Category: Latin

Nuntii Latini

The latest from YLE Radio 1’s Nuntii Latini, Finland’s Latin-language radio service (I did not just make that up… you can listen to it here):

Finnia constitutionem Unionis Europaeae accepit

08.12.2006, klo 10.18

Suffragio facto parlamentum Finniae legem fundamentalem Unionis Europaeae accepit. 

Halonen de statu Russiae sollicita

08.12.2006, klo 10.17

Praesidens Finniae Tarja Halonen dixit se caedibus in Russia politicis et evolutione eius iuridica sollicitari.

Nova victima veneficorum

08.12.2006, klo 10.16

Jegor Gaidar, olim primus minister Russiae, mense Novembri (24.11.) in Irlandia in morbum insolitum incidit.

Kofi Annan: In Iraquia bellum civile (08.12.2006, klo 10.14)

Cometes periculosus (08.12.2006, klo 10.13)

Penelope Cruz actrix Europaea 2006 (08.12.2006, klo 10.11)

Horace’s Birthday

Today is the birthday of the Roman poet Horace. We know the exact date from Suetonius’ Life of Horace (tr. J.C. Rolfe):

He was born on the sixth day before the Ides of December in the consulate of Lucius Cotta and Lucius Torquatus [65 BCE].

natus est VI Idus Decembris L. Cotta et L. Torquato consulibus.

Suetonius’ De Poetis also provides us with biographies of Terence, Lucan, Vergil, Tibullus, Persius, Crispus, and Pliny the Younger.

[Tip: Michael Gilleland]

Nuntii Latini

The latest from Ephemeris (world news round-up in Latin): De commutatione apud Fidzienses (Fiji), De Beryti intercessionibus, and Polonio plures, quam antea putabatur, veneficio Londinii affectos esse.

Proverbium Diurnum

Stultum facit Fortuna quem vult perdere. (Publilius Syrus, Sententia 611)

pron = STOOL-toom FAH-kit fohr-TOO-nah kwem woolt PEHR-deh-reh.

Fortune makes him foolish whom she wishes to destroy.

Comment: I have addressed the double-edged meaning of “The Fool” here before…[more]

(via Bob Patrick’s Latin Proverb of the Day)

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