Beginner’s Guide to Speaking Latin and Impressing Your Friends

Have you ever wanted to sound like a master orator and appear sophisticated in front of your friends? Well, never fear — Latin is here. While your friends might be learning one of the common modern languages such as Spanish, French, or Mandarin, they most likely will not know much Latin beyond a few phrases …

Romans Being Used for Hate

Great paintings, murals, architecture, and statues: the ancient world had all of these and more. We admire and revere the ancients. Even now in the modern world, there are many ties back to the ancient world, affecting the way we see the world and interact with it. Our beliefs and ideals have been derived from …

Sports in Classical Antiquity

In today’s world, we enjoy making fun of barbaric Roman gladiator battles and laughing at the naked statues of Ancient Greek athletes. In terms of historical accuracy, these two examples are pretty truthful. In terms of self reflection, however, we might find these examples uncomfortably familiar. To better understand this and inflict insecurity in your …

Comparing the Res Publica (Roman Republic) to the US Government

Everyone learned that in the 1630’s, the Puritans bravely sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in search of freedoms they lacked in England beneath the overbearing rule of King Charles II. We know these patriotic Americans fought and won in the Revolutionary War against Great Britain in 1775, creating a need for a new government to …

Latin Insults for Everyday Life

What’s the best way to deal with someone you don’t like? You could try throwing them the cold shoulder, but that usually doesn’t work. Most times, they don’t even know that you are avoiding them or simply don’t care in general. If you really want to mess with someone, try insulting them (NOTE: Please don’t …

The Abduction of Persephone and Its Darker Historical Context

The myth of Hades and Persephone is a popular one that has been developed into many modern adaptations. From the popular Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the webcomic Lore Olympus, to the award-winning Broadway musical Hadestown, it’s clear that this myth has had a large effect on pop culture.  But what was the cultural …