CORNĒLIĪ NEPŌTIS ATTICUS, 1.3–4

Bret Mulligan   February 10, 2016   Comments Off on CORNĒLIĪ NEPŌTIS ATTICUS, 1.3–4

Memento: if celer ~ “quick” and celeriter ~ “quickly“, what is the English analogue of excellenter. Erat autem in puerō praeter docilitātem ingeniī summa suāvitās ōris atque vōcis, ut — nōn sōlum celeriter acciperet, — — quae trādēbantur, — sed etiam excellenter prōnūntiāret. Quā ex rē in pueritiā nōbilis inter aequālēs ferēbātur clāriusque exsplendēscēbat, quam generōsī condiscipulī animō aequō ferre possent. Itaque incitābat omnēs studiō suō…. Read more »

CORNĒLIĪ NEPŌTIS ATTICUS, 1.3–4 (essential meaning)

Bret Mulligan   February 9, 2016   Comments Off on CORNĒLIĪ NEPŌTIS ATTICUS, 1.3–4 (essential meaning)

3.  Erat autem erat  in puerō docilitās animī et suāvitās vōcis.   nōn sōlum celeriter accipiēbat ea, quae docēbant, sed etiam ea excellenter dīcēbat.  Itaque Atticus puer habēbātur nōbilis inter aliōs puerōs et valdë clārus.  Discipulī generōsī igitur Atticum animō aequō ferre potuerant.  Itaque Atticus incitābat omnēs studiō suō.  Quō in numerō puerōrum fuērunt Lucius Torquātus, Caius Marius fīlius, et Marcus Tullius Cicero.  quōs Atticus dēvīnxit in amīcitiā. ut nēmō hīs… Read more »

CORNĒLIĪ NEPŌTIS ATTICUS, 1.1–2

Bret Mulligan   February 5, 2016   Comments Off on CORNĒLIĪ NEPŌTIS ATTICUS, 1.1–2

Titus Pompōnius Atticus, ab orīgine ultimā stirpis Rōmānae generātus, perpetuō    ā māiōribus     acceptam equestrem obtinuit dignitātem. Patre ūsus est dīligente et, ut tum erant tempora, dītī in prīmīsque studiōsō litterārum. Hic, prout ipse amābat litterās, omnibus doctrīnīs, quibus   puerīlis aetās  impertīrī dēbet, fīlium ērudīvit.       Titus Pompōnius Atticus, ab orīgine ultimā stirpis Rōmānae generātus,… Read more »

DĒ BRITANNIĀ IN CAPITULŌ PRĪMŌ FABULA (by phrase)

Bret Mulligan   February 2, 2016   Comments Off on DĒ BRITANNIĀ IN CAPITULŌ PRĪMŌ FABULA (by phrase)

  Īnsula Britannia ab Eurōpā marī sēpārātur; ā merīdiē Galliam Belgicam habet, ā tergō ōceanum īnfīnītum. Arborum, pōmōrum, animālium est plēna. Piscibus abundat: capiuntur etiam ibi delphīnēs et bālaenae. Inveniuntur quoque ostreae, in quibus sunt pulchrae margarītae. Terra multa metalla gignit: aes, ferrum, plumbum, argentum. Īnsula in parte septentriōnālī mundī iacetet aestāte noctēs lūcidās habet. Ita mediō noctis tempore hominēs… Read more »

Surrounding Yourself With Language

Bret Mulligan   December 29, 2015   Comments Off on Surrounding Yourself With Language

Via Justin Slocum Bailey comes some excellent advice on how to learn a language by the Renaissance Humanist Erasmus: “What I’m about to suggest is less important [than frequently rereading books, mentioned previously], but nevertheless well worthy of mention: It will help no small amount, if there is anything that is necessary, but somewhat difficult to remember—like place names, metrical feet, grammatical patterns, family trees,… Read more »

DĒ MONTIS VESUVIĪ INCENDIŌ

Bret Mulligan   December 1, 2015   Comments Off on DĒ MONTIS VESUVIĪ INCENDIŌ

Avunculus meus Mīsēnī erat classis praefectus. Eō diē, quō tantae clādis initium fuit, avunculus forīs iacēbat librīsque studēbat. Māter mea eī nūbem subitō ostendit novam et inūsitātam, quae in caelō prope montem Vesuvium vidēbātur esse. Nūbēs fōrmam habuit similem fōrmae, quam in arboribus saepe vidēmus. Nam summa nūbēs in multās partēs sīcut in rāmōs sēparābātur. Avunculus, homō rērum nātūrae valdē studiōsus,… Read more »

(Im)Perfect Practice

Bret Mulligan   November 30, 2015   Comments Off on (Im)Perfect Practice

A B I kept seeing the smoke. I saw the smoke. The ship was sailing to the shore. The ship sailed to the shore. Mother finally observed the sky. Mother habitually observed the sky. The judge usually prepares an argument. The judge did not prepare an argument. We felt ill yesterday. We felt ill while traveling. The rocks fell from… Read more »

Essay: The Part-Time Stoic A Review of Seneca’s Letters on Ethics

Bret Mulligan   November 23, 2015   Comments Off on Essay: The Part-Time Stoic A Review of Seneca’s Letters on Ethics

The latest essay from Eidolon is of relevance for our reading of Seneca: In the canon of ancient literature, where public genres — orations, national epics, and plays performed before thousands —predominate, it is the rare intimate or secretive voice that has most often captured the modern ear. The philosophic diary of Marcus Aurelius, known today as Meditations, commands the largest audience today… Read more »

“That part” = i.e. distinguisher

Salvete omnes discipuli clarissimi, In class we discussed the part of a verb that included the more (or less) then the regular stem and ending. It turns out that there is indeed a better term than “that part” (ista pars). I give you: themes and distinguishers Themes are the parts of a word that are invariable in all its morphemes. Distinguishers are the parts… Read more »