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      • New Year's contemplation
        James Carroll in an op-ed article "New Year's brooding" (Boston Globe, Dec. 31, 2007) writes the following:

        "The word contemplation has a Latin root, suggesting "time with," as if in contrast to chronology as time alone."

      • Sortes Virgilianae
        I have always used the phrase Sortes Virgilianae as the only term describing the practice of divination with the use of Virgil's works. In English this is probably best rendered as Virgilian lots. Recently I came across an absolutely delightful term "Maronian lottery".

      • Nosce te ipsum - 2
        As a matter of fact, here is the entire passage from the article 'The Delphic Oracle' by Hugh Lloyd-Jones Greece & Rome, 2nd Ser., Vol. 23, No. 1. (Apr., 1976), pp. 60-73. The third inscription sounds extremely enigmatic, especially because according to Plutarch it consisted of a singl

      • Know thyself!

      • Learn Latin by watching DVDs?
        Yep, that's the idea. A Latin Course called Latina Christiana is technically meant to be used with a textbook, but, in my opinion, some success can be achieved from simply watching the lessons and doing homework. Church pronunciation is used throughout the program, expectedly so. There is, howe

      • MGM motto - Ars gratia artis
        You pop in a DVD, and after a few annoying movie previews and a menu selection a lion's head shows up, surrounded with three Latin words: Ars gratia artis. What does it mean? The short answer is that it should mean 'Art for art's sake', thus being a translation of a 19th century

      • Magna Carta - Latin text
        David Rubenstein, the founder of the Carlyle Group, bought a copy of Magna Carta at Sotheby’s for $21m.

        "He admitted that he could not actually read it because he had avoided learning Latin at school — a decision he now regrets.

        The 2,500-word document, written in medieval

      • Funny life mottos
        "The heraldry of nature or, instructions for the King at Arms: comprising, the arms, supporters, crests, and mottos, both in Latin and English"

        A satirical book thusly titled, was published in London in 1785. You probably have to be British and live 200 years ago to fully apprec

      • Facilis descensus Averno
        Talibus orabat dictis arasque tenebat,
        cum sic orsa loqui vates: 'sate sanguine divom,
        Tros Anchisiade, facilis descensus Averno
        (noctes atque dies patet atri ianua Ditis);
        set revocare gradum superasque evadere ad auras,
        hoc opus, hic labor est.

        In esse

      • Ablative of Default
        I've been told that some undergrad students at Harvard (I must assume the same can occur elsewhere) use the term 'Ablative of Default', when dealing with instances of Ablative that were not so easily recognizable. I can see how this can happen, well into the second hour of the class w

      • A Special Vocabulary to Virgil
        A few years ago I scanned Greenough's "Special Vocabulary to Virgil". Now I decided to upload it for everyone's use. Greenough, of course, is the famous author of the good old "New Latin Grammar" still considered the best by many. Here are his words regarding this dicti

      • Sator Arepo tenet opera rotas

      • French mottos?
        I am playing with the idea of making a list of French mottos. For a few centuries, Latin and French coexisted as the two primary languages into which you would want to have your motto translated. Well, there is also Greek, but Greek did not have a very strong folloiwng during the Middle Ages, so Gre

      • Most popular Latin phrases and sayings in the logfile...
        For what it's worth, here is a list of Latin phrases most commonly searched for, according to my data. The first one is apparently due to the fact that a new movie with Angelina Jolie is currently playing in the theaters. I realize that this data mostly reflects the popular phrases that are bet

      • Propertius' love elegies

      • Italian and Spanish through Latin

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