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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.


King Charles' motto

 
Saturday, November 13, 2010, 13:44 - Poetry, Literature, Music, Popular Latin Phrases, Mottos, Slogans
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Not talking about any historic King Charles here, but rather about the British musician whose stage name betrays his royal aspirations (actually, this makes me wonder whether England has any laws that discourage individuals who call themselves kings or queens). King Charles was part of the opening act during the recent Mumford & Sons tour. Did a pretty nice job, I think. On his MySpace site there is a header with a Latin motto: In mundo, sed non de mundo. - In the world, but not of the world. Note the distinct Christian connotations. Just another idea for someone researching Latin quotes for tattoos, mottos and what have you.

By the way, if anyone finds King Charles' mp3s for sale other than the EP entitled "Alone on the throne", I'd like to know about that.

Aeneid - the Facebook version

 
Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 14:56 - Jokes and anecdotes, Poetry, Literature, Music
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I simply cannot let anyone miss this one. Too funny.

* Dido changed her relationship status to Married.
* Aeneas changed his relationship status to It's Complicated.

This is probably the only Facebook page that is worth seeing. Ever.

Aeneid as a Facebook page

"Love conquers all" in Norse runes

 
Friday, December 12, 2008, 16:34 - Best Latin Quotes, Words of Wisdom, Proverbs and Sayings, Poetry, Literature, Music
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Among a very entertaining collection of actual Norse runic love quotes there is one that comes from Virgil, the famous "Love conquers all":



omnia:uinciž:am(or):ęž:nos:cedamus:amor(i)
Omnia vincit amor, et nos cedamus amori
‘Love conquers all; let us too yield to love.’

I don't know what time the original inscription is attributed to, but the entire corpus is from 1150-1350. The discovery was made in Bergen, Norway.

See: Runic Love Quotes

Symbola et Emblemata: Quod facile emergit, non est durabile

 
I am going to post a series of pictures from a French book entitled "Emblesmes d'Amour". As one might guess, the book contains short love quotes along with with engravings full of symbolism. Brief interpretative discussions also follow, but I've decided to leave them out for now.

Quod facile emergit, non est durabile
That which emerges easily, is not durable



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