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Classics is the study of the language, literature, arts, history, culture, et cetera, of ancient Greece and Rome. In this video, I look at the origins of the word "classics" and how something that relates to ships came to refer to a field of study.
Spelling the name of the poet of the Aeneid can be a little challenging at first. Is his name spelled with an e or an i? Or maybe both? And why would there be two different versions of his name? In this video, I touch on the reasons why Vergil's name became spelled with an i in place of the e.
The simile is a comparison between two things which is introduced by the words "like" or "as", or in Latin, qualis, ut, velut, or tamquam. The word "simile" itself comes from the Latin word similis, which means similar. This video discusses what similes are and provides examples from Latin literature.
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The Roman emperor Nero was famous for many depraved deeds, and he also had a high opinion of himself. So naturally, the final words of his own life reflected his narcissistic and dramatic nature.
Infinitives are a very pure form of the verb, and Latin uses the infinitive in many different ways, and tenses and voices. This video covers the present passive infinitive, the "to be ...ed" translation. I want this video to be watched and to be enjoyed!
Julius Caesar is perhaps the most famous pontifex maximus in the history of Rome, although the emperors starting with Augustus also held the position. This title derives its name from the Latin words pons and facere. Literally, the pontifex built both actual bridges in Rome and metaphorical bridges between mankind and the gods.
We might take it for granted that writing should go from left to right. Some languages like Hebrew or Arabic go right to left. But what about a combination of the two? That's where the boustrophedon comes in, something the Greeks and Romans experimented with in the beginning of their written languages.
The ancient Romans didn't create Halloween, but their festival of Lemuria could in some way be connected to our frightful holiday. The Lemuria was the festival where the dead spirits of the household, the lemures, were cleansed by the paterfamilias. And the connections to Halloween don't stop there.
The suovetaurilia is traditional triple sacrifice to the god Mars and done to purify land, where a pig, sheep, and bull were sacrificed. This video discusses its origin and role in Roman culture. Edit: Corrected long marks.
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