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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.
Starting next week, I will be releasing a new series called "91 Rules", in which I will review the most basic and essential parts of Latin grammar. Stay tuned!
91 rules of grammar
The infinitive in Latin comes in six different forms and four specific uses. This video covers not just how Latin utilizes the infinitive, the unconjugated form of the verb, but also how the infinitive changes in different tenses and voices.
Every year on the Ides of October, the 15th, the Romans performed a very strange religious ritual. Chariot races, sacrifice, Mars, neighborhood competitions - it's very weird and not very well understood. Could there be connections to Troy?
Visit http://www.hexameter.co today! Hexameter.co is a free website that helps you learn how to scan lines of Latin poetry written in dactylic hexameter. Okay, it's way cooler than that sentence makes it seem. The site is adaptive, meaning it works based on your own skill level, and there are even some cool features like a rating, leaderboard, and classrooms for teachers to manage their own students. Go to hexameter.co now, sign up for a free account, and practice your lines of scanning!
A Roman legion consisted of around 5,000 soldiers at full strength, and it was one of the basic organizational units of the Roman army. This video discusses the origin of the word itself and how the legion developed over time.
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.
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.
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.
Caligula, the great-grandson of Augustus, was the third emperor of Rome. His name actually was Gaius, with Caligula being a nickname he hated later in life. In fact, hate was a common theme of his rule (37-41 AD).