Posts tagged “Latin”

Latin for Everyone

I think I’m going to have to add some of these to my email sig. Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam! Because, you know, interdum feror cupidine partium magnarum Europe vincendarum.

Veni, Vidi, Vici

explorant adversa viros — “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Literally it means, “misfortunes put men to the test.” from Veni, Vidi, Vici: Conquer Your Enemies, Impress Your Friends with Everyday Latin, by Eugene Ehlrich

Ancient Texts

I’ve seen this linked in several places recently, but it’s such a great story I wanted to link it here too. The villa probably belonged to Lucius Calpurnius Piso, father-in-law of Julius Caesar and one of the rulers of the Roman republic. In AD79, a century after his death, it was buried under 30 metres

invictus maneo

invictus maneo – I remain unconquered. / I remain unbeaten

audacter calumniare semper aliquid haeret

audacter calumniare semper aliquid haeret – slander boldly, something always sticks

Quos Deus vult perdere prius

Quos Deus vult perdere prius dementat.

nil dictum quod non dictum

nil dictum quod non dictum prius!


Quos Deus vult perdere prius dementat.

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