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Does ‘decimate’ really mean ‘destroy one tenth’?

Does ‘decimate’ really mean ‘destroy one tenth’? | LiveLatin | Scoop.it

Most people have a linguistic pet peeve or two, a useful complaint about language that they can sound off about to show other people that they know how...


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The Ascendancy of Octavian

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The great sociologist Max Weber asserted that political leadership can only achieve legitimacy through one of three forms: traditional, charismatic, and rational-legal.

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Here Mike Anderson summarizes the events that led Octavian to become Agustus. It is always fascinating to run through these events to appreciate the skills and celerity of mind possessed by Augustus, even at such a young age. No wonder he ruled the empire for as long as he did!

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Glass & gold.

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Glass & gold. roman (probably alexandria), 4th century.


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Ti. Claudius Nero

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Ti. Claudius Nero...innutritus caelestium praeceptorum disciplinis, iuvenis genere, forma, celsitudine corporis, optimis studiis maximoque ingenio instructissimus, qui protinus quantus est, sperari potuerat visuque praetulerat principem... (G.Velleius Paterculus, Historiarum Libri Duo, II, 94, 2)


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Top 10 Roman Forts in Britain

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The following is our view of the top ten roman forts in Provincia Britannia. Provincia Britannia, today known as Roman Britain, was a province of the Roman Empire from 43 to 409, spanning at its height in 160, the southern three-quarters of the...

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Vocabula hodierna


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Everyday words in Latin! Split into categories from aviation to sport to scientific processes to marine life, to every single type of book you could possibly think of...

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Roman temple clues found during dig

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The remains of a what is suspected to be a Roman temple are uncovered by archaeologists who had been searching for a lost 11th Century church.


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The Top Ten Scandalous Women of Ancient Rome

The Top Ten Scandalous Women of Ancient Rome | LiveLatin | Scoop.it
The list continues with the most scandalous plots, deeds, affairs, and more. Who do you think will be number one?

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Ancient Peoples - Imperial Eagle Late Roman 4th-5th Century AD

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Imperial Eagle
Late Roman
4th-5th Century AD
A rare example of the gem-carver’s art is this lapis lazuli eagle, possibly the finial (top) of an imperial scepter. Lapis enjoyed great popularity in the...

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...rare indeed...

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AWOL - The Ancient World Online: Open Access Journal: Bulletin Analytique d'Histoire Romaine

AWOL - The Ancient World Online: Open Access Journal: Bulletin Analytique d'Histoire Romaine | LiveLatin | Scoop.it

Créé en 1962 par Edmond Frézouls, le Bulletin Analytique d'Histoire Romaine (BAHR) se présentait annuellement comme une suite d'analyses d'articles de revues scientifiques, classées thématiquement et touchant l'histoire et l'archéologie romaines.


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The development of Roman culture through contact with Greece ...

Simple Greek words are interjected into his plays and Plautus also takes the literal assimilation of Greek further, combining Latin words with Greek words as well as using the rather Aristophanic technique of creating ...


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Redones Latini: Archives du journal en latin

Redones Latini: Archives du journal en latin | LiveLatin | Scoop.it

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Dimissioni Papa - testo latino

Dimissioni Papa - testo latino

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The Pope's resignation speech in Latin

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Wall at Pompeii collapses after heavy rain

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A Roman wall at Pompeii in southern Italy has collapsed, local archaeologists say, in the latest in a series of accidents at the ancient city buried by a volcanic explosion 2 000 years ago.

 

The section of wall some two metres (seven feet)long was part of the ruins of a house at the sprawling site near Naples. The area has seen heavy rain in recent weeks, and previous collapses have been linked to bad weather.

 

The local archaeological authority said in a statement that the announcement of a tender for the long-delayed conservation project was "imminent".


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"Deformity and Disability in Greece and Rome."

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Nicole Kelley's essay "Deformity and Disability in Greece and Rome," which is part of the edited volume This Abled Body: Rethinking Disabilities and Biblical Studies, offers an interesting and brief engagement with disabilities and deformities in...

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O TEMPORA, O MORES!

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a.d.VI Id.Nov:

Quo usque tandem abutere, Catilina, patientia nostra? quam diu etiam furor iste tuus nos eludet? quem ad finem sese effrenata iactabit audacia? nihilne te nocturnum praesidium Palati, nihil urbis vigiliae, nihil timor populi, nihil concursus bonorum omnium, nihil hic munitissimus habendi senatus locus, nihil horum ora voltusque moverunt? patere tua consilia non sentis, constrictam iam horum omnium scientia teneri coniurationem tuam non vides? quid proxima, quid superiore nocte egeris, ubi fueris, quos convocaveris, quid consili ceperis quem nostrum ignorare arbitraris? O tempora, o mores! senatus haec intellegit, consul videt; hic tamen vivit... (M.Tullius Cicero, Oratio in Catilinam prima, 1-2)


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Why Machines Alone Cannot Solve the World's Translation Problem

Why Machines Alone Cannot Solve the World's Translation Problem | LiveLatin | Scoop.it
There is a beautiful simplicity in statistical machine translation, such as Google Translate. Essentially, the more data you have, the better the probability of a high-quality translation as an end result.

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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, January 9, 6:21 PM

Sixty years ago this week, scientists at Georgetown and IBM lauded their machine translation "brain," known as the 701 computer. The "brain" had successfully translated multiple sentences from Russian into English, leading the researchers to confidently claim that translation would be fully handled by machines in "the next few years."

Fast forward six decades, and MIT Technology Review makes a remarkably similarproclamation: "To translate one language into another, find the linear transformation that maps one to the other. Simple, say a team of Google engineers."

Simple? Not exactly.

Even in the 1950s, IBM acknowledged that to translate just one segment "necessitates two and a half times as many instructions to the computer as are required to simulate the flight of a guided missile." It's also highly doubtful that the scientists at Google see anything "simple" about their new method, which relies on vector space mathematics.

Granted, there is a beautiful simplicity in statistical machine translation, such as Google Translate. Essentially, the more data you have, the better the probability of a high-quality translation as an end result. But what do you do when you don't have enough data? Or in the case of Google, what do you do when the data might be out there somewhere, but it isn't part of the free and public web that you're designed to mine?

That's when you come up with new techniques, just as Google has done. Their new method -- one that is meant to complement, but not replace their statistical approach -- automatically creates dictionaries and phrase tables without help from humans. The new technique uses data mining in order to compare the structure of one language to another, and then generates phrase tables and dictionaries accordingly. This means that Google won't have to rely exclusively on documents available in two languages to improve its translation quality. It will have other methods, such as this new one, to add to the mix.

 
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Hannibal le Carthaginois bientôt sur petit écran grâce à Halle Berry

Hannibal le Carthaginois bientôt sur petit écran grâce à Halle Berry | LiveLatin | Scoop.it
L'actrice américaine Halle Berry se joint à la chaîne câblée History pour tourner une mini-série sur Hannibal. Pas Lecter, l’autre: le légendaire général carthaginois. Hannibal sur petit écran

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Halle Berry + History channel are making a miniseries about Hannibal (no, not the cannibal, the one with the elephants)

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The 10 Coolest Dead Languages

The 10 Coolest Dead Languages | LiveLatin | Scoop.it
Just because no one speaks them anymore doesn't mean they aren't TOTALLY BADASS.
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Et tu, Disney? Why Latin Still Matters

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Although considered by many as a ‘dead’ language, Latin remains an influential and relevant cultural phenomenon to this day. Dr Ingrid de Smet demonstrates the classical language’s continued vitality and employment, with some help from Finnish radio, sixteenth-century falconry and Sebastian from Disney's The Little Mermaid.


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I make these Disney videos - this is surreal!

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Latin Words and Phrases Every Man Should Know

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What do great men like Benjamin Franklin, Teddy Roosevelt, and Winston Churchill have in common? They all were proficient in Latin. From the Middle A

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Archaeology Briefs: MAJOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL DISCOVERY IN ROME -- A 900 SEAT AUDITORIUM FROM HADRIAN'S TIME

Archaeology Briefs: MAJOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL DISCOVERY IN ROME -- A 900 SEAT AUDITORIUM FROM HADRIAN'S TIME | LiveLatin | Scoop.it

Archaeologists have presented the completed excavation of a 900-seat auditorium under Rome's Piazza Venezia, which they are hailing as the city's most significant discovery since the Roman Forum was unearthed 80 years ago.


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Mythweb Search

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Social complexity and religion at Rome in the second and first centuries BCE

Social complexity and religion at Rome in the second and first centuries BCE | LiveLatin | Scoop.it
This thesis studies the religious system of the city of Rome and its immediate hinterland from the end of the Second Punic War to the emergence of autocratic rule shortly before the turn of the millennium.

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Benedict abdicates

Benedict's abdication was made in Latin. Here is a video with subtitles.

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Ancient Roman paintings, Theatrical Woman masks, Pompeii

Ancient Roman paintings, Theatrical Woman masks, Pompeii | LiveLatin | Scoop.it

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