Posts tagged Idioms
Auribus teneo lupum: Why Emperor Tiberius and President Thomas Jeffersson both held a wolf by the ears

To hold a wolf by the ears is an old Latin proverb, Auribus teneo lupum, made famous again in modern times as it was used by President Thomas Jeffersson. Learn more about how this expression was used, and what it actually meant to hold a wolf by the ears to the Romans.

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Lupus in Fabula: How to speak of the Devil in Latin

The Latin expression “The wolf in the story” or Lupus in Fabula is well used in Classical Literature and has plenty of modern equivalents. Learn more about the fabled wolf and his expression and when to use it. You’d want to cry wolf like a Roman - with the right expression and at the right time!

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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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