How to Say "Love" As an Ancient Roman


Such colloquial expressions as "cave canem" meaning "beware the dog" have import even in modern day English. Yet, to study a classical language such as Latin of the ancient Romans makes for serendipitous moments in English literature. Here's a short lesson on how to say "Love" as if in ancient Rome.

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This is very important and it has to be in agreement with an associated verb.

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amor, caritas, pietas. Gender in Latin is very important for context. For example, "Amor" is the ancient Roman "god of love". "Venus" is the feminine counterpart.

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They are: present, imperfect, future, perfect, pluperfect and future perfect tense.

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present indicative; present infinitive; perfect indicative; and perfect passive

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This is conditional that knowing the declension of your noun as subject must be in agreement with the verb.

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First person singular, second person singular, etc. ERGO

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te amo = "I love you" amorem amamus = "We love love"

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Start with the works of Caesar. Even the scientific works of Sir Isaac Newton were written in Latin.