Posts tagged Cicero
Omnia Vincit Amor: Love in ancient Rome

"Omnia vincit amor", or "Amor vincit omnia" as it is sometimes written, is one of history's most famous romantic expressions. It is also one of the most frequently used Latin phrases today. In this article, you will learn more about this quote from Virgil's pastoral poem and the man who uttered it. You will read about Roman love, about duties, despairs, longings, and love-sickness.

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Iacta Alea Est: Crossing the Rubicon

"Iacta alea est", or “alea iacta est”, is one of history's most famous quotes. It is also an old Latin expression, a battle cry and an ancient proverb. In this article you will learn more about this saying from Suetonius' biography of Julius Caesar and how to use the expression. You will get to know its origin, the situation in which it was used - if it was ever used at all - learn more about the Civil War between Caesar and Pompey, find out about Roman dice and maybe find the Rubicon. 

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Invita Minerva: Going against a Goddess

Have you ever done something against Minerva's will or "Invita Minerva" as Cicero would have put it? This Latin expression is about going against a goddess. Learn more about how Cicero used this expression, about a tip from Horace, about this expression, its meaning and even its use in more recent days and its popularity amongst poets.

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Mihi aqua haeret: Cicero at a stand

When modern people are at a stand, the Romans would have their water stop. This article discuss the expression mihi aqua haeret and its use and possible origins. It will look at Cicero’s use of it and put the expression in context, i.e. give you an insight to ancient water clocks.

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Nemo saltat sobrius: Dancing in Ancient Rome

Nemo saltat sobrius is one of the most famous lines in history, and was uttered by none other than Cicero himself. This Latin expression, or proverb if you will, about drunken dancing and the context in which it was uttered gives away quite a lot about how the Romans viewed dancing.

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Hastas abicere

If you ever feel like giving up, but want to express that in Latin, you should turn to Cicero and his expression about spears. Find out more about Cicero’s defence for Lucius Murena, why you shouldn’t throw a spear and maybe a little something about William Blake. 

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How to Ask Politely in Latin

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…

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