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Pokémon Ite!: 15 Pokémon with Latin-Inspired Names Posted by on Jul 26, 2016

Pokémon Go in hand, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Salvete Omnes! I hope everyone’s weekend was nice. Maybe some of you were out exploring in the tall grass and captured some MarsuMonstra! Now, that’s not a real phrase found in Classical Latin, but you might be able to figure it out: MarsuMonstra is a compacted invention of Marsupium Monstra Marsupium = Pocket Monstra = Monsters So, you…

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Mythology in Space: A Reunion 400 Years in the Making Posted by on Jul 20, 2016

"Jupiter and Juno on Mount Ida" (1790-1799) by James Barry (1741-1806). Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Salvete Omnes! I hope everyone had a good weekend! As you might have seen this month, the spacecraft Juno has finally made orbit around the great gas giant, Jupiter! Astronomers may be most excited by this new milestone of planetary science for the opportunity to get a peek at the constituent materials of the Jovian…

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The Festival Even the Romans Forgot Posted by on Jul 13, 2016

Romulus, captured in a moment as Victor over Acron, hauls the rich booty to the temple of Jupiter, by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres.

Salvete Omnes! I hope everyone is well. This past week of July, or “Iulius”, was quite a busy one for the Ancient Romans.  Starting on July 5th, we had the festival of Poplifugia, followed by the eight or nine day feasting of the festival of Ludi Apollinares, (“Ludi” = solemn games, “Apollinares” = honoring Apollo).…

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Ancient Vesuvius Scrolls Read with X-Ray Posted by on Mar 31, 2016


In the recent news, scientist and historians are working together to attempt to read some the ancient scrolls preserved by Vesuvius. For those of you who do not know the story of Pompeii and Herculaneum: Check out some previous blogs (here and here)! So, for the short and sweet version, two entire cities were well…

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Julius Caesar: Father of the Leap Year Posted by on Mar 2, 2016


First and foremost, hello everyone and Happy Leap Year! Julius Caesar was behind the origin of leap year in 45 BC. The early Romans had a 355 day calendar and to keep festivals occurring around the same season each year- a 22 or 23 day month was created every second year. TALK ABOUT CONFUSING! The calendar…

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