Month: July 2021

Who invented Latin?

The birth of Latin took place around 700 BC in a small settlement sloping up towards Palatine Hill. The speakers of this language were called Romans, after their legendary founder, Romulus. At the time, Rome was not a powerful empire. Does Latin come from Greek? Did Latin originate from Greek? Also no. They do, however, […]

A “Witness” and a “Testicle”? A Linguistic Analysis of the Latin Word “Testis”

“Witness” and “Testicle” 2 different words or the same? An efficient Linguistic Analysis of the Latin Word “Testis”

Students of Latin are often struck by the fact that the same Latin word testis meant both a “witness” and a “testicle.” Plautus, a famous Roman playwright of the first century BC, was aware that words could have double meanings. In fact, he played with this theme in one of his plays called Curculio to get laughs from the audience.