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.


Wheelock's Latin Reader vs. 'Aeneas to Augustus'

 
Sunday, November 4, 2007, 01:01 - Books, dictionaries and texts, Latin Language, Reviews
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Quite often people seek advice regarding a good intermediate Latin reader. My suggestion:

'Aeneas to Augustus' by Mason Hammond, Anne Amory, HUP 1967.

It provides a good selection of original texts with ample and precise notes. You will get to read most of Rome's famous writers and poets - usually their most popular passages.

Wheelock's Reader has a limited number of writers, and the commentaries are somewhat scarce. It is still an excellent reader, but it is somewhat less rewarding, in my opinion.

University of Cambridge - a Papal Bull

 
Friday, November 2, 2007, 11:38 - World History: Ancient, Medieval & Modern, Latin Language
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The Vatican has in its possession a bull concerning the University of Cambridge ("Inter Singula") listed among the documents of interest at their Secret Archives's website. It is not clear whether they intend to publish this document at a ridiculously high price, as in case of the Chinon Parchment. Regardless, I am providing the Latin text and a translation of this interesting document. There are some small discrepancies with the Vatican text, but nothing out of the ordinary

http://www.inrebus.com/cambridgebull.php
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Latin phrases

 
Wednesday, October 31, 2007, 19:49 - Latin Language, Legal Phrases and Expressions, Popular Latin Phrases, Mottos, Slogans
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I started working on a page of Latin mottos, phrases and quotations in popular use. After correcting a ton of errors many still remain, I am sure. I will keep adding more phrases there. Fortunately, I have a lot of sources for this kind of thing.

http://www.inrebus.com/latinphrases_a.php
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Per aspera ad astra

 
Wednesday, October 31, 2007, 14:39 - Latin Language, Popular Latin Phrases, Mottos, Slogans
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Per aspera ad astra (sometimes 'per ardua ad astra' etc.) - Through hardships to the stars. I wonder how this motto has been overlooked by UFO enthusiasts. Really, what possible use would anyone prior to the 20th century have for a phrase so vividly referring to space exploration? Did Virgil's 'sic itur ad astra' ('in such a manner one goes to the stars') imply the Romans' familiarity with interstellar voyages? Or how about continuous use of the verb 'to fly' when referring to merely visiting one's friends, as found in Cicero? Also, note that in Latin 'altus' means both 'high' and 'deep'. It's as if for the Ancient Romans top and bottom were interchangeable, just like they are in space!

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