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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Ex Antverpia Lux? De conventu quodam didascalico refert Christianus Laes

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.

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A guide to Dictionaries of Latin synonyms – How to tell the difference

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.

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How to ask someone not to do something in Latin

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, and 

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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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Runarum origo. Pars II de litteris Vikingorum

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.

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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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