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History of the Roman Forum Posted by on Mar 22, 2019

Note: This blog post is a companion to Unit V of our Introduction to Latin Vocabulary course. You can learn more about the course here. Some people don’t think the Greeks and Romans have anything to teach us. On the other hand, I never get tired of telling them that there is still a lot…

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Roman Medicine Posted by on Mar 20, 2019

Note: This blog post is a companion to Unit XIV of our Introduction to Latin Vocabulary course. You can learn more about the course here. It would not have been a very good idea to get sick in Ancient Rome. Though they were aware of many of the diseases we know about today—including cancer, which…

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Roman Religion Posted by on Mar 14, 2019

Note: This blog post is a companion to Unit XIII of our Introduction to Latin Vocabulary course. You can learn more about the course here.   The Roman Temple A templum (temple) didn’t originally mean a building, but a place. Templa, in their earliest forms, were open spaces for worship. The ancient Romans (the really…

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Sirens and Other Mythological Beasts Posted by on Mar 11, 2019

Note: This blog post is a companion to Unit IV of our Introduction to Latin Vocabulary course. You can learn more about the course here. Most people today think that mythology is an uninteresting subject, created by people who lived thousands of years ago. Well, the ancients certainly didn’t think so! Back then, myths and legends…

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The Roman Family Posted by on Mar 8, 2019

Note: This blog post is a companion to Unit XII of our Introduction to Latin Vocabulary course. You can learn more about the course here. A few weeks ago we had a look at the Roman household. Let’s follow up on that now, looking at the Roman family’s place in the larger context of Roman…

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5 Outrageous Things Ancient Romans Ate Posted by on Feb 28, 2019

Salvete Omnes! I have been thinking constantly about food lately due to Valentines Day as well as New Year’s Resolutions. And how even the most dauntingly of culture and language immersion are often made easier through meal and food. As some may say – “Food is universal.” But is this true? Would really want to…

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Caesar’s Civil War Posted by on Feb 26, 2019

Note: This blog post is a companion to Unit XI of our Introduction to Latin Vocabulary course. You can learn more about the course here.   The Death of Pompey On or around October 1st, 48 BC, Gaius Julius Caesar sailed into Egypt. He had just won perhaps the greatest military victory of his life…

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