Latin Quotes, Sayings, Tattoos, Phrases & Mottos

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Cicero on books

 
Sunday, October 21, 2007, 13:33 - Latin Language, Legal Phrases and Expressions
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At one time Amazon.com used to include refrigerator magnets in shipments to customers, bearing a quote attributed to Cicero: A room without books is like a body without a soul. Coffee mugs, bookmarks, cards and other items with this quote also reportedly exist. Occasionally, this adage is attributed to G.K. Chesterton. Holbrook Jackson in his inspiring "Anatomy of Bibliomania" invites the reader to “agree with Cicero” on this precise point making a reference to Lubbock’s "Pleasures of Life" (published around the time when Chesterton was barely out of grade school). Lubbock, however, only informs us that "Cicero described a room without books, as a body without a soul." In all likelihood, what he has in mind is a phrase from Att. 4.8: postea vero quam Tyrannio mihi libros disposuit, mens addita videtur meis aedibus (it is also possible that Lubbock used a secondary source). Thus, the neatly worded quotation from Cicero dissolves into thin air. It is amazing how it's possible that in this day and age, a quote so dubious in its attribution can be passed off as a genuine item.

Latin on TV?

 
Saturday, October 20, 2007, 12:39 - Latin Language
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1. I greatly enjoyed HBO's Rome.

2. Out of all different language learning courses I am most fond of "French in Action".

3. Apply the content of 1 and the principles of 2 and you will get one absolutely awesome TV course.

4. Too bad, that this will never happen.

Computer vocabulary

 
Friday, October 19, 2007, 18:07 - Latin Language, Software
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A compilation of some Latin renditions for some computer terms. The source is unknown to me, but I will keep it as a reference.

http://www.obta.uw.edu.pl/~draco/docs/voccomp.html
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A legal loophole?

 
Friday, October 19, 2007, 12:28 - Latin Language, Legal Phrases and Expressions
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Here is a legal maxim:

Qui peccat ebrius, luat sobrius - He who does wrong when drunk must be punished when sober. (http://www.inrebus.com/legalmaxims_q.php)

Does this mean that someone upon committing a crime (DUI even?) can escape the terrible blow of justice being administered, as long as this person manages to maintain a continuous state of drunkenness, or at the very least to do his/her best to become drunk once approached by law enforcement agents?



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