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Archive for December, 2010

Latin Learning Resources Posted by on Dec 30, 2010

A new year is will start soon and perhaps you’ve been thinking about mastering the Latin language as your New Year’s resolution. If so, then check out these books : Learn to read Latin by Andrew Keller and Stephanie Russell *Appropriate for beginner and intermediate students Pros : -very thorough grammar explanations. -contains lots of…

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Ludi Posted by on Dec 28, 2010

Ludi refers to the mass games held to entertain the Roman public. There were many different kinds of ludi. For instance ludi compitalicii (crossroads games) were games held at the intersection of neighborhoods. These games were hosted by neighborhood communities and guilds, which involved members of the plebian class, slaves and freedmen. Other ludi included…

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Of Revolts and Rebellions Posted by on Dec 27, 2010

Rome was an unrivaled power with a mighty military. Even so, there were certain groups and individuals who dared to revolt against the Ancient War Machine that was Rome. As its name suggests, the Third Jewish Revolt was the third major attempt at liberation from Roman control. When Emperor Hadrian learned that the Jews practiced…

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Adeste Fideles Posted by on Dec 24, 2010

Depending on where you are in the world, Christmas is already here or just a few days away. In honor of Christmas, let’s look at the song “Adeste fideles”, which can be translated as  “O come all ye faithful”. Here is Andrea Bocelli’s version of it : Adeste fideles laeti triumphantes (Oh come all ye…

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Musical Scores in Latin Posted by on Dec 20, 2010

Nobuo Uematsu is a video game music composer. He’s best known for his music in the Final Fantasy games. His native language is Japanese, but he’s produced many scores in Latin. One of his masterpieces is called “Liberi Fatali” : It just goes to show that Latin is not quite dead. It’s still being used…

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