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Roman Love Deities to Spice Up Your Valentine’s Day

Posted on 11. Feb, 2016 by in Roman culture

Salvete Omnes,

Well for many of you know that Valentine’s Day is only a few days away. So this post will obviously be Valentine’s Day themed.

Antique Valentine's card. Courtesy of Wikicommons.

Antique Valentine’s card. Courtesy of Wikicommons.

If you are lucky enough to have a special someone in your life, I would recommend you check out some of the following posts:

  1. How to write a love letter in Latin
  2. Famous Quotes in Latin
  3. Add a Latin Love Quote to a Card

If you are spending Valentine’s Day on your own this year- fret not- I got some great posts for you!

  1. Lupercalia: The Ancient Roman Love Holiday before Valentine’s Day
  2. 5 Dating Tips from the Roman Poet Ovid
  3. Ovid’s Heroides: The Original Fan Fiction

However, I digress, this post will be focused on love deities. It is important to note the different areas of expertise, because depending on what followers were prayer or sacrificing for…they change the deity to whom they asked. Please note there are much more information on these deities, but they would be posts unto themselves! Comment if you wish to see a certain god or goddess spotlighted!

Venus on seashell, from the Casa di Venus, Pompeii. Before 79 AD.

Venus on seashell, from the Casa di Venus, Pompeii. Before 79 AD.

God or Goddess: Venus

Area of Expertise: love, beauty, sex, fertility, prosperity and desire

Fragmentary base for an altar of Venus and Mars, showing cupids handling the weapons and chariot of the war god, from the reign of Trajan (98–117 AD)

Fragmentary base for an altar of Venus and Mars, showing cupids handling the weapons and chariot of the war god, from the reign of Trajan (98–117 AD)

God or Goddess: Cupid

Area of Expertise: desire, erotic love, attraction and affection

Pompeiian fresco of Peitho (left) taking Eros to Venus and Anteros, circa 25 BCE, Naples National Museum.

Pompeiian fresco of Suada (left) taking Eros to Venus and Anteros, circa 25 BCE, Naples National Museum.

God or Goddess: Suadela or Suada

Area of Expertise: persuasion, particularly in romance, seduction and love

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So, while I hope everyone has a great Valentine’s Day- I do hope this post (and maybe others) made it a bit more special! So remember if your love life is looking a bit in the dumps, you could always try turning your luck to the Roman pantheon.

Next week’s post: Ancient Denistry- just in time for after all that candy from Valentine’s Day!

Make an Ancient Roman Dessert..I Challenge You

Posted on 04. Feb, 2016 by in Latin Language, Roman culture

Salvete Omnes,

Oh how I have missed writing! I am sorry that I have written in a while, but I’m back. Today we are going to ease back into the Roman world and Latin. I am trying something new for 2016. I will be posting bucketlist post every once in a while to inform readers and followers of unique things they can do to really live up 2016!

Today, February 3, is also National Carrot Cake Day! So, I decided that today’s blog should be one about a dessert.

SO I CHALLENGE YOU…….

The following recipe is from Apicius’ De re coquinaria (“On the Subject of Cooking”)

The Apicius manuscript (ca. 900 CE) of the monastery of Fulda in Germany, which was acquired in 1929 by the New York Academy of Medicine

The Apicius manuscript (ca. 900 CE) of the monastery of Fulda in Germany, which was acquired in 1929 by the New York Academy of Medicine

Patina  de piris* [ Pan/Stew/Cake of Pears; literally pan /stew/cake from pears]

Pear Mosaic

Pear Mosaic

Pira elixa et purgata e medio teres** cum pipere, cumino, melle, passo, liquamine, oleo modico. Ovis missis patinam facies**, piper super aspargis**et inferes**.

Boiled pears and having been purged or cleaned from its middle (i.e seeds, pit, etc.) you will grind with pepper, cumin, honey , wine, broth, and a little oil. Having been mixed with eggs, you will make a pan/stew/cake, spread or sprinkle with pepper and serve.

*piris is an ablative as evident from de, but it could be debated the type of ablative. Ablative of origin, source, means, etc.

** Great examples of the 2nd singular future that you don’t see that often, but this make sense for a directions. It is interesting that it isn’t an imperative.

Thoughts:

Well, in all honestly, this is more like a custard or pudding made out of pears. While this recipe is very simple, but it doesn’t say anything about cooking, time, amounts, etc.. That doesn’t really work well for our modern day thinking…so I have provided everyone with a up-to-date recipe (here) with directions.

 

Monthly Latin Spotlight Text: Aeneid

Posted on 21. Oct, 2015 by in Latin Language, Roman culture

Name: Aeneid (Latin:)

Also Known As:  N/A

Date: 29 B.C.E and 19 B.C.E

Author(s): Publius Vergilius Maro

Depiction of Virgil, 3rd century AD .Courtesy of WikiCommons, Giorces, Mattes.

Depiction of Virgil, 3rd century AD
.Courtesy of WikiCommons, Giorces, Mattes.

Type of Text: Epic Poem

Genre: Latin Epic Poetry, Mythology, Foundation Story,

Content: A foundation story similar to Iliad and Odyssey that highlights the adventures and journeys of the Greco-Roman hero Aeneid. The piece is thought to be part of Augustan propaganda to the greatness of Rome and the Julio-Claudian family.

Type of Latin:  Classical Latin

Distinguishing Features: (1). It comprises 9,896 lines in dactylic hexameter. (2). The Aeneid is a cornerstone of the Western canon, and early (at least by the 2nd century AD) became one of the essential elements of a Latin education, usually required to be memorized.

Where is it today:

There are no original surviving copies.

The Vergilius Vaticanus (Cod. Vat. lat. 3225, also known as the Vatican Virgil) is a manuscript containing fragments of Virgil’s Aeneid and Georgics made in Rome in about 400. It is one of the oldest surviving copies of the text.

 

In Pop Culture:

The Opera- Dido & Aeneas by Purcell.

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On a personal note, I was writing a play adaptation of the Aeneid set in a post-apocalyptic time period.

Translation:

Latin:

Aeneid by Virgil in Latin (here).

English:

Aeneid by Virgil in English (here).