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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 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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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