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Arma virumque cano . . .

The famous opening  to Vergil’s Aeneid:  “I sing of arms and a man.”  Truly, this is a line that every Latin scholar must know.  In my classes I often like to introduce each new chapter with such a famous quotation.  Even the youngest of  students seem to really enjoy the opportunity to read bits of real Latin, especially when the author is someone they have learned about in their history studies.  I love to use these quotations as a bonus question on the weekly quiz.  Occassionally, the translations put a new twist on an ancient phrase.  Recently this quotation appeared on a quiz for my third grade class.  The translation one little linguist gave: “I sing of arms and legs.”


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