Latin Quotes, Sayings, Tattoos, Phrases & Mottos

Latin language and the vicinities, painting of Rome


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!


Virgil Encyclopedia

 
Sunday, June 16, 2013, 11:12 - Books, dictionaries and texts
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My corrections for "The Virgil Encyclopedia" have gone through. A truly worthwhile endeavor. Just wish it was not so expensive! I am lucky to have the PDF proofs for future reference. Sadly, there will not be too many new projects like that resulting in paper books. That time has passed...

"Latin" inscription on a dog bowl

 
Sunday, February 17, 2013, 12:39 - Bad Latin Quote Alerts
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Bought this the other day without looking too closely. Nice fleur-de-lis bowl. Imagine my surprise when I realized that this object proudly displays a small heraldic achievement with this motto: Diligo meus canis - Love my dog - Diligo meus canis. If you know any Latin at all you should notice two glaring grammatical errors. Meus and canis are taken in their standard dictionary forms, as is diligo, but the gods of Latin smiled upon the creators of the bowl, because the dictionary form for verbs just happens to be grammatically correct in this context... Diligo meum canem would be much better. As ridiculous as Google Translate is, it would have produced a much more acceptable result.

Liberation Philology Apps for Latin and Greek

 
Saturday, July 14, 2012, 18:26 - Ancient Greek Language, Latin Language
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Greek and Latin apps for iOS are often somewhat disappointing. "Liberation Philology" apps don't promise much, but they certainly deliver. They actually make several apps for a number of languages, all based on the same engine. Even Old Norse can now be studied on an iPad. For our purposes, Latin and Greek are sufficient. The design of the apps is very simple. You can choose to study Vocabulary, Nouns or Verbs. There are also paradigms that you can review. The app has a nice flow to it (I tested the Greek version). You don't have to make too many selections while using it. I did not see any errors, although at first I missed the fact that there are two types of questions for verb parsing. Sometimes you have to identify a form and sometimes you are asked to pick the form that corresponds to a specific morphological description.

Liberation philology apps easily get lost when you simply search the AppStore for Latin or Greek. So, if this is something that you might be interested in, check them out. They are not free, but still not expensive ($2.99).

Searchable database of Latin phrases

 
Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 15:59 - Best Latin Quotes, Words of Wisdom, Proverbs and Sayings, Software
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Happy to announce that my new searchable database of Latin quotations is up and running! The interface is very simple and intuitive, you only need Flash installed on your computer (a standalone version is possible, but I am not currently planning on making one). You can search for Latin or English words. Please, try it out and let everybody know about this new tool:

Latin phrases. A searchable database.

If you have ideas for other Latin software projects, don't hesitate to contact me.

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