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Salve Draco In answer to your question about being able to read Swedish... After visiting Sweden a couple of times (and falling in love with the place) I was intrigued by the language, so I bought myself a teach-yourself book and learnt a bit - it's not too difficult for a native English-speak...
by Quintus Marius Primus
on Thu Jul 15, 2004 2:08 pm
 
Forum: Introductions
Topic: What languages do you speak?
Replies: 36
Views: 14178

New look to SVR

Love the new look to the website - congrats!
by Quintus Marius Primus
on Tue Jul 13, 2004 5:53 pm
 
Forum: Comitia
Topic: New look to SVR
Replies: 6
Views: 892

Being English, my knowledge beyond a particular point is a little limited, but I can speak French and Welsh fairly well, some German, and can read Spanish, Swedish, and (dare I mention it) Esperanto... Oh yeah, and apparently English!
by Quintus Marius Primus
on Tue Jul 13, 2004 5:52 pm
 
Forum: Introductions
Topic: What languages do you speak?
Replies: 36
Views: 14178

Salve Romuli I've had a look at this website, and to be honest I'm not that impressed with it. For starters, to have waving flags of the modern Palastinian authority is a rather incongruous. Not unless the Palastinians claim him as one of their own, which I somehow doubt! Then the design and...
by Quintus Marius Primus
on Fri Jul 02, 2004 5:43 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Historicum
Topic: Hannibal Barca Website
Replies: 5
Views: 2199

I never did it at school, purely for the fact that it was not available! Most British schools don't teach it anymore anyway - and it's hard enough to get British kids to learn French and Spanish, let alone a language that is "dead". To be honest, looking back I probably wouldn't have been intere...
by Quintus Marius Primus
on Mon Jun 21, 2004 5:52 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Linguarum
Topic: Did you take Latin?
Replies: 11
Views: 3431

Salve Lupe All I know is that the link you had was originally from the BBC's website based on a BBC TV programme called "What the Romans Did For Us" (paying homage to Monty Python and the Life of Brian!). If you want to see the original, here's the link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/r...
by Quintus Marius Primus
on Mon Jun 14, 2004 2:12 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Militarium
Topic: Roman Flag system
Replies: 10
Views: 3340

Salve Draco

Tibi gratias ago. That does indeed help - thanks. I was aware that the English word sinister came from the Latin for left, but wasn't sure if this meaning goes back that far.

BTW, think the vocative for Quintus is Quinte

Ave
by Quintus Marius Primus
on Fri Jun 11, 2004 5:03 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Vitae Quotidianae
Topic: South Paws
Replies: 7
Views: 3925

South Paws

Salvete Romani

Anyone know what the Roman attitude to left-handedness was? Were they like the Victorians in my country who forced people to write with their right hand, or was it simply not an issue for them?

Avete
by Quintus Marius Primus
on Fri Jun 11, 2004 3:15 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Vitae Quotidianae
Topic: South Paws
Replies: 7
Views: 3925

Tibi multas gratias ago - that actually makes a load of sense! Now I know why! I guess the Romans could have introduced one cohort of left-handed legionnaries and positioned it on the extreme left of the legion, in order to prevent the left flank from collapsing. Having played left-handed peopl...
by Quintus Marius Primus
on Fri Jun 11, 2004 3:02 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Militarium
Topic: Legionary disposition
Replies: 2
Views: 1197

Re: cookies

when we think of cookies, we think of something hard and flat, but I suppose Roman cookies were different. They didn't use sugar, but honey to sweeten them, so they must have been not as dry as our cookies and more sticky, like gingerbread. And no chocolate chips either! Just not the same with...
by Quintus Marius Primus
on Fri Jun 11, 2004 2:52 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Vitae Quotidianae
Topic: Crustulum
Replies: 9
Views: 4609

Legionary disposition

Salvete I have read that in the post-Marian legion the strongest cohorts were positioned to the right of the formation. Does anyone know why this is so? Was it just some sort of historical convention that the right should be favoured or was there actually some tactical rationale behind this...
by Quintus Marius Primus
on Mon Jun 07, 2004 1:50 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Militarium
Topic: Legionary disposition
Replies: 2
Views: 1197

Have just had a quick look at Interlingua on the Internet and it looks more like an amalgam of the modern Latin-based languages rather than on Classical Latin. So it has features like definite and indefinite articles, no case distinctions, the genitive formed with "de", plurals formed by adding -s ...
by Quintus Marius Primus
on Fri May 28, 2004 12:36 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Linguarum
Topic: Latin as lingua franca for the European Union?
Replies: 28
Views: 7627

Salvete! Is Latin dead? Well from a Linguistics point of view it is and it isn't! Just like a lot of things with human languages things aren't always as simple as we'd like them to be! Let me (try to) explain. What determines whether a language is dead or living is simply whether there are a...
by Quintus Marius Primus
on Thu May 27, 2004 4:49 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Linguarum
Topic: Is Latin dead (cont'd)?
Replies: 10
Views: 2487

Salvete One quick question about Latin becoming a lingua franca of the EU: which pronunciation would you use? The way the language is pronounced would need to be agreed on. I've had plenty of "heated" discussions with people before on the correct way of pronouncing Latin with me being a propone...
by Quintus Marius Primus
on Thu May 27, 2004 4:44 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Linguarum
Topic: Latin as lingua franca for the European Union?
Replies: 28
Views: 7627

Relationships between slaves and masters

Avete Romani

Does anyone know if there is any evidence of master and slave "falling in love" and marrying (after the slave had been granted freedon), or did the stratified nature of Roman society prevent the masters from even considering such a match?

Valete, et gratias multas

Marius Primus
by Quintus Marius Primus
on Thu May 27, 2004 4:06 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Vitae Quotidianae
Topic: Relationships between slaves and masters
Replies: 6
Views: 2207

There is one film you've all missed that cimply cannot be beaten, and that's Monty Python and the Life of Brian...! Ok, so it's probably not too hot on historical accuracy, but it is a genius film nonetheless! The latin grammar sketch particularly always gets me going...

Valete
by Quintus Marius Primus
on Wed May 12, 2004 5:02 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Artium et Litterarum
Topic: Best Roman movies
Replies: 26
Views: 17569

Salve Draco Aramaic, Arabic, and also Hebrew are indeed all related languages, and are in fact members of the Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family. To my understanding Hebrew and Aramaic are closer to each other than Arabic, but all of them are too distant enough for mutual intelli...
by Quintus Marius Primus
on Wed May 12, 2004 4:54 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: "I see stupid people!" - Not taking Antiquity seri
Replies: 9
Views: 2839

Salvete! Another reason why Greek survived was that it as also a language of high esteem within the Roman Republic and Empire, and was in fact the language of learning for many Romans. Those non-native Romans who had the financial clout to have an education actually learnt Greek before they mo...
by Quintus Marius Primus
on Mon Apr 19, 2004 8:55 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Linguarum
Topic: Why did Greek survive?
Replies: 3
Views: 1114

Salve Bruti

No worries there. Actually, it's been really interesting reading everyone's views on this subject. And it's also good to hear of people in England with an interest in the Celtic languages!

Vale

Marius Primus
by Quintus Marius Primus
on Mon Apr 19, 2004 8:38 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Linguarum
Topic: Latin as lingua franca for the European Union?
Replies: 28
Views: 7627

Just a couple of points based on some of the last posts. As a student of linguistics and as a Welsh speaker (second language), I can tell you that Welsh (plus Breton and Cornish) have NOT been massively influenced by Latin. Certainly not to the same degree as English, or even German which maintain...
by Quintus Marius Primus
on Sun Apr 18, 2004 10:43 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Linguarum
Topic: Latin as lingua franca for the European Union?
Replies: 28
Views: 7627
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