January 24th, 2003

Fishy Circumstances

Latin Vocabulary

My latin word of the week: priscus. adj. old, ancient former.

I encountered this one this week - in the undergraduate lecture, no less - in the phrase prisca theologica, meaning works written before theology, in this case, referring to Hermes Trismegistus' works. (i.e. the Egyptian priest reputed to have written lots of useful astrological and alchemical works back in ancient Egypt, but of which there are no traces before about 4 AD. His writings were a big hit in the Renaissance and Reformation eras.)