Life and Latine



Heterosexual: Attracted to the opposite gender

Homosexual: Attracted to the same gender

Bisexual: Attracted to both genders

Romosexual: Attracted to Caesar

no romo

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Stephen Boyd in “Ben-Hur”


Stephen Boyd in “Ben-Hur”

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Horace 1.37


Nunc est bibendum, nunc pede libero pulsanda tellus. “Now there must be drinking, now the earth must be beaten with free foot.”

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Roman theatre of Lugdunum (Lyon)
* constructed ca. 15 BCE
* capacity: 10 000


Roman theatre of Lugdunum (Lyon)

* constructed ca. 15 BCE

* capacity: 10 000

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The Ides of March
  • Brutus and others: *stabs caesar 23 times*
  • Julius Caesar: I came here to have a good time and honestly I'm feeling so attacked right now
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Why was mittere cold?
Because he forgot his present active participle!

I think I’m going to be a Latin joke-writer when I grow up. It’s clearly my calling.


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Roman, Ring, 375-400 (source).


Roman, Ring, 375-400 (source).

(Source: aleyma)

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How I spent my time at Pompeii today

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if you were a twin in ancient rome they would name the firstborn and then name the secondborn after the firstborn


if your older twin’s name was geminus, your name would be anti-geminus

that is the equivalent of naming your children steve and not steve

so what happened when triplets were born 

Steve, Not Steve, Definitely Not Steve.

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The Baths of Caracalla

Elaborate public baths constructed by the Emperor Caracalla around 216 CE, were a center of Roman social life and one of the great engineering triumphs of the 3rd Century. Sprawling over some 33 acres on Rome’s outskirts, the baths were a vast complex of business and entertainment establishments. At the center of everything were the baths themselves - a “frigidarium” (cold bath), several “tepidaria” (warm baths) and a “calidarium” (steam bath); most bathers passed through them in that order. Aqueducts fed thousands of gallons of mountain water into the system. Water for the tepidaria and calidarium  was heated by the wood-burning furnaces connected to a network of steam pipes beneath the floors.  The baths would remain in use until the 6th century when Goths destroyed aqueducts that supplied the baths with water. 

These are great photos, but they really really need people in them. There isn’t, in my opinion, the proper sense of scale to these, which is the thing about the baths of Caracalla. The complex looks like it was built for twenty-foot giants, not normal people - except that they used nearly human-sized bricks, which must number in the tens of millions to make up for that fact. It’s absurd, overwhelming, and just plain huge.

(via me on dA: visit there for the full 4000x3000 images)

(Source: last-of-the-romans)

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