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Harvard faculty to the rescue! Kathleen Coleman and the makers of "Gladiator"

Monday, March 3, 2008, 16:27 - Learn Latin Language, Popular Latin Phrases, Mottos, Slogans
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A lengthy, but quite interesting article about some experiences of Harvard faculty members, who are often called upon to help out with Latin (from translating mottos to consulting movie-makers).

Kathleen Coleman's short-lived experience as a consultant for the movie "Gladiator" is especially amusing:

She recalled one exchange between the filmmakers in a 2005 Financial Times article: “Kathy, we need to get a piece of evidence which proves that women gladiators had sharpened razor blades attached to their nipples. Could you have it by lunchtime?”

“That was not a very good experience for her,” department administrator Teresa T. Wu said. “I think she won’t work with Hollywood again.”

I sure hope this article does not result in more people calling the Classics Department with questions they could have resolved otherwise.

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