Latin Quotes, Sayings, Tattoos, Phrases & Mottos

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"Spartacus: Blood and Sand" - word of caution regarding the "Fugitivus" tattoo

 
Saturday, January 29, 2011, 12:11 - Latin Language, Popular Latin Phrases, Mottos, Slogans
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According to the makers of the Starz series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" they employ two historical consultants. Perhaps one of them should have noticed that the tattoo gracing the forehead of the gladiator named Kerza is quite anachronistic. "Fugitivus" is indeed a Latin word for "runaway". Sadly though, the distinction between V and U would have seemed very strange to Romans. The two letters that we all know and love were used in Ancient Rome interchangeably and were never distinguished.Using V for a consonant and U for a vowel is a practice that only began in earnest during Renaissance times. (Wikipedia cites 1386 as the first occurrence, in a Gothic alphabet). As a result the correct way of spelling Fugitivus on poor Kerza's bold forehead would have been FVGITIVVS or FUGITIUUS. Folks, be advised as you decide to adorn your own foreheads with this one-word movie quote!

Three words in Latin!

 
Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 14:45 - Latin Language
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Just a reminder, folks. Given the recent popularity of three word descriptions (threewords.me, anyone?), keep in mind that you can easily come up with Latin tripartite phrases, even if you don't know Latin:

Latin motto generator

By the way, in classical rhetorics three word descriptions are properly called hendiatris.

Friendship quotes (in Latin with English translations)

 
Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 19:04 - Best Latin Quotes, Words of Wisdom, Proverbs and Sayings, Latin Language
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The ancients valued friendship above romantic love and very often above family connections. It had a lot to do with how Greek and Roman society operated, as well as a whole lot of other factors. I have collected a number of Latin quotes about friendship, mostly from Classical times. Enjoy, friends!

Friendship quotes in Latin

Latin-English Dictionary

 
Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 17:04 - Books, dictionaries and texts, Latin Language
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My Latin Assistant for Whitaker's Latin Words remains to be one of the most popular programs for Latinists worldwide. It is, however, limited to Windows users. Many people, myself included, sometimes want to have a Latin dictionary that can be used across various platforms (even an iPhone!). So, I decided to create a Latin-English dictionary based on W. Whitaker's wordlist. It is in PDF format and I colorized the entries and grammatical information, so it is easier to use. Naturally, this dictionary inherits whatever problems may exist in the original file, but it can still be extremely useful.



Latin-English Dictionary

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