Two thousand years ago, when the Romans ruled a vast empire whose inhabitants spoke all sorts of different languages, many of those inhabitants wanted to learn Latin. So they signed up for Latin classes, where they learned using textbooks containing little dialogues about everyday life.Read More
The grand humanist Erasmus of Rotterdam gave great advice on how to learn expressions, sayings, and proverbs. In this article, I'll show you how to adapt his easy method to learn the Latin vocabulary of everyday things.Read More
Die undecimo mensis Februarii anni 2017, cum nives regionem Flandricam leviter tangebant, annuus conventus magistrorum linguarum classicarum lares suos migravit. Moderatores enim locum consuetum in studiorum universitate Lovaniensi mutaverant pro campo studiorum universitatis Antverpiensis ut participes per totum diem non solum acroases audirent de lingua Latina necnon Græca vivo more tractandis, sed etiam ut experirentur quomodo ipsi tales vias ad bonum effectum adhiberent.Read More
The English-Latin dictionary of Smith & Hall, originally published in 1871 under the title A Copious and Critical English-Latin Dictionary, is widely regarded as the best and most extensive lexicon for translating from English into Latin ever written. It is now available as a digital version on Latinitium.comRead More
Has this ever happened to you?
You're happily reading a Latin text when you come across a word you're not sure about.
You open the dictionary, look up the word, learn the definition, go back to reading.
A little further down you stumble on another word. Same thing. Look up the word, learn the… and confusion sets in. The two words have basically the same definition.
"What's the difference?" "Is there a difference?"
After reading this article you'll know how to solve these age-old questions.Read More
Even before the Aeneid’s “publication,” news had gotten out that Vergil was working on something truly grand. Propertius had heard a few verses, which so moved the Umbrian poet that he broke the secret in one of his elegies. Now Augustus wanted to hear the epic: not just scraps, but a proper book, or three. The Mantuan bard obliged – did he have a choice? The VIP audience assembled for a private recitation, andRead More
To help people struggling to find short interesting Latin texts, we’ve decided to start publishing a new podcast series with short 1–5 minute episodes where we will aim to provide recordings of texts from a variety of periods, genres and levels.Read More
De eo dicere institui, qui, verum ut confitear, non homo est habendus sed humanitatis monumentum; eius enim scripta spatio duum milium annorum, omnes legerunt, pauci reprehenderunt, plerique vero imitari sunt conati, quicumque Latine scripserunt.Read More
Things have changed in the world of Latin since I started to teach myself to speak Latin many years ago. Now there is a wide selection of immersion-style summer courses in Latin (and a few in ancient Greek) where the participants only speak Latin or Greek.Read More
Possessing a compendious knowledge of the physical world was easier in the old days than it is today. Not so very long ago, all human knowledge could be housed within the brain of one single human being. All this knowledge, moreover, was expressed in one single…Read More
Cur res prorsus barbaricas in sede Latina tractem, fortasse requiritis; nec iniuria. Quaenam causa sit, brevi aperietur, namque in animo est docere qua via runae originem ex litteris Latinis duxerint. Quo ut perveniam, ex diversis scriptoribus Latinis, velut Tacito et Venantio Fortunato, eruta non ingrata proferam in lucem.Read More
Latinists have recently been studying these things with interesting results. We now know more about linguistic accommodation in Latin, or how the status or identity of the addressee and speaker affected what a Roman said, we understand better Cicero’s letter writing practice, specifically, what kinds of scripts were available to him in making certain kinds of weighty requests, and how…Read More
Incolae terrarum septentrionalium antiqui, litteras Latinas lectitaverunt et nonnumquam in patriam suam linguam verterunt. Certe summo in honore habebantur auctores medii ut vocatur aevi, velut Petrus Comestor et Iacobus de Voragine. Tamen…Read More
His proximis diebus studiosissime Aululariam, fabulam Plauti, legi et excussi. Quam cum legerem facere non poteram quin multas locutiones seu iuncturas verborum haud inutiles, suasu Plinii Maioris, excerperem. Neque mihi abs re videbatur aliqua verba iucunda necnon utilia in medium vobis proferre itaque em vobis septem locutiones…Read More
For the last few years I've been on the look out for any and all videos of skilled Latin speakers to listen to. The amount of recordings of speeches and lectures held in Latin is increasing rapidly, making exposing ourselves to immense amounts Latin easier than ever.Read More
Today I thought I'd present a technique I use when I don't have the time to read an hour a day. This technique is not only about reading but about really mastering a piece of text and making it your own. When I've done this, I've found I know the expressions and structures almost off by heart.Read More