Archive for April, 2009

Posca Posted by on Apr 29, 2009

Posca was a popular drink among the lower classes of Ancient Rome. Posca comes from the Latin word potor (to drink). It’s basically sour wine mixed with water and herbs. In Ancient Rome, it was dangerous to drink water. Today we have all sorts of filtration devices to clean the water. Unfortunately in Ancient Rome…

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Toga Posted by on Apr 28, 2009

Toga! Toga! That’s the memorable phrase in Animal House starring John Belushi. It’s the American college thing to do, have a toga party by wrapping your bed sheets around your body. In actuality, the toga worn by the Ancient Romans was of fine material. First a toga is a piece of cloth configured around the…

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First Conjugation Verbs in the Present Passive Posted by on Apr 25, 2009

Now we’re going to take a look at the endings for the first conjugation verbs in the present indicative passive: I : –or You (singular) : –āris or –re He/She/It : –ātur We : –āmur You (plural) : –āmini They : –antur The conjugated forms for the Latin verb to bring, to carry I…

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Latin Greetings Posted by on Apr 22, 2009

This is long overdue, but I figured we should go over Latin greetings. This list is not a complete list of greetings. If you want to know more check out the Byki Latin series. Hi – Heus Hey friend! (to a male) – Heus amīce Hey friend! (to a female) –Heus amīca Good morning/Good evening/Welcome –…

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First Conjugation Verbs Posted by on Apr 20, 2009

Salvē! (Good Morning) The first conjugation Latin verbs have the āre ending in the present active infinitive. Words like amāre (to love) and laborāre (to work) belong in this category. I am going to list the endings for the first conjugation present tense active voice. Before I begin, I just want to quickly point out…

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Latin Verbs Posted by on Apr 16, 2009

Not only are we going to look at Latin nouns, we are also going to take a look at Latin verbs.  When you look up Latin verbs in a dictionary, you’ll see four principle parts that allow the reader to infer about what the other conjugated forms of the verb might be. 1. The first form…

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First Declension Plural Posted by on Apr 13, 2009

Memorize the endings below, because these endings form the plural first declension nouns: Nominative: –ae Genitive: –ārum Dative: –īs Accusative: –ās Ablative: –īs Here’s an example of first declension plural endings for the word farmer in Latin.  Even though first declension nouns are usually feminine, the Latin word for farmer is masculine. N: agricolae G: agricolārum…

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