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The Marvel Universe and the Latin Language Posted by on Apr 26, 2019

Salvete Omnes, With the upcoming Avenger’s End Game upon us, I thought it was appropriate to look at this ever popular world and how Latin or Ancient Rome has impacted it. Excelsior MARVEL UNIVERSE: Stan Lee’s motto which he tweeted that it meant for him: “Finally, what does “Excelsior” mean? “Upward and onward to greater glory!”…

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The Roman Military Posted by on Apr 19, 2019

Note: This blog post is a companion to Unit VII of our Introduction to Latin Vocabulary course. You can learn more about the course here. The Roman army was perhaps the most disciplined and organized in the history of mankind. It was a real fighting machine ready to destroy anyone who stood in Rome’s way…

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Major Wars in the Early Roman Republic Posted by on Apr 10, 2019

Note: This blog post is a companion to Unit VI of our Introduction to Latin Vocabulary course. You can learn more about the course here. Over thousands of years mankind has witnessed the rise and fall of many empires, among which the Roman Empire was one of the largest in recorded history. Some other empires were…

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City Life and Country Life in Ancient Rome Posted by on Apr 9, 2019

Note: This blog post is a companion to Unit VIII of our Introduction to Latin Vocabulary course. You can learn more about the course here. Ancient Rome was both a highly urbanized civilization and a very rural one. Large, dense cities sat in the middle of vast oceans of farmland—there weren’t suburbs then like the…

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Don’t Anger the Gods Posted by on Apr 3, 2019

Note: This blog post is a companion to Unit XVI of our Introduction to Latin Vocabulary course. You can learn more about the course here.   The Romans did not believe the gods were kind, just, or interested in forgiveness. To them, the gods were incredibly powerful, and volatile, and therefore extremely dangerous. To do…

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Latin Words To Spruce Up Your Conversation Posted by on Mar 31, 2019

Salvete Omnes, As I am a former Classical Studies student and almost graduate student, I try to keep up on my Latin and translations – but making time can be difficult. However, I do try to use at least one Latin phrase in my day-to-day conversation to keep the language alive. So, I challenge you…

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Ex-Slaves in Ancient Rome Posted by on Mar 26, 2019

Note: This blog post is a companion to Unit XV of our Introduction to Latin Vocabulary course. You can learn more about the course here. Slavery wasn’t a permanent condition in Ancient Rome. A person born, sold, or captured into slavery had a chance—depending on how kind their master was feeling—of being set free. Many…

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