| Yes, endlessly fascinating || Nov 17, 2005 |
Someone asked me recently for a few terms in English and Latin for a little dinner and mutual appreciation session with an ancient Rome theme. My Latin is now as good as dead, so I asked here and was helped! but also visited this site, which turned up some nice cross-references and sayings for the context of strategists hosting an awards dinner.
Note on Strategus, link with hosting a banquet - the "presider" (president); maybe stretched to "convenor" (of a gathering)
I. Lit., a military leader, general, commander: nec strategus, nec tyrannus quisquam, Plaut. Curc. 2, 3, 6 .--*
II. Transf., the presider, president at a banquet: strategum te facio huic convivio, Plaut. Stich. 5, 4, 20 ; 5, 4, 23
Note on laurel (wreath)
A proverb: laureolam in mustaceo (non) quaerere - to look for a laurel wreath in a cake (don't look for a laurel wreath in a cake), i.e., for fame in trifles.
I. a must-cake or laurel-cake, a kind of wedding-cake mixed with must and baked on bay-leaves: mustaceos sic facito, etc., Cato, R. R. 121 ; Juv. 6, 200.--Prov.: laureolam in mustaceo quaerere, to look for a laurel-wreath in a cake, i. e. for fame in trifles, Cic. Att. 5, 20, 4.
I found the site somewhat hard to navigate but lost a lot of the afternoon just pursuing interesting links and cross-references.
All the best,
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