Category Archives: Latin

More from Metamorphoses

My original post on the Metamorphoses was quite some time ago. I have in the past few weeks been working on another passage from this work with my high school students. One thing which I have observed in this current run has … Continue reading

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What does perfect mean?

Perfect…we use this word incredibly often, yet do we really know what it means? Of course, in modern parlance it means “flawless,” reference to any dictionary will prove this. More importantly, when one says that something is perfect, it is … Continue reading

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The Confessions

The Confessions of St. Aurelius Augustine In thirteen books Book I I. 1 You are great, O Lord, and greatly praiseworthy: great is Your strength and Your wisdom is beyond numeration. Man wishes to praise You, a part of Your … Continue reading

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Selections from the Metamorphoses of Ovid

Book I Prologue My mind intends to speak of forms changed into new bodies. O gods, inspire the work which I begin—for you changed yourselves and those things— And establish my poem perpetual From the first source of the world … Continue reading

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Ab urbe condita libri

The History of Rome By T. Livius Patavinus I.57 In this permanent camp, as it happens in wars more long than bitter, plenty of men were on leave, yet the nobles were more than the soldiers were: certain royal youths … Continue reading

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De Natura Deorum

The Nature of the Gods M. Tullius Cicero II. 150 How truly apt and how helpful a hand of many skills has nature given man!  For the easy contraction and extension of the fingers takes pain in no motion because … Continue reading

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Why I dislike the Classical pronunciation of Latin

As a student of Latin, I often come across a problem with which most students of language never have to deal: “How to pronounce it?” As the language has developed, so has its pronunciation. If English is spoken differently in the … Continue reading

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