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The Romans had many different ways to find out the future. Both the augurium and the auspicium divined the future by looking at the flights of birds. What do these words mean, and where do they come from?
Augustus may have left the urbane city of Rome made of marble, but he had a very folksy way of speaking. This new minutiae explores two different sayings by Rome's first emperor on the theme of ... vegetables.
Runaway slaves, when captured, were branded with a FUG for fugitivus. But they were also referred to with the colorful term cervus, which means "deer". This brings with it a whole slew of connections, including that with the goddess Diana and the rex Nemorensis.
The first simile in the Aeneid compares Neptune as he quells the seas to an orator calming an angry mob. This simile is very important in establishing the struggle between rage, furor, and piety, pietas. For more on Vergil's Aeneid, check out http://www.aeneid.co
The genitive case is used when one noun limits the other. We often translation this limiting (or dependent) noun with the word "of", but, as we see in this video, the genitive case in Latin can be much more colorful that just a simple translation. This video covers the basic concept of the genitive. We will get into more specific uses in future videos.
91 rules of grammar cases nouns
The personal pronouns nos and vos have two different genitive plurals. Huh, that's interesting. This video covers when to use nostri/vestri and when to use nostrum/vestrum. It's not as complicated as it looks, but it helps to know your uses of the genitive.
91 rules of grammar nouns
The word barbarian was coined by the Greeks to cover all people who didn't speak Greek, even though you may think it refers to cities, laws, or even a particular preference for drink. The thing is, the Greeks even felt that the Latin speaking Romans were barbarians. That is, until they were conquered by them.
Juno visit Aeolus, the ruler of the winds and king of a floating island in the Mediterranean. Her goal: to drive Aeneas far away from Italy and his fate. If only she could.
Hannibal always remained an enemy of the Roman people, even after his defeat at Zama by Scipio Africanus. But when he offered his help to Antiochus III in Syria, he also brought with him his sly wit.
Just a week ago, I released a tool that helps you focus on core Latin vocabulary, the most common words that show up in Latin. I'm happy to announce a update to the tool that gives a user rating (a time independent measure), item analysis, and correct answers. Enjoy!