Tuesday, September 29, 2009

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a.d. III Kal. Oct.

Numen lumen (University of Wisconsin)
Literal translation: God (is) light

Remember that numen meant “God” or “Providence” in the motto of Colorado, nil sine Numine, “nothing without God”? If you do, it will be easy for you to remember that numen means “God” in this motto. Lumen is also an interesting word choice. It means “light,” but it refers to lamplight while lux is daylight. “Lumen” is actually an English word for a unit of measurement used for light emission. “Luminous” in English means “bright” or “shining.”

From Elizabeth Heimbach's book Latin Everywhere, Everyday

Thursday, September 24, 2009

a.d. VII Kal. Oct.


Nōn enim tam praeclārum est scīre Latīnē quam turpe nescīre.
“It is not as praiseworthy to know Latin as it is shameful not to know it.” (Cicero, Brutus, 37.140)

In this dialogue about oratory, Cicero makes this famous remark, when characterizing the unaffected speech of an orator a generation older than himself, named Marcus Antonius. Cicero observes that although this man gave the impression of speaking in a casual manner, his Latin was pure and correct.

From Latin for the New Millennium

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

a.d. IX Kal. Oct.

The tracks from Cicero's First Catilinarian: A Digital Tutor.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

a.d. X Kal. Oct.

Quod nimis miseri volunt, hoc facile credunt.

This and other sententiae in Latin Proverbs.

Friday, September 18, 2009

a.d. XIV Kal. Oct.

America the Beautiful

Com caela ampla, lutei
Sint campi tui, cum
Sint montes tui splendidi,
Solum frugiferum,
America, America,
Defendat Deus te,
Det pacem titi ubivis,
Successum hac de re!

Taken from Latine Cantemus and available on Carmina Popularia.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

a.d. XV Kal. Oct.


Nōlēns volēns.
Literally, “unwillingly or willingly,” the English “willy-nilly” tries to capture the
eff ect of the Latin.

From Latin for the New Millennium

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

a.d. XVI Kal. Oct.

1. You are Odysseus, one of the premier warriors who fought at Troy. The Cyclops will prove a formidable opponent, but you will not shrink from a battle with him.

2. You are wily Odysseus, the inventor of the ruse of the Trojan Horse. The wit of the Cyclops is no match for yours; you can trick him into letting you leave.

3. You are patient Odysseus. Ten years at Troy, always missing Penelope and Telemachus, has taught you the value of patience. Another day or two to ensure your return seems a simple sacrifice.

If you choose to attack the Cyclops, turn to page 3.
If you choose to trick the Cyclops, turn to page 17.
If you choose to wait for your opportunity to escape, turn to page 86.

What choice will you make? Follow your fate here.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

a.d. XVII Kal. Oct.

cum grano salis

Literal translation: with a grain of salt
More common meaning: with a little disbelief, not too seriously
In an English sentence: I took my friend’s boasting cum grano salis.

You treat something cum grano salis when it sounds a little too good to be true. Similarly, when you take something lightly instead of seriously, you are taking it cum grano salis.

From Elizabeth Heimbach's book Latin Everywhere, Everyday

Friday, September 11, 2009

a.d. III Id. Sep.

But Enkidu is resurrected quickly
to relieve his soul of fright
and sadly he asks Gilgamesh in tears:
"Oh brother, why would I dream that gods sat round to set my fate?"

From Danny Jackson's translation of The Epic of Gilgamesh.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

a.d. IV Id. Sep.


Obsequium amīcōs, vēritās odium parit.
“Indulgence produces friends, the truth hatred.” (Terence, The Woman of Andros, 68)

The Roman playwright Terence expressed this bitter observation about human nature.

From Latin for the New Millennium

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

a.d. V Id. Sep.

Novus rex, nova lex.
–Aesop's Fables

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

Friday, September 04, 2009

Non. Sep.

Oh, When the Saints Go Marching In

Cum intrant caelum sancti,
Cum intrant caelum sancti,
Annumerari in his velim,
Cum intrant caelum sancti.

Cum lucent caeli stellae…

Cum lucet lunae lumen…

Taken from Latine Cantemus and available on Carmina Popularia.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

pridie Non. Sep.


Eheu . . . fugācēs lābuntur annī!
“Alas . . . the fleeting years pass away.” (Horace, Odes 2.14.1)

From Latin for the New Millennium

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

a.d. III Non. Sep.

factotum n., pl. factotums [Med. L. from L. fac do, make (1); totum the whole, all (2): Do all or the whole.] 1. An all-purpose servant. A person employed to do every kind of work. A person entrusted with diverse responsibilities. The tenants tired of dealing with a factotum instead of with the landlord himself. 2. Printing. A very big decorative capital letter.

From Word Dictionary of Foreign Expressions.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

The Journey of Odysseus

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illustrated by Drian Delandro Hardison

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