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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 Romans might not have Etruscan origins, but their word for people, populus, may. This public and published (for the common people) video explores the etymology of this word to its fullest extent.
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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The Aeneid is one of my favorite things to teach. Vergil is an amazing author, even if he is hard to read in the original Latin. But it's so worth reading in Latin. So I created a tool to help students and scholars of Latin read the Aeneid and learn about its amazing ideas and themes. Check it out at Aeneid.co, register an account, and start poking around. There's a 10 day trial, after which all you need to do is buy me a cup of coffee each month to keep using the site. Please consider registering and explore the Aeneid and the founding of the Roman people.
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?
The English word mile comes from Latin. We think the mile is an arbitrary length that has nothing in common with a kilometer, but its decimal origins are clear when you know the etymology.
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!
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.
Hexameter.co is my site devoted to helping scholars of the classics learn and practice how to scan ancient epic poetry. Lots of people have already signed up for this service, which is free and awesome. I have something new to announce. Watch this video to see how the site has grown in the past three years!
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.