The Great Seal

Epic poetry is everywhere. The Great Seal of the United States, found (among other places) on the back of the one-dollar bill, contains two Latin mottoes on its reverse, which is on the left side of the bill. The seal was officially adopted by the U.S. government in 1782. I had never looked into these … Continue reading The Great Seal


Aeneid VI.123-132 (Vergil)

Talibus orabat dictis, arasque tenebat, cum sic orsa loqui vates: “Sate sanguine divom, 124 Tros Anchisiade, facilis descensus Averno; noctes atque dies patet atri ianua Ditis; sed revocare gradum superasque evadere ad auras, hoc opus, hic labor est. Pauci, quos aequus amavit Iuppiter, aut ardens evexit ad aethera virtus, 130 dis geniti potuere. Tenent media … Continue reading Aeneid VI.123-132 (Vergil)