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#Latin Moment! Day Thirty

Let them eat bread! We're out of cake...

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Link to preivous Latin Moment: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/38363229

If you've read The Hunger Games or watched the movies, you've heard of Panem. This comes from the Latin phrase "panem et circenses," which means "bread and circuses." The origin of the phrase is credited to the Roman poet Juvenal, and it refers "to the use of entertainment and plentiful food to distract citizens into giving up their freedoms and political power." If you give the people food and fun, they won't care what you do. In The Hunger Games, Panem is somewhat based off Rome itself, giving its citizens entertainment and food so they won't rebel. On an unrelated note, Happy Cinco de Mayo! Have fun celebrating at home by yourselves...

Stay safe, Assassin

May 5, 2020



Interesting post! The Spanish word "pan" (bread) must have come from "panem". It seems like the more Spanish and Latin that I learn, the more interconnected those two languages seem to be.


Panem is also the accusative form of the word panis, panis, bread ... not sure what that means. :P

That said, I was very happy when I was reading the Icemark Trilogy by Bruce Hill and realized that one of the characters had a Latin name - Scipio Bellorum, Staff of Wars. :D

Volgav vitsenanieff nivya kevach varatsach.

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