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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.
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
In these lines of the Aeneid, Vergil invokes the muse to help him explain why Aeneas, a man of such great piety, would be forced to undergo so many trials and tribulations. We will see a reestablishment of the theme of rage. How does this compare with Homer's invocations of the muse in the Iliad and Odyssey?
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!
How much did teachers make in the ancient world? Since the Romans valued education, it had to have been more than the ancient sports figures, right?
Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus was the Roman hero of the Second Punic War, defeating Hannibal Barca at the battle of Zama in 202 BC. The Romans connected the name Scipio with words referring to lightning and ruling, since the Scipios were born rulers.
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.
In order to punish or motivate poorly performing units (legions, cohorts), the Romans sometimes practiced decimation, which effectively wiped out 10% of their troops. But today, the root word behind decimation, decimus, tenth, is largely lost on English speakers.
In the first eighty lines of the Aeneid, we are introduced to our themes, the major conflict in the work, and briefly to our main hero. This video is the introduction to a set of seven videos that discuss this great work of literature in the original Latin. Be sure to click on the links at the end to be taken to the specific video of choice.
How do you remove the memory of a particularly bad emperor from the history books? Or what if your brother is just so annoying that you can't stand the sight of him anymore, and don't want to share power? You perform a damnatio memoriae, erase all inscriptions, destroy all public images, and pretend as if he never existed.