Lucifer and Lux

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I have recently started watching a T.V. show on Netflix. This T.V. show, called Lucifer, is about Lucifer, also known as Satan, in Los Angeles solving homicide crimes with the L.A. Police Department, specifically with a homicide detective. He ends up with this role because he is bored with being the Lord of Hell and wants to explore his morality. The show involves a Devil, therapist, and some very crude jokes. Lucifer has quickly managed to become one of my all-time favorite TV shows simply because the show manages to never become too dark. No matter what happens, Detective Decker’s young daughter, Trixie, and Lucifer’s strange reactions manage to brighten up the plot with their silly points of views. One episode involves the L.A.P.D. interviewing 93 of Lucifer’s hookups, all while Lucifer tries to prove to his partner that he wants to be romantically involved with her. God’s ex-wife also makes an appearance in the TV show and is ultimately punished by Lucifer to remain on Earth as a human.

However, no matter what happens, Lucifer always returns to his home: Lux. Lux is a popular nightclub that is built on prime real estate and is THE happening place to be at. The nightclub is paramount to Los Angeles’ nightlife and later on in the show, a crime is committed there. What many watchers don’t know, though, is that lux is Latin for light. This is very clever wordplay from the creators of the TV show, seeing how Hell, in Christianity, encompasses flames and eternal burning.

What’re your thoughts? Have you seen any Latin in TV shows (hint: you probably have)?

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Being Barefooted in Ancient Rome Was Good?

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The majority of politicians, in Ancient Rome, have been immortalized through the skilled craft of creating sculptures. One thing most have in common is that they are all barefooted. You can look at examples of the great military commander Julius Caesar, or even the crazy ruler Nero. It is safe to assume that Ancient Romans wore shoes, but the reason behind their shoes not being sculpted was because Emperors/rulers were thought to be equal to all men while also similar to God. By constructing temples for one, or various, gods, an Emperor showed his spiritualness, and by being immortalized as barefoot, he was forever remembered as being equal to all men. Why does this factoid matter, you ask? Art showcases and preserves feelings and beliefs of a certain group of people, so later in the future, when people look back, they can literally see what was happening and infer what was going on in peoples’ minds.

Diss Tracks in Ancient Rome

YouTube is known for its variety of content: music videos, tutorials, Do-It-Yourself videos (DIYs), and diss tracks. Diss tracks are “music videos” which either poke fun at the person creating it or someone else. All diss tracks have cringeworthy lyrics and a repetitive beat. Unfortunately, the most popular diss tracks on YouTube are the ones made by Logan Paul and Jake Paul. In fact, both of them were extremely popular last year for dissing each other (I recommend not clicking the link). Today, if you want to ruin someone’s reputation, the best thing to do would be to create a diss track. It’s a modern, memorable, and catchy way.

In Ancient Rome, the Romans didn’t have YouTube, so what did they do to publicly defame people ? Well, just like how the Paul brothers are famous for their diss tracks, Catullus was famous for his hate-filled poems in Ancient Rome. In fact, in one of his other poems, Catullus threatens Asinius Marrucinus and says that he will write “300 hendecasyllabic verses…[if Marrucinus does not] send back the napkin” (Poem 12). This threat is merely the Ancient Roman way of saying ‘I’m going to publicly embarrass you by creating something’.

So, while the Romans lived in the Ancient World, and we live in a more modern one, human instincts have not changed. If you want to defame someone, it’s quite probably that you would create something, whether it’s a rumor, poem, or diss track. Human instinct has not changed much, and we still do the same things, but in a more complicated way (making a poem is easier than making a music video).

We Must Do Better

Warning: this article contains SENSITIVE CONTENT

Recently, a six-year old* was found dead in Pakistan. The young girl, Zainab, went missing on her way to her Quran class and was found dead , in a dumpster, a few days later. When her body was found, it was quite clear that young Zainab had been raped. Pakistanis, and other people, were filled with outrage. According to the BBC, Police in Kasur, her hometown, stated that there have been over TWELVE similar cases in the past two years. Protests have erupted in Pakistan, and many people around the world have sent their condolences to Zainab’s family. I was disgusted when I first heard about this, and I cried for her because she was an innocent kid who had done nothing wrong, yet she was killed in a brutal way. You can read more about the heartbreaking story here and here.

Here are a few more Tweets related to Zainab’s story and people’s thoughts on it:

This horrible incident led me wondering whether incidents like this occurred in Ancient Rome. While my heart tried its best to reassure myself that it didn’t, I took an educational guess that they most likely did. According to Vice, a popular magazine, there was no legal term for rape nor was it against the law. After all, the myths of the gods had many tales of them sexually assaulting mortals. However, what’s even more horrifying is that if a married women was raped, she could be tried for adultery. Besides that, according to a Classics professor at New York University, Michael Peachin, “If one did not want a baby, one could, without any legal consequence, throw it away––literally, on the garbage dump”.

Reading about how sexual violence was treated in Ancient Rome horrified me almost as much as Zainab’s story did. Ignoring victims and culprits is not alright. Making headlines for a few weeks and then disappearing into the back curtain is NOT okay (think of Brock Turner’s story). We, as a human race, need to do better; we must do better.

*different news articles state different ages for Zainab; she was between the ages of 6 and 8.

UPenn

One example of a prestigious Ivy League school is UPenn. The University of Pennsylvania is a private university that is often confused with the Pennsylvania State University, which is also known as Penn State. UPenn has a tiny acceptance rate and its school of business, Wharton, is known for being the best in the country. It’s one of dreams to get in/go there (along with UChicago and NYU). One of my friends has applied early decision for a dual medicine program, and he finds out in two days, so I’m nervous for him! UPenn’s motto is in Latin, like most prestigious schools. It reads “leges sine moribus vanae”, which means “laws without morals are useless”(UPenn Archives). UPenn’s motto has always been in Latin, but its exact words have changed over time. In 1956, a group of faculty members recognized that the authentic motto came from Horace’s Odes, and out of respect, it would not be changed anymore. The motto has not been changed since.

Fidelity Investments

Fidelity Investments is a major corporation that helps with financial planning and gives financial-based advice. The company is worldwide and has a lot of credibility. According to NerdWallet, on a general basis, Fidelity Investments is better than Vanguard¹. In Latin, the word fidelis means both loyal and dependable. Do you think that it’s a coincidence that Fidelity Investments, a company which depends on many clients having brokerage accounts, has a Latin root like that?

¹Vanguard is a similar corporation that is a sizable competitor of Fidelity Investments.

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings

Today, Atlas Air Wolrdwide Holdings’ stock went down an estimated 1% (Google). What is Atlas Air? Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings is a cargo airlines that does a variety of things; it leases aircrafts (Boeing 747 freighters), provides expertise to companies that don’t have the people nor experience to fly, and has a training center for the US Air Force! There is one associated airline with Atlas Air: Titan Aviation. Both, Atlas Air and Titan Aviation, are owned by Atlas Air Worldwide. The company went bankrupt at one point, but now the it’s doing alright. Atlas Air and Titan Holding’s logos are a man carrying the world on his shoulders. Does that remind you of any myth? In Greek/Roman mythology¹, the titan Atlas had the burden of holding the weight of the world on his shoulders. The only way he could pass his burden onto someone else is if they took the burden willingly. The airlines was named after this mythological character.

¹ Greek and Roman mythology are largely the same; they use different names but the stories are quite similar.

Coldplay can be connected with Latin?

I have never been to a concert before. However, a lot of people have told me that Coldplay concerts are the best ones. In the Spring of 2016, Coldplay performed during the Super Bowl’s Halftime Show. After listening (and watching) them, I started exploring their music. One song that I really liked was “Viva La Vida“. The song appealed to me because I see it as controversial. The song itself, literally, tells the story of Napoleon’s last moments before his death. It describes the French Revolution in absolute detail and all of the lyrics tie back to one theme: power will inevitably be corrupted. So, in this song, the chorus shows everyone’s awareness of the death of Napoleon, which is soon approaching. Because of that, another big idea emerges: live your life with no regrets. In fact, the phrase “Viva La Vida” is never spoken nor sang in the song itself. However, “Viva La Vida” is Spanish for “live (your) life”. Does that connect to the theme? Yep. So, where and how does Latin play a role in this? Well, the lead singer in Coldplay, Chris Martin, graduated in Classics (both Greek and Latin) at University College LondonVivir, the Spanish verb for “to live”, can easily be traced back to vivere, the Latin verb for “to live”.

Luminara Candles

Recently, I’ve taken up a challenge for this winter season: invest no money into a product (or an idea, company, etc) and profit from it. The reason why I have taken this project up is because my main interests include social entrepreneurship as well as helping others. I’m working with my school’s Director of Security on this project, and we are donating all of our profits to an organization that gives gifts to impoverished families. Fortunately, my mentor has a friend who works with QVC. QVC sells home products, as well as luxury products for homes. Luckily for us, QVC overestimated the amount of Luminara candles that would be sold in their stores. Because of this, they need to liquidate their inventory of Luminara candles; this means that anyone who has access to the candles can buy them for a cheaper price than the initial retail price. Luminara candles are electronic candles that can be controlled with a remote and give off an authentic vibe; they look as if they’re flickering. And, to top that all off, these candles were designed by Disney to use in their Haunted Mansion because real candles bring the risk of burning the attraction down. Luminara sells their candles in both different colors and different sizes. The prices for these candles can range from twenty to fifty dollars. So yeah, that’s one of the projects that I have taken up, and if it goes well, we’ll have been able to donate at least 2,100 (US) dollars to that charity. How does all of this relate to Latin and the rest of my blog? Basically, the word lux, lucis in Latin means light. Because of that, I can make an educated guess and guess that Luminara comes from the word illuminate, which means to “make lucid; throw light on” (Dictionary.com). The word illuminate comes from luminatus, which comes from the verb luminare. And where does luminare come from? Luminare comes from the Latin noun for light, which is lux, lucis (as discussed earlier). And boom, there’s a connection from Latin straight to my life right now.

Bioderma

Bioderma Laboratories is pharmaceutical company that specializes in skin care, as well as other things related to that. It was founded in 1977 and is worth around 280 million dollars today. Bioderma is also a French company! In Latin, the word bioticus means “used in common life” and “practical” (Mahoney)¹. Bio is also Greek for human life. That’s what biology is: the study of human life. Derma, the second part of Bioderma, means skin in Greek. So, when you put the two words together, Bioderma means ‘skin (care) used in daily life’. Think that’s the only connection? Try again.

Bioderma has a line of products, also known as Hydrabio, which was created to treat people with dehydrated sensitive skin. The word Hydra is Latin for water-serpent. Hydrabio gently removes dirt and makeup while simultaneously hydrating skin. It has an Aquagenium patent, which applies to every Hydrabio product. Aquagenium helps the skin moisturize by producing aquaporins. Aquaporins channel water into the skin and balances the amount of water particles. Oh and by the way, aqua is Latin for water. Mindblown yet? That’s it for today, so have a good rest of your Monday night, folks!

¹Kevin Mahoney is the person credited on Lat-Dict