Friday, August 28, 2009

a.d. V Kal. Sep.


Rādīx omnium malōrum est cupiditās.
“The root of all evil is greed.” (I Timothy 6.10)

Paul made this famous statement in the first of his letters to Timothy. Th e text is quoted from the Latin translation of the scriptures, known as the Vulgate, which was mostly the work of Jerome, and completed in the fourth century CE.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

a.d. VII Kal. Sep.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

a.d. VIII Kal. Sep.

Cicada cicadae cara, formicae formica.
–Aesop's Fables

From Laura Gibbs' book, Aesop's Fables in Latin.

Friday, August 21, 2009

a.d. XII Kal. Sep.


Nec sine tē nec tēcum vīvere possum.
“I can live neither without you nor with you.” (Ovid, Love Affairs, 3.11b.7)

A witty description of the emotional difficulties that love brings. Ovid dramatizes the eternal and irreconcilable conflicts typical of human love affairs. It emphasizes that physical beauty makes the beloved desirable not only to the lover, but to others as well; the beloved’s appearance, therefore, may also be a cause of anxiety. What is more, even if the behavior of the beloved causes resentment in the lover, it may also lead to greater desire, to the point where the lover feels subjected to the beloved, in a form of painful but welcome servitude. The reading in this chapter deals with one of the most celebrated and tragic love stories of all time.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

a.d. XIII Kal. Sep.

Cockles and Mussels

Dublini puellae
Sunt eximie bellae.
Est harum bellissima
Molly Malone.
Carrum suum promevebat,
Clamorem edebat,
Clamitabat "Sunt bona
Conchylia mea!"
Clamitabat "Sunt bona",
Clamitabat "Sunt bona",
Clamitabat "Sunt bona
Conchylia mea!"

Taken from Latine Cantemus.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Clay-footed SuperHeroes

The Clay-footed SuperHeroes

by Rose Williams

Designed for students unfamiliar with the classical world, The Clay-footed SuperHeroes provides a very accessible introduction to the SuperHeroes of classical mythology including such luminaries as Jason, Theseus, Heracles, Odysseus, and Aeneas. Student and general reader alike will enjoy Williams’ wry sense of humor and her appreciation for the improbable. This book is an excellent text of manageable size and complexity for students beginning their study of literature, the humanities, or Latin and Greek. General readers will be pleased to acquire the foundation necessary to understand these stories which have so influenced art and literature through the ages.

  • Narrative chronologically introduces the heroes, their families, and their adventures
  • Special Note on the Roman counterparts to the Greek gods
  • Glossary of Latin and special terms used in text
  • 12 Black & White Illustrations
  • Two Maps: Odysseus’ Adventures & Aeneas’ Journey to Rome

A longtime Latin instructor at the high school and university level, Rose Williams holds degrees from Baylor University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with post graduate work in Latin and the Humanities at the University of Dallas and the University of Texas in Arlington. On a Rockefeller Grant she did research at the Bodleian Library of Oxford University in England and at the University of Pisa. She is the author of numerous classics textbooks and teaching guides as well as humorous books of Latin phrases. She serves on various classics consultant boards and maintains a website,, devoted to Latin teaching materials.

x + 70pp. (2009) Paperback, ISBN 978-0-86516-719-3

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

a.d. XV Kal. Sep.

Fenos imponit linguae conscientia.
–Publilius Syrus

Friday, August 14, 2009

a.d. XIX Kal. Sep.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Id. Aug.

mens rea n. [L. mens mind, purpose, intention (2); rea guilty, answerable (1): guilty mind.] Law. Criminal intent/purpose. An act alone cannot make a person criminally responsible, unless it is accompanied by mens rea. See actus non facit etc.

From Word Dictionary of Foreign Expressions

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

pridie Id. Aug.


Sacrum Rōmānum imperium.
“Holy Roman Empire.”

The Holy Roman Empire continued the empire founded in 800 CE by Charlemagne, who revived the title of Roman Empire in Western Europe. Charlemagne’s successors, the Carolingians, considered the Roman Empire suspended, rather than ended, by the abdication in 476 CE by Romulus Augustus. As a phrase, “Holy Roman Empire” designated a political entity that originated with the coronation of the German king Otto I as emperor and survived until Francis II renounced the imperial title in 1806.

From Latin for the New Millennium

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

a.d. III Id. Aug.

Ignavis semper feriae sunt.
–Aesop's Fables

From Laura Gibbs' book, Aesop's Fables in Latin.

Friday, August 07, 2009

a.d. VII Id. Aug.


Nēmō mē impūne lacessit.
“Nobody provokes me with impunity.”

A Royal Scottish motto which is inscribed on Scottish pound coins. According to an ancient legend, an enemy soldier attacking Scottish territory stepped on a thistle and shouted in pain.

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Thursday, August 06, 2009

a.d. VIII Id. Aug.

Felicem diem mihi!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Non. Aug.

bel canto n. [It. bel beautiful, pretty (1); canto song (2): beautiful song.] Music. A form of traditional Italian vocal music, especially opera, which emphasizes a refined and beautiful tone and careful technique. The works of Rossini and Donizetti are perennial favorites of Italian bel canto.

From Word Dictionary of Foreign Expressions

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

pridie Non. Aug.

Cineri gloria sera venit.

Monday, August 03, 2009

a.d. III Non. Aug.


Tempora mūtantur et nōs mūtāmur in illīs.
“Times are changing and we are changing in them.”

This well-known line of verse probably dates from some time in the Middle Ages, and concisely expresses the recognition that human life and human beings change and are changeable.

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