Spotlight Foreign Language Series: Latin

Spotlight Foreign Language Series: Latin

The Roar is working with foreign language teachers to let students present their work in the original language. We continue this series with an article in Latin and its English translation by Nina Castilla.

Latina Omnia Vincit

Īdūs Mārtiae; diēs cautiōnis.1 Cūr? 2 quod in illo diē, in XLIV Ante Christum Natum, Gaius Īulius Caesar necatus est ab senatoribus in Curiā.3 nunc, “Et tū Brute” audimus colloquiumque de Idū habemus, sed quid est significatio nobis? 4

Nonnullo, Idiī non magni aestimatur autem “sonit similis pestilentia” (Aaron Goldstein ‘XII).5 sed aliis id est Diēs Monumentī Latinae.6 quamquam multī homines “Latina est mortua nunc et pro aeternā” dīciunt, Latina non est mortuus.7 in veritate, ita viva quodmodo ceterae linguae hodie.8

in mundō Romanōrum non haberunt quid nunc habemus in novō milleniō – computatrī Intereticulumque.9 sed quis dīxit nos, Romanī modernī, ea non habemus?10 nunc quisque habit epistulae-electronicae et amatī Latinam, id in nostrā linguā habēre possunt.11 Grex Latinae Loquentium est epistulae-electronicae situs intereticule in Latinā!12 amatores Romae et Facebook possunt habēre optimum ūtōrum mudōrum: chartas et Historia Nuntiorum in Latina.13 idem est praesto pro Wikipediā, aut Vicipaedia Latina, Google, et Automaton Argentius Machinas in urbe Vaticanā.14

līberī quoque fructus of Latinae et litterārum possunt usus esse!15 liberī , amatī ab līberī id est Harrius Potter, Winnie Illa Pu, et Arbor Alma, nunc in Latina transferentur.16 illa nova unda Latinae, pro senibus et iuvenibus, surget cum prīvus Īdūs Mārtiae.17 sed homī cum odiō Latinae in ille diēs, quī est sacer amicīs antiquitatis, dīcō “cave Īndūs Mārtiae, quod Latina tē vinet!”18

Latin Conquers All

The Ides of March; a day of caution.1 Why?2 Because on this day in 44 B.C., Gaius Julius Caesar was killed by statesmen in the Senate House.3 Now we hear “Et tū Brute” (“And you, Brutus?”) and have conversation about the Ides, but what significance is it to us? 4

To some, the Ides is not considered important or “sounds like an infectious disease” (Aaron Goldstein ’12).5 But to others it is the Memorial Day of Latin.6 Although many people say, “Latin is dead now and for eternity”, Latin is not dead.7 In truth, it is just as alive as any other language today.8

In the world of the Romans’ they did not possess what we do in the new millennium–– computers and the Internet9. But who said we, modern Romans, do not have these?10 Now everyone has email, and Latin maniacs can have them in our language.11 Grex Latinae Loquentium is an email server in Latin!12 Lovers of Rome and Facebook can now have the best of both worlds: profiles and News Feed in Latin.13 The same Latin option is available for Wikipedia, aka Vicaepidia Latina, Google, and even ATMs in Vatican City.14

Children can also enjoy the fruits of Latin and literature!15 Loved by kids, books such as Harry Potter, Winnie the Pooh, and The Giving Tree are now translated into Latin16. This new wave of Latin, for the young and old, grows with every March 15.17 But to those who have a hatred for Latin on this day, which is sacred to the friends of antiquity, I say “Beware the Ides of March, because Latin will vanquish you!”18