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Archive for August, 2016

How Ancient Romans Beat the Heat Posted by on Aug 30, 2016

Salvete Omnes! As we are reaching the last month of Summer, for us in the Northern Hemisphere, we might be seeing a few more heatwaves. So let’s see how the Ancient Romans stayed cool in the summer before air conditioning and electric fans. Simply staying out of the sun can keep you from overheating on a…

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

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

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

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

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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