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Carpe Diem: Seize The Day: A Little Book of Latin Phrases

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A linguistic treasure, this compact, engaging collection puts fifty-five revered Latin phrases at readers' fingertips, from the universally quoted caveat emptor (let the buyer beware) to ex nihilo, nihil fit (from nothing, nothing comes) to tempus fugit (time flies).

An entertaining volume with a scholarly twist, 'Carpe Diem: Seize the Day' will inform, advise, and delight
Hardcover, 59 pages
Published March 30th 1995 by Appletree Press
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Sep 06, 2016 Gerry rated it liked it
'Veni, vidi, vici' is perhaps the Latin phrase that many will remember. Translated 'I came, I saw, I conquered' it is the phrase popularly attributed to Julius Caesar who, according to Appian, used it in a letter to the Roman Senate around 47 BC.

The book title 'Carpe diem', 'Seize the day', is one also probably widely known for it is sometimes used in modern parlance when one is being urged to make the most of things. And, of course, probably everyone knows the old favourite, 'Tempus fugit', 'T
Sep 19, 2010 Kristina rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I never manage to work any of these into regular conversation, but the thought was there.
Sep 10, 2016 Dayla rated it it was amazing
As the introduction describes, "...for more than two millennia, Greek and Latin languages dominated the culture and religion of the western world. Latin was the lingua franca in Europe, and within living memory knowledge of Greek and Latin was the mark of the educated person." Now, we see Latin only in mottos (e.g. e pluribus unum; semper fi), coats of arms, and legal documents (see Law 101).

Yet, here are some phrases you can use with your friends when discussing current events:

Gentle in manner,
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