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.


Index Librorum Prohibitorum

 
Tuesday, February 12, 2008, 17:31 - Books, dictionaries and texts, World History: Ancient, Medieval & Modern, Jokes and anecdotes
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I found Index Librorum Prohibitorum at a bookstore a few weeks ago. Not very old and quite moderately priced. Still, I resisted buying it, having wisely determined that these editions must be plentifully represented online. And here it is:

http://books.google.com/books?id=xuECAAAAQAAJ

Really, weren't these Indices the first bestseller lists?

Of arms and the man I sing - a trifle of numerology

 
The number of books in Homer's "Iliad": 24.
The number of books in Homer's "Odyssey": 24

The number of words in the opening passage of Virgil's Aeneid, the poem justly believed to incorporate the themes of Homer's two great epic works: 48 (24+24).


Arma virumque cano, Troiae qui primus ab oris
Italiam fato profugus Laviniaque venit
litora, multum ille et terris iactatus et alto
vi superum, saevae memorem Iunonis ob iram,
multa quoque et bello passus, dum conderet urbem
inferretque deos Latio; genus unde Latinum
Albanique patres atque altae moenia Romae.


See also:
Roman numerals in numerology

Knowledge is power - original source of the quote

 
Sunday, February 10, 2008, 14:08 - Books, dictionaries and texts, Popular Latin Phrases, Mottos, Slogans
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This maxim attributed to Francis Bacon is very often quoted as Scientia est potentia. Perhaps a little too inspired by this motto, I decided to gain knowledge about the original quote, and, to my surprise, found none. There is this phrase, however, used very much passingly and literally parenthetically in De Haeresibus: (nam & ipsa scientia potestas est). But, I suppose, this phrase expresses the gist of Bacon's philosophy better than any other. Still, it should be probably quoted a little closer to the source: Scientia potestas est. Also, potestas sounds a bit more classical, at least to my ear.


Philip Pullman's book titles

 
Friday, February 8, 2008, 11:54 - Books, dictionaries and texts, Jokes and anecdotes
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The Amber Spyglass
The Golden Compass
The Subtle Knife...


"The Subtle Knife"??? Am I the only one who finds this title hilarious? I could not resist coming up with a few good and solid book titles for Mr. Pullman:

"The Indignant Crayon"
"The Voracious Chronometer"
"The Pliant Inkwell"
"The Learned Kettle"
"The Knotted Street Map"
"The Capricious Thermos"
"The Flamboyant Screwdriver"

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