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Ancient Rome didn't have a part of its government devoted to collecting taxes. In fact, Rome didn't have much of a government at all under the Caesars. So how could the public be exploited through taxes? Enter the publicani, equestrians with tax collecting contracts.
The supines are an amazing to say bit of complex grammar. It is a strange fourth declension verbal noun only found in two cases: the accusative and ablative singular. This video covers formation and translation of this very weird noun... verb... verbal noun. Mirabile dictu!
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How much did teachers make in the ancient world? Since the Romans valued education, it had to have been more than the ancient sports figures, right?
Found buried in the ruins of Pompeii is a bit of graffiti with some magic to it. In this square, you can read forwards, backwards, up, or down, and still get the same message. But along with that is a hidden message of Christianity.
Caligula, the great-grandson of Augustus, was the third emperor of Rome. His name actually was Gaius, with Caligula being a nickname he hated later in life. In fact, hate was a common theme of his rule (37-41 AD).
With most words, Latin shows location by using the preposition in plus the ablative case. But this isn't the case for cities, towns, and small islands (and a few other words), which have kept a very old case - the locative.
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With the future of Rome in her hands, the Sibyl approached Tarquinius Superbus (the Proud) with the opportunity of a lifetime. But what would she do if he felt the price was too high?
Irregular verbs can be a bear, but fero, ferre is very important. This video covers the full conjugation of this irregular verb, then goes deeper and explains the irregularities.
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In order to punish or motivate poorly performing units (legions, cohorts), the Romans sometimes practiced decimation, which effectively wiped out 10% of their troops. But today, the root word behind decimation, decimus, tenth, is largely lost on English speakers.
The irregular verb eo, ire, ii (ivi) doesn't have that much irregularity. This video covers the full conjugation of the verb in the indicative mood for beginning and intermediate Latin students, and then goes into depth more about why the present tense is so strange.
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