Princeton's Latin salutatorian

A bright lad, by all accounts:

As a chemical engineering major, James Morrison has earned the top ranking in the department and a reputation among his professors as one of the most impressive students they have taught at Princeton.

But it is Morrison's love of Latin that will be highlighted at Princeton's Commencement ceremony on June 3, when he will deliver the traditional Latin address as the salutatorian of the class of 2008.

See more about this golden boy, including picture, on the Princeton site.

Automatic crossword puzzle maker

Here is a site that will arrange your words and the clues you provide. You can do it on-line, free, and print the result, or buy a program.

Here is what it made of the last few words in the GCSE Latin vocab list:
Vocab crossword

Latin Language dot us blog

Teachers may find some interesting stuff on this blog. I've only just come across it. It has been written, since last December, by Chris Jones.

Two and a half thousand articles

I notice that this will be blog article number 2502.

I am seriously considering the migration of the blog to a different server, but am daunted by the task of moving so much stuff.

Very many of the posts are ephemeral – notices of events to come or reports of visits of re-enactors to schools, and so on. But I flatter myself that there are many also of permanent value.

If I do change the blog to somewhere like blogger, which is free, it will be because we regularly exceed our bandwidth allocation and have to pay for more. I am very happy, otherwise, with the way Blogware works for us.

Perhaps it would be a useful, though very lengthy, exercise to separate the sheep from the goats, and move everything that has lasting value. On the other hand, summer is coming, with its invitation to get out and enjoy the outside world.

What to do? Watch this space.

Roman surgical instruments

A useful page from the University of Virginia of photos with explanations.

I haven't looked to see if the Cambridge Latin Course site has linked to this on its Medicus page.

Missed this one – Philip Howard to Boris Johnson spd

From The Times last Friday. Follow the link if you really need a translation. (Note: Magistratus is genitive)

To Boris Johnson, who apparently favours Latin as the official language of City Hall…

Philip Howard

Ad Borem Johannis Filium:

Ad te, puerum gratum, epistulam hanc gratulabundam Temporum Servi mittimus.

Salve, Faba Vetus.

Praefecti Londinensis proposita tametsi ioca Latine reddere, hic labor, hoc opus hominis litterati est. Nihilominus – Num Magistratus est? Si Latine ordine loqui in animo habes instituere in decurionum conciliis, linguae gymnnasium Latinae componere oportet. Urente Troia, Hecuba ad Priamum aetate provectum alloquebatur. “Non tali auxilio nec defensoribus istis tempus eget.” Te tamen, iuvenis, eget tempus. Sed in consilio multo diutius sedebis. Atque miserere scribas actorum diurnorum quos verba tua reddere cogunt et ars scribendi et Domini Nostri asperes.

Chichester Roman baths uncovered – link with new museum

From the Portsmouth News

AN IMPORTANT archaeological site that was once an ornate Roman baths is about to be uncovered for the first time in 17 years.

The Roman baths in Chichester were first discovered in the 1970s by Chichester archaeologist Alec Down and his team of volunteers.

The baths will form a key feature of the proposed Chichester District Museum and will be temporarily uncovered for archaeologists to inspect the relics.

Archaeology South East will be carrying out exploratory work on the site in Tower Street over a four-week period from Tuesday.

The baths are currently buried under a car park, which will be closed during the works and trees felled to assist the archaeologists.

Plans for a museum on the Tower Street site will include the re-excavation of the baths, allowing the remains to go on permanent display.

Councillor Nick Thomas, who is in charge of culture at Chichester District Council, said: 'While the district museum will tell the story of the whole district and be a hub for the area's heritage, having these remains is a great bonus.

'The whole team is looking forward to seeing the remains and checking their condition so that we can safeguard them in the new building.

'Although access to the car park will be closed, members of the public will be able to see the work in progress from the footpaths around the edge of the car park, giving them a glimpse of what they can expect to see at the proposed museum.'

After the excavations are complete, the lower, larger part of the car park will be re-opened, but to protect the Roman remains, the upper area will remain closed to car parking.