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Vulcanalia: Appeasing the God of Fire Posted by on Aug 23, 2016

Bonfire. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Salvete Omnes! I hope the summer is going well for everyone here in the Northern Hemisphere. Although the hottest part of it is behind us, hopefully, things were heating up for the Ancient Romans around this time.   This week we’re going to be looking at the festival called Vulcanalia! Vulcanalia takes place on August…

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2045th Anniversary of Octavian’s 3 Triumphs Posted by on Aug 16, 2016

Peter Paul Rubens "A Roman Triumph" (1630). Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Salvete Omnes! I hope it has been a pleasant weekend. Well, 2045 years ago it was a very busy weekend for the ancient Romans!   As of this year, it has been 2,045 years since Imperātor Caesar Dīvī Fīlius Augustus, or Gaius Octavian, as he was known at the time, held 3 consecutive triumphs on…

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When Latin is Used for Greeking: “Lorem Ipsum” Posted by on Aug 9, 2016

Sketch of Bust of Cicero, 1885.  (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Salvete Omnes! This week we’re going to talk about another modern use of Latin. This use is easy to miss, and, in fact, it was meant to be missed.   Also known as “Dummy Text”, the passage beginning with “Lorem Ipsum” is something that most internet users have seen at one point. When you’re setting…

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UK Government Leaving Latin Behind? Posted by on Aug 2, 2016

Et cetera sign. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and Geography.org.uk

Salvete Omnes! I hope it has been a pleasant week.  However, for us Latin enthusiasts, there has been, perhaps, some troubling news about a recent decision made by the government United Kingdom.     Now, this is not about recent politics, of course. This is about a recent announcement made by GOV.UK. They have declared…

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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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