Inscription Outside Columbia’s Law Library, New York City


The Latin on this plaque is great: “The monuments of the architect look down from above throughout the years.” Nice thought, right? The real magic with this Latin phrase is the careful consideration of meter. Shakespeare was a master of iambic pentameter (e.g., “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day”), but for many poets from antiquity, the dactylic hexameter was the weapon of choice. (You can listen to a rather…enthusiastic recitation of it here.) McKim’s plaque, too, follows this metrical pattern. I leave the extra-credit scanning for you budding Latinists out there.

quote above from this site

photograph mine

Latin Twitter Feed Update

The Twitter feed project is going well. We spend some fruitful time at the beginning of each class going over some Tweets and the students, this quarter, are compiling their tweets into a portfolio for submission at the end of the quarter.

I was explaining the project to my colleague and he found this article that investigated and ultimately determined how to say Twitter in Latin. (Hint: Catullus 3 is involved.) I particularly liked seeing the Latin version in the Twitter font.