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.


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Painting of Rome

 
Wednesday, July 9, 2008, 22:27 - Fine Arts
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About a month ago someone approached me regarding the origin of the painting that is displayed in the header of my site. To my dismay, I completely forgot where I got it from. I think it's an Italian master from the XVIII century, but I could be wrong. Maybe French? Most likely I found the picture on Wikipedia, but I was unable to locate it again. The original file is gone and with it any possibility of me finding out the name of the painter. Yes, I am not an art connoisseur... If someone could kindly enlighten me on this account I would be most appreciative!

Home library design

 
Tuesday, July 8, 2008, 13:23 - Books, dictionaries and texts, Fine Arts
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Very few things warm up my heart quite as much as nice pictures of home libraries. At present, I cannot afford allocating a single room for books and books only, but that would sure be nice! Naturally, anyone with a flair for the classics can very easily fill up half a dozen tall bookcases without even thinking too much. Let's see. All Loebs, a good portion of OCTs, some blue Teubners, major works on Virgil, an assortment of Sources Chrétiennes for good measure... Most of the basic reference books I already have: OCD, OLD, a bunch of grammars. I even have several nice bookends with Classical motifs... Maybe this day will come...



See also:
Home Library - various articles
Some exquisite home libraries in pictures

The Rape of Sabine Women ("Sobbin' Women") -- Popular Culture Rendition of the Myth

 
Thursday, May 1, 2008, 13:44 - Fine Arts, Jokes and anecdotes, World History: Ancient, Medieval & Modern
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Tell ya 'bout them sobbin' women
Who lived in the Roman days.
It seems that they all went swimmin'
While their men was off to graze.
Well, a Roman troop was ridin' by
And saw them in their "me oh my",
So they took 'em all back home to dry.
Least that's what Plutarch says.
Oh yes!


Lyrics

The movie is "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (1954)




How I learned to identify Roman coins

 
Wednesday, February 13, 2008, 18:13 - Fine Arts, World History: Ancient, Medieval & Modern
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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.austincollege.edu, typed 'soldiers' in the search box and got a list of coins with pictures, some of which resembled mine. Done deal! The emperor was Constantine II and the motto on the coin was Gloria Exercitus - 'Glory of the Army'.

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