Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Omnia Romae cum pretio Everything in Rome comes with a price. Juvenal died around 130 AD.  Since it took another 346 years for Rome to fall to Odoacer’s hordes, we could say Juvenal was either remarkably prescient or just another literary...

Latin Proverbs: F

Faber est suae quisque fortunae (Appius Claudius Caecus) We are the artisans of our own fortunes. (Appius the Blind) Nota bene: this was written by a blind man. With the exception of Oedipus, blindness and other handicaps are generally thrust upon us. This...
Originally published on January 11, 2011. Little is known about the life of the Roman nobleman Gaius Valerius Catullus. He lived during the late Republic, befriended many prominent people, and fell in love with a woman posterity knows only by...
"Abstract verbalizations about personal liberty, freedom of the press and so on will not be convincing in most parts of the world. In many areas they will not even be comprehensible." - Simple Sabotage Field Manual, Office of Strategic Services The...
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Latin Proverbs: N

  Nemo nisi per amicitiam cognoscitur No one learns except by friendship The literal translation of this proverb is awkward and misleading. If we think of something we want to master as an adversary we are almost destined to never move...
"Say thus to thyself every morning: today I may have to deal with some intermeddler in other men's affairs, with an ungrateful man; an insolent or a crafty or an envious or an unsociable or selfish man." - Marcus Aurelius "As...
  Available on Amazon and Smashwords. Foreword “They wouldn’t do this for me...If they call me a genius, what superlative have they reserved for your husband?” -William James to Sara Sidis after Harvard’s waiver of multiple PhD requirements, including an oral exam, for Boris....
Socrates bemoaned the lax ethics of Athenian youth. The Confucians lamented the lack of filial piety in ancient China. The Romans deplored the loss of their virtuous Republic a few fortnights after the overthrow of the last Etruscan king....
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Latin Proverbs: L

No, I am not losing my mind. No, I have not forgotten about the letters J and K. The Latin alphabet does not contain the letter J and the letter K was rarely used. Labor ipse voluptas The pleasure is in the...
The video is here. There are, of course, minor discrepancies between the script and the video (e.g I chose to say one word instead of another based on how it sounded when read aloud). John Stuart Mill was an English...
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