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Julius Caesar is perhaps the most famous pontifex maximus in the history of Rome, although the emperors starting with Augustus also held the position. This title derives its name from the Latin words pons and facere. Literally, the pontifex built both actual bridges in Rome and metaphorical bridges between mankind and the gods.
The future passive participle, also known as the gerundive, is used in the passive periphrastic in order to express obligation or necessity, and also in gerundive phrases.
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Vespasian's last words reflect the idea of both emperor worship and the act of making emperors gods after their death. But is there also a sly comment on the famous last words of his predecessor Claudius?
There's more to Latin pronunciation than just knowing how consonants, vowels, and diphthongs sound. This video shows you how to identify and say syllables correctly, and this topic will soon be extended in a second video on accent. This also has an impact in poetry and how to determine the longs and short of a poetic line.
The accent in classical Latin is easy to learn once you have mastered the art of syllables. This video not only covers where to put your stress in the word, but also dives deep into the heavy and light bits of syllables.
Hexameter.co, a website created to help students, teachers, and lovers of ancient poetry practice their understanding of poetic meter. I created this website about a year ago, and it has seen hundreds of thousands of user attempts. Does it work? I think it does, and I think my data backs me up. Visit hexameter.co and see for yourself!
The first seven lines of Vergil’s Aeneid, arguably one of the greatest works of Latin literature, declares itself to be a tale of a refugee from the famous city of Troy who brought his old gods to Italy and eventually founded the race of people who would lead to the Romans of Augustus’ time. This video covers the Latin and major themes from these first seven lines.
In these lines of the Aeneid, Vergil invokes the muse to help him explain why Aeneas, a man of such great piety, would be forced to undergo so many trials and tribulations. We will see a reestablishment of the theme of rage. How does this compare with Homer's invocations of the muse in the Iliad and Odyssey?
We come across an ancient city, and we first think that it might be Troy. But no, it's Carthage, Juno's favorite city. And in fact, we learn that it's the future destruction of Carthage by Rome that provides the impetus for Juno's hatred of Aeneas and the Trojans.
There's more to Juno's disgust of Aeneas and the Trojans than just the fate of Carthage, her beloved city. There's the judgment of Paris, the fact that one of the founders of the Trojans is an illegitimate son of Jupiter, among other reasons. It's going to be very hard for Aeneas to found the Roman race!