Saturday, July 4, 2020
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

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...
The Kanizsa Triangle

Latin Proverbs: M

The Kanizsa Triangle, an illustration of Gestalt psycology in action.Malum quidem nullum esse sine aliquo bono. There is no evil without some good. This proverb should not be interpreted as blind Panglossianism. That sort of naive optimism is antithetical to the...
Aeneas

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...
Domeo

Latin Proverbs: I

Igne natura renovatur integra (Alchemical motto) Through fire, nature is reborn whole Recently a paper was published in a journal of evolutionary biology about the importance of mass extinctions to the development of "novel features and abilities in surviving lineages." While...
Historia est magistra vitae History is life's teacher Life, like any other game, contains a manifold of moves and pieces. Yet some are more likely to transpire than others and the variables, and the rules themselves, are not always clear....
Gradatim ferociter By degrees, ferociously. (Motto of Blue Origin) The Japanese principle of kaizen comes to mind here. Small improvements quickly accrue, yet they are not terribly encouraging. In many endeavors one's progress is slow until something clicks. Thus it requires...

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...
Cicero

Latin Proverbs: E

Latin proverbs with commentary...all beginning with the letter E.

Latin Proverbs: D

Damnatio memoriae Damnation of the memory. Winston Smith: Does Big Brother exist? O'Brien: Of course he exists. Winston Smith: Does he exist like you or me? O'Brien: You do not exist. Mockery can elicit sympathy for one's target. Persecution can turn scoundrels and knaves into...
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