Posts Tagged 'latin'


A fun comic I made based off what I learned about the Julio-Claudians from my Art History class…Roman emperors were kind of hilarious, omg. They’re a bit more based off their likenesses than, say Himaruya’s emperor designs (but I like those too haha). I sent it to my Art History TA and she really liked it eheheh


so as an aspiring classicist (slash medievalist) i like roman history A Lot, and i read about it A Lot, and over time i’ve come up with A Lot of reliable resources for studying it. 


ancient sources:

  • the history of rome (livy) – covers from rome’s (obscure, semimythological) early history all the way up to the reign of augustus. long, dull, but relatively worth it.
  • lives of the twelve caesars (suetonius) – deals with the lives of julius caesar through to emperor domitian. fair warning: people don’t call suetonius an ancient gossip columnist for nothing, so take him with a grain of salt.
  • annals (tacitus) – reign of tiberius to reign of nero, everyone loves this one.
  • de bello gallico (julius caesar) – caesar’s own record of his campaign in gaul, aka roman war propaganda. short but important part of roman history.


i’ve read most of these and been recommended the rest, but they reflect my own interest in specific subjects. you can find a more comprehensive list here.



First chapter of Warriors Such As clocked in at 19%…

One of Fenris’ letters in a later chapter, at 23%…

A…certain spoilery scene in chapter 10 that has a lot of both Fenris and Metis talking: 22%

Varric’s letter in chapter 10: 18%

One of Hawke’s letters: 26% (whoa!)

Thayer’s letter: 28% (whoa!)

I honestly would have expected Fenris and Metis to have a more Latinate vocabulary than Hawke or Thayer. Maybe it’s nobility-speak for the Amell and Trevelyan?

Consider this now a meme! I tag @glyphron-dragon-age @quinnlocke @broodywolf @whatthefawxblogs @therealmnemo @emma-trevelyan to analyze some snippets of your fic and share your Latinity, then tag a few more writers in turn. 🙂



Sit Vis Tecum

May the Force Be with You

(From here.)


First performance in 1,000 years: ‘lost’ songs from the Middle Ages are brought back to life.

An ancient song repertory will be heard for the first time in 1,000 years this week after being ‘reconstructed’ by a Cambridge researcher and a world-class performer of medieval music.
Now, after more than two decades of painstaking work on identifying the techniques used to set particular verse forms, research undertaken by Cambridge University’s Dr Sam Barrett has enabled him to reconstruct melodies from the rediscovered leaf of the 11th century ‘Cambridge Songs’.

After piecing together an estimated 80-90 per cent of what can be known about the melodies for The Consolation of Philosophy, Barrett enlisted the help of Benjamin Bagby of Sequentia – a three-piece group of experienced performers who have built up their own working memory of medieval song.

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idk friends I just want Horace to know that people all over the world quote his carpe diem. i just want to let him know that he was right, that he never actually died, he wanted to live forever and he did it. “non omnis moriar” you were right, Quintus, my dear friend. I, a 18-year-old kid who lives 2012 years after your death, remember you and cherish your works. you’ve finished a monument more lasting than bronze, taller than the pyramids, a monument that neither the rain nor the winds could destroy. you will live forever in our hearts and your glory will never stop shining. 

a word from the ancient poets


watch, says lucretius. our bodies are atoms that dance through the void, riding the celestial swerve. we are what the universe is made of, so look closely. you may feel alone, but out in that empty space, there is so much like you.

go, says vergil. the world is large and beautiful, and so many things remain to be seen. so much is unknown out there, waiting to be discovered, from the greatest elephant to the smallest bee. go, and find what waits for you.

change, says ovid. the universe is not a stagnant pool, waiting in static silence. with every turn of the world something is new, and you may be afraid of what may happen. but though everything changes, nothing completely dies. for all that changes in you, you are still yourself. don’t be afraid.

sing, says sappho. there may be times when people hate your song or try to change the verses to fit what they think you should be, but your song is yours. lift your voice high as you sing it- the people who love you will sing along.

love, says catullus. you have faced heartbreak and you have been hurt, and it’s only fair that your heart fights against that pain. but life is short, and we all must sleep when our night falls, so give your heart over as best as you can, to friends, to lovers, to yourself.

live, says horace. we never know when our time will come, and we cannot know what tomorrow will hold. so take a deep breath and live today and enjoy what the world has to show you.

sleep, says homer. the night is wine-dark and the stars shine bright against the cloak of the sky, but rosy-fingered dawn will come again to touch your life with light.

Rome celebrates its 2769th birthday today, 21st of April!


Known as Natale di Roma, the annual birthday celebration is based on the legendary foundation of Rome by Romulus in 753 BC. According to the legend, Rome was founded by the orphaned twins Romulus and Remus, who were suckled by a wolf. After a dispute with his twin brother Remus, Romulus murdered him and named the newly founded city after himself.

Every year the people of Rome dress up in traditional clothes and reenact historical events for the Eternal City’s birthday.

Useful articles about the legendary founding of Rome

On April 19th I made bread

Latin graffiti in Pompeii (CIL IV.8792)

life fast die young, Romans

(via likeavirgil)


(via audible-smiles)

4/19 bake it

(via inquisitorpsyduck)

I want to explain about the Catullus poem (101). Catullus wrote poem 101 for his brother who died in the Troad. Nothing at all is known of the brother except his death. Catullus appears to have travelled from Verona to Asia Minor to stand at the grave. Perhaps he recited the elegy there. I have loved this poem since the first time I read it in high school Latin class and I have tried to translate it a number of times. Nothing in English can capture the passionate, slow surface of a Roman elegy. No one (even in Latin) can approximate Catullan diction, which at its most sorrowful has an air of deep festivity, like one of those trees that turns all its leaves over, silver, in the wind. I never arrived at the translation I would like to do of poem 101. But over the years of working at it, I came to think of translating as a room, not exactly an unknown room, where one gropes for the light switch. I guess it never ends.

Anne Carson, from Nox

(via lifeinpoetry)

Blogger Gatherings!

Click the button for reports from the 2010 Spring Blogger Gathering, hosted by Linett of Nimrodel!

Berethron of Brandywine hosted the 2010 Summer Blogmoot.

The Winter Blogmoot was held on December 4, 9 p.m. EST at the home of Telwen of Silverlode.

Next up: The Spring Blogmoot of 2011 shall return to Nimrodel with Tuiliel (Whart, aka user-1027520) hosting! Linett is looking forward to another local moot!



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