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 »

Latin in the Simpsons

A surprisingly thorough account of Latin in the longest-running scripted television show in America: The Simpsons.   Over the past quarter-century, almost everything has been referenced on “The Simpsons,” and Latin is no exception.  However, no one has ever compiled a list of Latin references on the series, so here’s my catalog with commentary. Probably the most famous Latin phrase in… Read more »

Vocabulary Advice from Maiōrēs

Bret Mulligan   October 8, 2015   Comments Off on Vocabulary Advice from Maiōrēs

Salvēte discipulī, Although is no single method for learning, every learner needs a method, one that suites their learning style, weaknesses, and strengths. As one of your past classmates said, “In reality, the Delphic scripture has never been so relevant – you need to know what works for you.” Sound advice! I encourage you to review the Learning Vocabulary Handout. This handout presents… Read more »


  Themistoclēs → Themistoclēs Athēniēnsium → Athēniēnsis dux → ducēs homō → homō Xerxēs → Xerxēs rēx → rēgēs mīlitēs → mīlitēm nāvēs → nāvem Athēniēnsēs → Athēniēnsis Apollinis → Apollō hominibus → hominī Athēniēnsibus  → Athēniēnī fortitūdine → fortitūdinibus timōre → timōribus

The Ancient Civilization With Perfect Teeth

It was with a force greater than an atom bomb that Mount Vesuvius erupted and blotted out Pompeii in 79 A.D. Or, not blotted out, exactly. The city’s destruction, and the thing that has kept Pompeii so fascinating over the centuries, entails a paradox: The surge of ash and hot gas that blanketed thousands of victims also, simultaneously, preserved their… Read more »