The Press: Semper Latina

Four times a year, a milk farmer in Indiana, a granary proprietor in St. Louis, a cobbler in Portland, Maine, and 25,000 other subscribers wait with varying degrees of impatience for their copies of a slender little magazine called Auxilium Latinum. Then, with varying degrees of proficiency, they translate its contents. The latest issue has a profile on Fredulus Astaire, he lyrics of a song called Somnians Pulchra (Beautiful Dreamer), one column of jokes under the heading "Sub-rideamus!" (Let Us Smile!), and, as usual, a Crucigramma (crossword puzzle). Auxilium Latinum—which means Latin help—is a U.S. magazine printed in Latin.

Valete in...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!