Education: Soon: Cleopatra

The big news was the civil war raging between Pompey and Caesar. There was a sharp cartoon about Cicero, whose indecision in the crisis was lampooned in a caption, "Otium Cum Dignitate" (inaction with dignity). There had been strange doings at the Circus Maximus: two gladiators got tangled up with the umpires and decapitated one of them. The weather forecast: "Frigidus." Such was the state of the world last week as reported in Britain's only Latin newspaper, Acta Diurna (Daily Register).

For four years and eleven issues, in lively and generally flawless Latin, the Acta has been reporting the news of ancient...

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