Posts in Latin proverbs
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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Stilum vertere: How to erase something like a true Roman

Was erasing something so different during Ancient Roman times than from today? Well, yes it was. You even had a special expression for it - to turn the pen or “stilum vertere”. This expression could also be used metaphorically. This article will teach you more about the expression “stilum vertere”, give you an insight to Roman writing practices and learn about Horace's notion about the importance for a poet to follow the instructions of the expression. 

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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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