Hypothesēs nōn fingō. “I make no guesses.” (Isaac Newton, Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy)
Words of Isaac Newton, who in 1687 published Philosophiae nātūrālis prīncipia mathēmatica, a discussion of gravity and the laws of motion that is oft en referred to simply as the Prīncipia and is generally considered the most important scientific work ever written. The Latin phrase above comes from a supplement to the Prīncipia. Newton’s research brought the scientific work of Copernicus, Galileo, and the German astronomer Kepler to its crowning glory. With the exception of Galileo, who wrote in both Italian and Latin, all of these illustrious and influential physical scientists wrote primarily in Latin. Latin remained the official language of scientific communication for centuries.
Nūlla terra exsilium est sed altera patria. “No land is a place of exile, but merely another native land.” (Seneca, About Remedies for Unexpected Grievances)
This thought is expressed in the Dē remediīs fortuītōrum, which is sometimes attributed to the first century CE Stoic philosopher Seneca. It articulates the characteristically Stoic idea that wise people who achieve harmony with themselves and with nature are at home anywhere. The sailors who accompanied Columbus to the New World, however, were unlikely to have been motivated by Stoic philosophy.
iPodius, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers’ downloads store, is now officially open for business. Like iTunes (but for Classics), customers can download entire albums of Latin and Greek music and recitation. One can also select individual MP3 tracks with which to build an audio curriculum as a complement to assigned readings of ancient authors.
Obtain the unabridged reading of the Iliad in Homeric Greek by Stephen G. Daitz or download Catullus 64 as read by Robert P. Sonkowsky. Purchase the newly remastered Latin Music Through the Ages as an MP3 album. Create a combination of audio files that you can download onto any computer.
Illustrated audio books by Rose Williams as read by Dr. E. Del Chrol of Marshall University are available today! Listen, watch, and read on your iPod, iPod touch, iPhone, or other handheld media player capable of playing .m4a files.
eBook versions of Latin for the New Millennium student workbooks will be made available soon, followed later in 2009 by the student textbooks. Other digital goodies will appear as they are created. In 2010, there will even be a space for teachers to sell their own material including (but not limited to) classically themed novels, classroom helps, and software programs.