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.


The Iliad - an autographed copy!

 
Sunday, November 6, 2011, 00:51 - Ancient Greek Language, Jokes and anecdotes
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That's right, an autographed copy of "The Iliad"! Found at the local bookstore. One might suspect that it is a fake, because Homer was reputedly blind.

To make it perfectly clear, I understand that any translator is entitled to autographing copies of his work. But am I not equally entitled to a little chuckle?

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

Good midwifery tip from Pliny

 
Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 12:18 - Jokes and anecdotes, Latin Translation, Medical Latin Terminology
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Ferunt difficiles partus statim solvi, cum quis tectum, in quo sit gravida, transmiserit lapide vel missili ex iis, qui III animalia singulis ictibus interfecerint, hominem, aprum, ursum.

It is said that labor complications are solved at once when a stone that has been used to kill three living souls at three blows: a human being, a boar and a bear, is thrown over the roof of the house where there is a pregnant woman.

(Natural History, 28.33)

Via: Cabinet of Roman Curiosities


Cato on achieving maximum profit

 
Friday, September 10, 2010, 22:34 - Jokes and anecdotes
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In his Essay on Duties, Marcus Tullius Cicero tells a story about Cato the Elder.

One day Cato was asked, what is the most profitable aspect of property ownership? Cato answered, "Raising livestock with great success." He was then asked about the second most profitable aspect of ownership. "Raising livestock with some success," he answered. And what about the third most profitable aspect? "Raising livestock with little success." And the fourth? "Raising crops." Then his questioner asked, "What about money-lending?" Cato replied, "What about murder?"

Via McKeown's "A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the World's Greatest Empire". Certainly heard this anecdote several times before, but like it nonetheless.

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

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