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Archive for September, 2009

The Colosseum Posted by on Sep 28, 2009

One of the most famous examples of Roman architecture is the Colosseum. Originally the Colosseum was called the Amphitheatrum Flavium. The emperors of the Flavian dynasty were responsible for its construction and henceforth, so it was named. The name Colosseum came from a statue believed to be next to the Colosseum. The statue was considered…

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The Roman Dictator Posted by on Sep 25, 2009

The word ‘dictator’ did not have the same connotations as it does today. For one thing, being a dictator in ancient Roman times meant that you had to relinquish power after a certain period of time. In ancient Roman time, it was generally understood that a dictator’s term would last six months. After around six…

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Festivals of September Posted by on Sep 22, 2009

From September fourth to September nineteenth, the Ludi Romani or the Roman Games were held. The Games were held to honor Jupiter, the supreme Roman deity. When the Ludi Romani was first celebrated, the games only lasted for a day. However, after time the games were celebrated for about fifteen days. The Ludi Romani was…

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Third Conjugation Verbs with Suffix vī in the Perfect Tense Posted by on Sep 19, 2009

Verbs like petere (to seek, to attack) are an example of third conjugation verbs that have the vī suffix in the perfect tense. In the present active indicative: petō petis petit petimus petitis petunt In the present passive indicative: petor peteris petitur petimur petiminī petuntur  

Third Conjugation Reduplicated with Suffix -ī Posted by on Sep 16, 2009

A verb like caedere (to kill, to slay) is a Latin verb that is reduplicated with suffix -ī in the perfect tense. This is what it looks like in the present active form: caedō caedis caedit caedimus caeditis caedunt In the present passive: caedor caederis caeditur caedimur caediminī caeduntur

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