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#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.

Stay safe, Assassin

April 27, 2020



I study Latin, not on Duolingo, and I find that very interesting!


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