A hauntingly illustrated guide to memorable Latin phrases, including famous quotations on love, death, nature, politics, and more.
Latin may be a “dead” language, but it’s all around us—in science, philosophy, religion, and at the root of English grammar. From “carpe diem” to the more obscure “alea iacta est,” classicist Maia Lee-Chin explains the fascinating origins of many Latin phrases still in use—as well as those that have been lost to the ages.
Each entry includes a direct translation, attribution, origin, and a striking, full-page illustration by Italian artist Marta Bertello. A beautiful object as well as a useful reference book, Et Cetera brings ancient knowledge and culture to life for readers of the 21st Century.
Maia Lee-Chin is a classicist and educator whose research interests include classical reception, early elementary literacy, community engagement, and urban education. She studied Classical Languages and Education at Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. Born in New York City and raised in north Jersey, she is now based in Boston, Massachusetts.
Marta Bertello is a freelance illustrator from Turin, Italy. She graduated with honors from the Albertina Fine Art Academy and later moved to Venice, were she currently lives and works. She is fascinated by suspended, slightly unsettling atmospheres, medieval iconography, and magic realism.
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