#Latin Moment! Day Twenty-Two
Arena. That's a funny word. Aren't all English words? A-ree-nah. Why isn't arena spelled with two e's? It sounds like- wait, am I on?
Source: The Odyssey Online
Link to previous Latin Moment: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/38121118
Back in Ancient Rome, gladiators would fight in arenas, like the Colosseum. The word arena comes from the Latin word harena, which means sand. This is because the stadiums that games would take place in were filled with sand. And so the sand, the harena, became associated with the place where, for instance, gladiators would fight each other. Even though our arenas today aren't always filled with sand, they're still associated with violence and life or death situations.
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