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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.
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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?
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.
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.
Chiasmus is the A-B-B-A order of words or phrases. Often in Latin this is represented with different bits of grammar, like the placement of verbs and nouns. Latin also uses chiasmus with adjective-noun combinations. With chiasmus, what's fair is foul and foul is fair.
culture figures of speech
We come across an ancient city, and we first think that it might be Troy. But no, it's Carthage, Juno's favorite city. And in fact, we learn that it's the future destruction of Carthage by Rome that provides the impetus for Juno's hatred of Aeneas and the Trojans.
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
One of the bits of Latin pronunciation that tends to get my own students is the consonantal i. This video intends to give tips on how to recognize when i is a consonant or a vowel.
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.