[Owl] Lesson 1 (2007/05/15)

* Why learning Latin?

* Language chart

* Romance languages

* Latin during the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages

* Gregorian chants & calendar

* Names of days in a week

* Some Latin words used in English

* Some English words derived from Latin

* Latin used in computer language

* Phonology

Maxim 1-10 (cases, preposition + nouns)

1) Ars longa, vita brevis.

Art is long, life is short. (Seneca, De brevitate vitae)

2) Ab ovo usque ad mala.

From the egg right to the apple (i.e. from the beginning to the end). (Horace, Ars poetica)

3) Ex oriente lux, ex occidente lex.

From the east the light, from the west the law. (N/A)

4) Homo homini lupus.

Man is man's wolf. (Plautus, Asinaria )

5) Lupus in fabula

The wolf in the tale (i.e. speak of the wolf, and he will come) (Terence, Adelphoe )

6) Mater artium necessitas.

Necessity is the mother of invention. (N/A )

7) Mens sana in corpore sano.

A sound mind in a sound body. (Juvenalis, Saturae )

8) Non multa, sed multum.

Not many, but much. (Meaning, not quantity but quality. Plinius Iunior, Epistulae )

9) Vox populi, vox Dei.

The voice of the people is the voice of God. (From Homer, The Odyssey )

10) Primus inter pares.

First among equals. (Used about someone who is the first in a group without having any authority over his/her colleagues.)


* Honorary Degrees

* Grammatical functions - a test

* Understanding English grammar - Prolegomena to Latin - Prof. William Harris