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The majority of texts and materials on this site have something to do with the Latin language, including its perception and use in popular culture (Latin quotes, tattoos, mottos, engravings, inscriptions etc). Among the highlights are a free Latin Dictionary Assistant (a Windows interface for W. Whitaker's "Latin Words"), Latin Love poems, a Latin Motto Generator, Latin quotes & phrases, Antique engraved rings, and Legal Latin phrases, quotes & writs. Enjoy!


Chambers Murray Latin-English Dictionary

 
Friday, February 20, 2009, 19:47 - Books, dictionaries and texts
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I was recently asked by a friend who is just starting to learn Latin what dictionary I would recommend. To my own surprise, I found myself in the position of someone who wholeheartedly suggests something that he does not in fact possess! Not only I do not own a copy of Chambers Murray Latin-English Dictionary, I have passed a chance of buying it at a very low price when my local bookstore was cleaning up the inventory. Nevertheless, this is the one to have. This dictionary is quite different from a plethora of toy dictionaries that you can pick up for a few bucks just about at any given bookstore. This is a serious lexicographical tool. Not only the definitions are quite lucid, but you also have the benefit of additional info about the usage of particular words in specific authors. Also, this dictionary only has the Latin-English part. Why anyone would ever want an English-Latin dictionary as a part of a standard reference book, is beyond me. Even if you plan to take a course on Latin composition, you should get a real English-Latin dictionary and not use the second half of a cheap Latin-English lexicon.

Now, as for the reason why I do not own this edition, I simply invested into heftier volumes, such as Oxford Latin Dictionary and some specialized dictionaries. But if you are just starting with Latin, keep this one in mind.

Philosophic terminology in Latin

 
Sunday, February 8, 2009, 01:41 - Latin Translation, Latin Words - Meanings and Definitions, Philosophy
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I have published a first pass of a new word list: Philosophical terminology in Latin. It would is a nearly impossible task to come up with a comprehensive dictionary of Latin terms used in any particular setting. Philosophical Latin is highly technical and individual philosophers often adapted existing terms for their own needs. Still, it is my hope that this wordlist will be useful to someone just starting to read philosophic works in the original Latin. Most of these terms were used in medieval texts, because Ancient Rome never matched Greece as a center of philosophic studies. Roman philosophy was rather eclectic, even at its best (Lucretius, for example). This list of terms (over 500 entries!) generally only includes individual words and notions, leaving aside common sayings such as "Cogito ergo sum" etc. I am considering making a separate list of such phrases.

Philosophy: Latin terms with translations.


Geron corporation - does the name say it all?

 
Friday, January 23, 2009, 17:41 - Ancient Greek Language
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I have previously written about the use of ancient languages in modern company names: Company names: never boring!. So, here comes another one. Geron.

Geron is a Greek word that literally means "old one", "old man", "Elder". If you ask me, a pretty strange image for a company. Wouldn't one rather see the ideas of innovation and modernity to be oozing from a company that has anything to do with technology. According the the company website, "Geron is developing first-in-class biopharmaceuticals for the treatment of cancer and chronic degenerative diseases, including spinal cord injury, heart failure and diabetes." I have to assume that their initial interest in the name was influenced by the term "gerontology", but there is something nefarious in the face of the old man that appears in the company's promotional materials. The company's role in stem-cell research thus becomes something straight from sci-fi: (white) old men preying on the young. Well, we shall see...



"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

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