Latin Quotes, Sayings, Tattoos, Phrases & Mottos

Most texts and materials on this site have to do with the Latin language, including its perception in popular culture: movies, tattoos, inscriptions, engravings, bits of ancient philosophy, online Latin resources and company names. There is also information about learning Latin and Greek: textbooks, dictionaries, DVDs and software that can be used in a homeschooling environment.


Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium

 
Wednesday, November 7, 2007, 12:20 - Books, dictionaries and texts, Latin Language, Latin Translation
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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 ulcers" (Taleef shereef or Indian materia medica, Oxford 1833, p. 161).

Magorium, of course, is a latinized form of 'Mogra', which is a name of a town in India. However, it is probably rather pointless to speculate on the significance of Mr. Magorium's name, since it is probably supposed to be reminiscent of 'magus'. Just another somewhat Potterian Latin-sounding concoction.

"Words", or Latin dictionary misnamed

 
Wednesday, November 7, 2007, 08:22 - Latin Language, Software, Latin Translation
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I am becoming more conscious of the importance of well-formed names for software titles. Particularly, because Whitaker's program, the interface for which I once humbly created, is properly called William Whitaker's Words. This name does not reflect the fact that the program is essentially a dictionary, but more importantly that it deals with Latin. It could be anything. Mr. Whitaker's reflections on life, an English vocabulary game, a word processor rivaling Microsoft Word, an English dictionary... Very frustrating.
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Wheelock's Latin Reader vs. 'Aeneas to Augustus'

 
Sunday, November 4, 2007, 01:01 - Books, dictionaries and texts, Latin Language, Reviews
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Quite often people seek advice regarding a good intermediate Latin reader. My suggestion:

'Aeneas to Augustus' by Mason Hammond, Anne Amory, HUP 1967.

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.

Wheelock's Reader has a limited number of writers, and the commentaries are somewhat scarce. It is still an excellent reader, but it is somewhat less rewarding, in my opinion.

University of Cambridge - a Papal Bull

 
Friday, November 2, 2007, 11:38 - World History: Ancient, Medieval & Modern, Latin Language
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The Vatican has in its possession a bull concerning the University of Cambridge ("Inter Singula") listed among the documents of interest at their Secret Archives's website. It is not clear whether they intend to publish this document at a ridiculously high price, as in case of the Chinon Parchment. Regardless, I am providing the Latin text and a translation of this interesting document. There are some small discrepancies with the Vatican text, but nothing out of the ordinary

http://www.inrebus.com/cambridgebull.php
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