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Roman Statue Uncovered on Israel’s Coast

One of the strongest storms to hit Israel’s coast in recent history has uncovered an ancient treasure.  The storm buffeted the coastline of the ancient town of Caesarea (modern day Ashkelon).  A cliff along the coast collapsed revealing a beautiful statue that early estimates date back to a Roman occupation nearly 2,000 years ago.  You can see some great pics and read more about this wonderful discovery at the links provided.

Mail Online: “The Sea Gave her Back”

Huffington Post: “Ancient Roman Statue Uncovered in Israel Storm

Washington Post: “Roman Statue Rises from the Sea”

Israel National Mediterranean Returns Lost Roman Statue to Ashkelon”

Latin Comic Strip – Pearls Before Swine

Pearls Before Swine is one of my favorite comic strips. I love the wit of the writers and their frequent use of puns. My husband pointed out this particular strip, which had me in stitches. Read the rest of this entry »

Brown Symposium – Georgetown, Texas

Southwestern University will host the 32nd annual Brown Symposium on Feb. 11 - 12. The theme for this year is IMPERIUM: The Art of Empire in Rome and America. The symposium will offer a wonderful schedule of speakers Read the rest of this entry »

Facebook in Latin

Hey, all you Facebook users out there! Did you know that you can change your FB language to Latin? You can change the language by scrolling to the bottom of the page, clicking the blue "English" link, and Read the rest of this entry »

The Fantastic Mr. Fox

This evening we took our kids to see the new movie, The Fantastic Mr. Fox. The kids loved it and I was thrilled at Mr. Fox’s relative proficiency with Latin terms Read the rest of this entry »

National Mottos

Those of you using Latin Alive Book 1 are learning the many state mottos in our nation written in Latin.  Did you know that there are more than thirty nations around the world that also have Latin mottos?  Some are from places you may not expect like Bermuda or Suriname.  These national mottos will be featured as the chapter maxims for Latin Alive Book 2.  Take a peek at the list below.  If you find one not on my list, please add it via the comment section.  I’d like to include as many as I can!

National Latin Mottos (past and present)

  1. Andorra: Virtus unita fortior (Strength united is stronger)
  2. Austria: Austriae est imperare orbi universo (It is for Austria to rule the world)
  3. Australia: Orta recens quam pura nites!  (Recently risen how bright you shine!)
  4. Austria-Hungary: Indivisibiliter ac Inseparabiliter (Indivisibly and inseparably)
  5. Bahama Islands: Commercia expulsis piratis restituta (Commerce restored with the pirates expelled)
  6. Belize: Sub umbra floreo (Under the shade I flourish)
  7. Bermuda: Quo fata ferunt (Whither the fates carry us)
  8. Canada: A mari usque ad mare (From sea all they way to sea)
  9. Denmark: Dominus mihi adiutor.  (The Lord is my helper)
  10. Hungary: formerly Regnum Mariae Patrona Hungariae (Kingdom of Mary, the Patron of Hungary)
  11. Kingdom of Italy: Foedere et Religione Tenemur (We are held together by pact and by religion)
  12. Mauritius: Stella clavisque Maris Indici (Star and key of the Indian Ocean)
  13. Monaco: Deo juvante (With God’s help)
  14. Netherlands Antilles: Libertate unanimus (Unified by freedom)
  15. Newfoundland: Terra nova, haec tibi dona fero. (New Land, these gifts I bring to thee)
  16. Panama: Pro mundi beneficio (For the benefit of the world)
  17. Kingdom of Portugal: vis unita maior nunc et semper (Unity is the biggest strength, now and forever)
  18. Prussia: Suum cuique (To each his own?
  19. Puerto Rico: Joannes Est Nomen Eius (John is his name)
  20. Prince Edward’s Island: Parva sub ingenti (small things under great)
  21. Rhodesia: Nomine digna (May she be worthy of the name)
  22. Romania: formerly Nihil Sine Deo (Nothing without God)
  23. Sain Vincent and the Grenadines: Pax et justitia (Peace and justice)
  24. San Marino: Libertas (Liberty”)
  25. Saxony: Providentiae memor.  (Keep Providence in Mind)
  26. Scotland: Nemo me impune lacessit (No one strikes me with impunity.)
  27. Seychelles: Finis coronat opus (The end crowns the work)
  28. South Africa: Ex Unitate Vires (From unity, strength)
  29. Spain:Plus ultra (Further beyond)
  30. Suriname: Justitia, pietas, fides (Justice, piety, loyalty)
  31. Switzerland: Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno (One for all, all for one, traditional, but not official)
  32. Trinidad: Miscerique probat populos et foedera iungi. (He approved of the mingling of peoples and their being joined together by treaties)
  33. United States: E pluribus unum (Out of many, one)
  34. Windward Islands: I Pede fausto.  (Go with a lucky foot)

ACCS Spotlight on Latin Students

The Association of Classical Christian Schools has cast their spotlight on a couple of Latin students. After reading a post on this blog site they ran a story on the high AP Latin and Chemistry scores earned by a couple of tenth grade students at Grace Academy of Georgetown. You can read the article here in their October Forum.

Nero’s Diningroom Unearthed

"Archaeologists on Tuesday unveiled what they think are the remains of Roman emperor Nero's extravagant banquet hall, a circular space that rotated day and night to imitate the Earth's movement and impress his guests." Read the rest of this entry »

Was Rome Built In A Day?

Rome wasn’t built in a day, or was it? It was in Texas this weekend. On September 26th, Los Angeles-based artist Liz Glynn and an army of fellow volunteers did build Rome in a day (24 hours to be precise) at Arthouse. It was organized chaos and a whole lot of fun. I took some reinforcements, a few of the younger members of Grace Academy’s Latin Club, to help with the project. Our assignment: the Baths of Agrippa. You can see a picture of our team below and the famous baths (just don’t compare our version too closely with the original). For more information and pictures of this project please visit the Arthouse website.

GA Latin Students reconstruct a portion of Rome.

GA Latin Students reconstruct a portion of Rome.