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Giving Thanks in Ancient Rome Posted by on Nov 28, 2019

Salavete Omnes, The roots of the American thanksgiving may stem from history and celebrating survival among other things – original feasts and festivals for thankfulness date much older. In Ancient Rome where all aspects of life could be swayed by the will of the gods through sacrifices and prayers. Well, that is at least what…

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Roman Superstitions Posted by on Oct 15, 2019

Salvete Omnes, This week I would like you to think about your superstitions while we visit ancient ones…Superstitions were an important staple in many ancient cultures, and the Romans were no exception. In the religions of ancient Rome, an omen, plural omina, was a sign intimating the future, considered less important to the community than a prodigium but of great importance…

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Roman Months Posted by on Sep 23, 2019

Salvete Omnes, Recently, I was having a conversation with my husband about the months of the year and the days of the week. While the days of week are more Germanic in nature (for English at least), the months of the year have a very interesting history. So, let’s dive in. The Roman calendar used…

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Roman Pen Reveals Latin Joke Posted by on Aug 26, 2019

Savlete Omnes Earlier this month, this news broke and I just had to cover it and review the Latin on the pen! The Bloomberg dig took place between 2010 and 2014 and uncovered some 14,000 artifacts, which archaeologists are still working through including this exciting find! This stylus or pen’s inscription was exceptionally difficult to…

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Harry Potter vs. Wizards Unite Spells Posted by on Jul 28, 2019

Salvete Omnes, Anyone out there playing Wizards Unite? If not, any Harry Potter fans? For those true fans out there, you know that J.K. Rowling (the author of the Harry Potter Universe) has a background in Classical Studies which includes Latin and Greek. Therefore, for Latinist and Greekish (is that a term?), the spells from…

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Latin Spells Deciphered from TV Shows Part II Posted by on Jun 30, 2019

Salvete Omnes, Many people hear the “Latin” and think – well no one speaks Latin anymore. Beyond the classrooms and religious building, Latin is most commonly spoke in the land of Hollywood. However, Hollywood does not always do their homework when writing Latin. First of all, why magic must be Latin is never made sense…

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Latin Spells Deciphered from TV Shows Part I Posted by on May 31, 2019

Salvete Omnes, Many people hear the “Latin” and think – well no one speaks Latin anymore. Beyond the classrooms and religious building, Latin is most commonly spoke in the land of Hollywood. However, Hollywood does not always do their homework when writing Latin. First of all, why magic must be Latin is never made sense…

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