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Does Lincolnshire Roman Find Offer Clue To Emperor's Curse?

Three folded lead tablets discovered in a field in Falstow, Lincolnshire, England. may be unique curse tablets against a Roman Emperor at a time of political unrest in Roman Britain.

Sam Moorhead, an expert on Roman coins thinks the tablets could have been made by a supporter of Valentius.



Is this the secret cave of Romulus and Remus ?

Rome, situated on the river Tiber, is built on and around seven hills and was founded, according to legend,by Romulus on the Palatine hill (753 BC) Roman mythology has it that Romulus, the son of Mars and a vestal virgin, together with his twin brother Remus, was abandoned as an infant to die but was suckled by a she-wolf.
It was for that reason that the Emperor Augustus built his palace on the Palantine. Now the cave, known as the Lupercal,(lupus-wolf) where the she- wolf was believed to have suckled the twins has been found. This discovery it is said will be the greatest discovery ever.You can see from the picture the allmost perfectly preserved mosaics. Archeologists are now extending the nearbye scaffolding in an attempt to find the entrance to this cave.



Inkhorn Words

During the 16th and on through the 18th century English writers created huge numbers of new words from Latin and Greek roots. These words, dubbed "inkhorn" or "inkpot" words (as if they had spilled from a pot of ink), were rich in flavour and meaning. Many of these words were used once by the author and then forgotten, but some remain. Imbibe, extrapolate, and inebriation are all inkhorn terms carved from Latin and Greek words.

"Ignis Fatuus"

This summer I visited Foxfire Botanical Garden . Our guide explained the name Foxfire is the name of a ghostly blue light sometimes seen over a marsh at night. Another name for this light is "ignis fatuus". Being a Latin student, that caught my attention so I Googled ignis fatuus and found recorded observations of this light date back to Aristotole and Pliny the Elder.

And from the American Heritage Dictionaries: ignis fatuus, A phosphorescent light that hovers or flits over swampy ground at night.....also called friar's lantern, jack-o'-lantern, will-o'-the wisp and foxfire.

This is one of the many reasons I love Latin class. Before Latin I would not have noticed and just took the guide's word for it. After all I was in a garden and Latin should be spoken there, but this was a bonus. So interesting to find the Latin language is not dead. Another bonus is the great teachers, students, volunteers and staff at SeniorNet. Meeting people from all over the world and learning Latin together--doesn't get much better than that.


QUOTE: The oldest dating for the most common phrase, Will-o'-the-wisp, in the OED is from the dramatist John Day's "Law-trickes" (1608). The oldest for ignis fatuus is in William Folke's "A Goodly Gallery (Book of Meteors)" (1563) as "[t]his impression seene on the land, is called in Latine, Ignis fatuus, foolish fire, that hurteth not, but only feareth fooles." UNQUOTE


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