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Love conquers all -- The imporatance of learning Latin

 
Tuesday, January 29, 2008, 10:34 - Learn Latin Language, Latin Translation, Popular Latin Phrases, Mottos, Slogans
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Omnia vincit amor - Love conquers all

In one of the last episodes of the Showtime Original Series 'The Tudors'(Season One) there is a following exchange between, if I recall correctly, Henry VIII and his courtier (I only convey the part that pertains to this discussion):

C. Omnia vincit amor!
H. Ah, yes! Everybody is won by love!

I would not vouchsafe for the precision of the quote, but the gist is there. What's happening? Henry VIII clearly misinterprets the first half of Virgil's famous line from Eclogue 10:

Omnia vincit Amor: et nos cedamus Amori.

Yes, 'Love conquers all' is the correct translation. However, this 'all' is Neuter. Thus the meaning of the phrase is more philosophical: 'Love conquers all things, everything in existence'. Henry interprets it in a very trite sense: 'All people are subject to love'. Sure, he was a real expert in matters of love, but I won't believe that he was not a good enough Latinist to see a very simple grammatical point.

The moral is, it is ok to quote translations of Latin phrases. But one should not modify these translations, because the resulting paraphrase can become untrue to the original!

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More Latin car company names

 
Previously I wrote about Volvo:

http://www.inrebus.com/index.php?entry= ... 118-000634

The funny thing is that company names are so recognizable as such that it takes a special effort to notice their Latin roots. I trust these little snippets of corporate Latin may be useful for teaching Latin. Something along the lines of "see, children, how important Latin is? If you ever start a car company you will need a logo, so you better know your Latin."

Audi - "Hear!".
Fiat - "Let it be!" This one is, of course, reminiscent of Genesis 1.3: Dixitque Deus fiat lux et facta est lux.
Infiniti - Nominal Plural of "infinitus" 'boundless, endless, unlimited'. Technically, this can also be Genetive Sing., but that would not make much sense.
Lotus - "Lotus". This common plant name also means 'washed, clean' and in some cases may be taken to mean 'fashionable, luxurious, fine etc'.
Volvo - "I roll".

See also: Business Names: Never Boring!
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Old Loeb editions online

 
Sunday, January 20, 2008, 14:35 - Books, dictionaries and texts, Learn Latin Language, Latin Translation, Poetry, Literature, Music
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Since my very reasonable (in my opinion) suggestion to commemorate Loeb's 500th and 501st volumes by the way of a promotional "500 Loebs for $500" sale fell through...

Early Loebs, with their idiosyncratic translations are indexed on this page:

http://www.edonnelly.com/loebs.html

Keep in mind that there are also links to recently published Loebs, to you need to look closely to find the freebies.
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Learn Latin by watching DVDs?

 
Friday, December 21, 2007, 02:06 - Learn Latin Language, Latin Language
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Yep, that's the idea. A Latin Course called Latina Christiana is technically meant to be used with a textbook, but, in my opinion, some success can be achieved from simply watching the lessons and doing homework. Church pronunciation is used throughout the program, expectedly so. There is, however, a brief explanation of the main differences that exist between Classical and Church systems of pronunciation. Students interested in reading Roman authors are encouraged to become familiar with the restored pronunciation. I have plans to write a thorough review after spending more time watching the lessons. My initial impression is that folks who home school their kids would be very appreciative of the extra assurance gained from being able to use the help of a real qualified instructor. More often than not people are trying to teach Latin without ever getting a chance to learn it. And I think that it's not that terrible, as long as proper procedures are followed!


www.memoriapress.com/descriptions/Latina1.html

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