In the late 12th century a man named Saxo Grammaticus wrote the history of the Danes in a book called Gesta Danorum. In the 16th century two other historians acquired a freshly first printed edition of it and started to scribble in its margins. This is the story of a 2 million Swedish crown book.Read More
This is an update of last year's post "50 hours of spoken Latin". It is now 70 hours. Learning Latin with audio has never been easier. For the last few years, I've been on the lookout for any and all videos and recordings of the best Latin speakers in the world to listen to. The amount of recordings of speeches and lectures held in Latin is increasing rapidly, making exposing ourselves to immense amounts Latin audio easier than ever.
If you want to speak Latin or Ancient Grek this summer, check out this list of spoken Latin and Greek summer programs, classes, and courses for 2018.Read More
Runae non modo apud gentes Septentrionales in usu erant, sed etiam in Anglia. De his multa dictu grata exponi possunt. Sane infitias non ibo me eam ob causam scribere ut runarum aviditas, quae non omnino satiari potest apud me, saltem mitigetur. Satis enim proloqui nequeo quantam afferat laetitiam, cum sub urbe Holmia versatus monumentum inscriptum iuxta viam conspicias. Non modo ipsa scripta oculis subicere, verum etiam tangere licet (caute sane!), ut facile mente fingas quam prope veteres adesse videantur!Read More
"…despite all this premeditated usefulness, the Latin is elegant; Nutting clearly possessed not only a meticulous knowledge of usage in the ancient writers, but a sure sense of the spirit of the language, a deep love of the particular elegance of expression that is unique to Latin, and a deft ear for the rhythms and sounds that delighted the Romans."Read More
"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.Read More
"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.Read More
Interested in Latin place names? This article will help you do two things: understand Latin geographical names that you encounter and express geographical names in Latin yourself.
For almost thirty years a radio station in Finland has been broadcasting a weekly news program, all in Latin, the Nuntii Latini. It seems, however, that everything must come to an end, even in the ageless world of Latin. A few words are in order.Read More
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.Read More