Monday, April 30, 2018

Corban and Simia in the Harena

harena - sand
vitrum - glass

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Four Seasons

ver / veris (n) - spring

flos - flower

aestas / aestatis (f) - summer

        The Latin word "aestivus " means summery.

Sol lucet hodie. - The sun is shining today.

autumnus / autumni (m) - autumn/fall

folia - leaves
arbor - tree
ventus - wind

hiems / hiemis (f) - winter

Ningit hodie. - It is snowing today.
nix - snow

The Latin word "hibernus" means wintry. What word in English does this remind you of? It is something that bears do in the winter.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Four Elements

Earth - terra
Air - aer
Fire - ignis
Water - aqua

The ancient Greek philosopher Thales of Miletus (c. 624-546 BC) was a great observer of nature and the order found in nature. He also excelled at geography. Using geometry, he calculated the height of the pyramids at Giza from the length of their shadows.

Thales taught that water was the original substance from which all things took form. He noted that water has many states: liquid, solid (ice), vapor (steam). He reasoned that everything that exists came from water and retains the essence of water.

Anaximenes of Miletus (c.585-524 BC) thought the first substance from which all things came was air. Other philosophers thought that the primal substance was fire.

Water, fire, and air rise up from earth. The substances that rise were viewed as trying to return to the sky or heaven, the place of the Creator.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Staying Power of Latin

Why learn a language that’s not spoken anywhere in the world? Writer Frankie Thomas shares her opinion on why we should learn Latin.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Latin and Chemistry

Learning Latin can help students with Chemistry!

Gold - aurum  The symbol for gold is Au.
Iron - ferrum  The symbol for iron is Fe.
Silver - argentum  The symbol for silver is Ag.
Copper - cyprium  The symbol for copper is Cu.
Lead - plumbum  The symbol for lead is Pb.
Tin - stannum  The symbol of tin is Sn.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Roman Mold Blown Glass

The Romans were not the first to create artifacts of glass. The ancient Egyptians and Greeks worked with glass much earlier. However, the Romans developed a method of creating glass vessels using clay molds. This video shows how it was done.

Making glass this way allowed for the production of many vessels that could be used as storage jars by merchants. Glass containers were used to store oil, wine, and medicines. These glass globes were used to store perfumes.

Glass is made from silica sand (harena) found at the beach.

 Add these words to your list of materials used by the ancient Romans. (Grades 3 and 4 should put these on index cards.)

Glass - vitrum
Sand - harena

Related reading: Roman Blown Glass; Roman Glass Artifacts