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.


Propertius' love elegies

 
Saturday, December 1, 2007, 18:27 - Latin Translation
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Added a few lines from Propertius to the Love Poems page. He is quite good, but sometimes gets a little too racy. For now, I will stay away from a few of his elegies. I am all too mindful what 'carmen et error' did to Ovid...

Latin Love poetry

Italian and Spanish through Latin

 
Saturday, December 1, 2007, 14:14 - Latin Derivatives, Roots, Word Origins, Learn Latin Language
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It took me some time to find a document that neatly summarizes everything one needs to know pertaining to learning Italian through Latin. They also threw in Spanish, but I won't complain :) To locate this PDF I had to actually search for something like clamo chiamo Latin Italian, thus proving the old (Platonic, in a sense) idea that one can only learn something that he/she already knows.

Note: this is a PDF document, so it is best to save it, or at least open directly in Acrobat. My computer sometimes freezes while opening PDFs in a browser window.

http://roserwilliams.com/Spanish%20and% ... 0Latin.pdf

She flies with her own wings

 
Thursday, November 29, 2007, 20:53 - Latin Language, Latin Translation, Popular Latin Phrases, Mottos, Slogans, State mottos
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Alis volat propriis
She flies with her own wings


I am becoming more convinced that if one wants to adopt a good motto it is best to start with a classical quotation. Reasons? See above - the Oregon state motto. I was not able to find any related quotation in the body of Latin literature, both classical and medieval.

Honestly, would it make much sense if someone attempted to fly not by her or his own wings? What does this even mean? Is it a sign of some great achievement, to fly with your own wings? It's like speaking with your own voice and so on. I suppose this reveals some degree of self-sufficiency, but not exactly enough to be perceived as a personal trait that would get you noticed...

Blogger's vocabulary

 
Thursday, November 29, 2007, 02:25 - Latin Language, Latin Translation, Medical Latin Terminology
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Vomitione urgente - Vomiting being severe.

Sometimes, these are exactly the words one searches for while participating in an online discussion. I would even abbreviate it to VU.
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