InRebus Blog

  1. John XXII, Pope of Rome, at the request of King Edward II granted this bull to the University of Cambridge. It seems to be qute similar to the document that the Vatican has on display.

  2. Most famous quote attributed to Cicero does not exist in his works. Yes, the one that says that a room without books is like a body without a soul.

  3. This phrase is actually a magic spell, supposed to alleviate pain and suffering caused by torture. Well, maybe. Maybe not. The Latin language is the one being tortured here, because the original phrase looked like this (a little piece of Medieval poetry)

  4. This very famous palindrome, written in a square, is usually interpreted in such a way that rotas is taken as Accusative Plural of rota.)

  5. I was unable to find this text online, but it should definitely be in public domain, as it was first published in 1899. If you have never read this before, keep in mind that the poem gets really good closer to its middle.

  6. Company names are so recognizable as such and so familiar sounding that it takes a special effort to notice their Latin roots. I trust these little snippets of corporate Latin may be useful for teaching Latin. One root at a time.

  7. Shortly after returning from exile in 58 B.C.E., Cicero sent a brief note to Atticus with the sole purpose of requesting his friend's assistance in arranging his library. This letter and a few others that followed it, became a source of some conjectures about the specifics of bookmaking in classical Rome and Greece.

  8. A short but magnificently funny poem about Statius, Silver age Roman writer.

  9. To me, slogan is a funny word with an almost non-Indoeuropean ring to it. Where does it really come from?