala?
        There is a site that has translations of 'Pater noster' in Romance languages:

        The Latin text they have is as follows:

        Pater noster, qui est in coelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum, fiat voluntas tua

      • Carpe diem

      • Vocatus atque non vocatus deus aderit - Called or not called, God will be present

      • Dictionary of Ecclesiastical Latin

      • Status quo - 'the state in which'

        The Wikipedia article begins as follows:

        In 19th-century diplomatic Latin, the original sentence was in statu quo res erant ante bellum "the state things were before the war". This gave rise to the shorter form status quo ante bellum "the state that it was befor

      • Fortune favors the bold

      • Volvo - car company's name and Classical Latin.
        As you can find out just about anywhere, 'volvo' means 'I roll' in Latin. It is not even precisely known what educated Swede came up with this name for the nascent car company. The funny thing is that this form is quite rare in Classical Latin. Even when it is used (just 20 times

      • To love and to cherish - David Beckham's tattoo

      • Quid pro quo

      • Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori
        What Wikipedia will not tell you...

        Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori
        "It is sweet and honorable to die for (one's) country."
        Odes (iii 2.13)

        Horace gets too much credit for this line, it has clear overtones of an earlier Greek poem by Tyrtaeus:
      • A diamond with a Templar Cross?

        It would have helped for the cross to be red!

      • Why Latin?

      • Discite iustitiam moniti et non temnere divos!

      • Quod me nutrit me destruit (What nourishes me also destroys me) -- Angelina Jolie's Tattoo
        To the best of my knowledge, this motto can be found in two places: on a portrait that is believed to be of Chistopher Marlowe, and on Angelina Jolie's belly (or thereabouts). The more familiar version of this motto is Qui me alit me extinguit - Who feeds me also extinguishes me. One emblemati

      • Gods in color - painted ancient sculpture exhibit

        image from

        An outstanding exhibit (organized by the Stiftung Archäologie and the Staatliche Antikensammlungen und Glyptothek, Munich), presently at Harvard. It is well-known that the white color, so familiar to any student of antiquity, was n

      • Temple Church inscription
        Ah, mysteries...

        I decided to revisit a little mystery about an inscription on the church at Temple (not far from Rosslyn, if I am not mistaken).
        The inscription can be seen in all its high-resolution glory here:

        A gentleman by

      • How to read books in Latin
        Obviously, you need to know Latin. There is no cutting corners here, and this is not what I am going to discuss. Instead, I will share my experiences with paperless books. Classicists are particularly blessed with a large number of Latin texts available free of charge on the Internet. It would be r

      • Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium
        It appears that 'magorium' (magorium sambac, sumbac, zambuc) is something better known as Arabian Jasmine. Muhammad Sharif Khan describes this flower as "sweet and cool, and of a pleasant smell; raises the spirits; removes bile; improves weakness of sight, affections of the mouth, and

      • "Words", or Latin dictionary misnamed

      • Wheelock's Latin Reader vs. 'Aeneas to Augustus'
        Quite often people seek advice regarding a good intermediate Latin reader. My suggestion:

        It provides a good selection of original texts with ample and precise notes. You will get to read most of Rome's famous writers and poets - usually their most popular passages.

      • University of Cambridge - a Papal Bull

    • October