Atalanta: A Latin Composition

For a Latin project I was assigned a full Latin composition. This is what I wrote with an English translation. The story is about the legend of the runner Atalanta. She was one of the fastest runners at the time, and everyone wanted her hand in marriage. She did not want to be tied down, but she was required to marry, so she held a race, and whoever won was to be her husband.

Hodie, extra sedebam, cum rex ac suus amici advenisset. Rex avide, “nunc cursum principio,” dixit. Ego quoque in curso eram. Una puella pulcherrima, cuius nomen est Atalanta, in curso erat. Atalanta neminem maritare volit, tamen eam maritare valde volebam. Proposito cursi erat primum locum adeptere. Tamen ille, qui ultimus erat, perire erat. Ad deam precatus, mihi tres aurias poma Veneris datus sum. Hae poma erat Atalantam decipere. Utens haec poma, Atalantam superavi. Deinde in templo Cybeleae ad eam amorem facio. Magnus successus erat.

Today, I was sitting outside, when the king and his friends had approached. The king said eagerly, “I now start the race.” I was also in the race. One very beautiful girl, whose name is Atalanta, was in the race. Atalanta wanted to marry no one, nevertheless I wanted to marry her very much. The goal of the race was to get first place. However he, who was last, was to die. Having prayed to the goddess, the three golden apples of Venus were given to me. These apples were to deceive Atalanta. Using these apples, I overcame Atalanta. Finally in the temple of Cybele I made love to her. It was a great success.

Cell Analogy

In school I was assigned a science project where I had to come up with an analogy to represent a cell. I then had to write a paper explaining what the analogy has in common with the cell. My representation of the cell was a hotel.



A nucleus is a dense, large organelle in a cell. It directs all activity inside the cell, and holds the genetic material. In the analogy, the front desk is the “nucleus” of the hotel. The front desk would be a great example for a nucleus, because the desk holds all the information about people staying there and directs all activity at the hotel.

Endoplasmic Reticulum

The endoplasmic reticulum is a system of membranes that transport proteins across the whole cell. In the analogy, the elevators are the endoplasmic reticulum. The elevators transport people to different floors (the organelles).


The ribosomes in a cell are organelles that create proteins for the cell. The analogy uses guests as ribosomes. Guests create reservations at a hotel like ribosomes create proteins. This analogy could work because cells run off of the proteins that ribosomes make, while hotels run off of the money that they make from reservations that guests make.


A vacuole is a space in a cell where liquids and waste are held. In the analogy, the storage room is the vacuole. In a hotel the storage rooms holds towels, mini shampoos and toothpaste. In a cell the vacuole holds water to replenish the cell, but in a hotel the storage room holds replacements for the items in the room.


In a cell the lysosomes are the organelles that clean up waste and send it out of the cell. The lysosomes in the analogy are the housekeeping crew. The housekeeping crew is a good example because they go into hotel room to clean up and take the trash out of the building like lysosomes send waste out of the cell.

Golgi body

A Golgi body is an organelle that packages the proteins made by ribosome and sends them to their destination. In the analogy, the Golgi body is the person at the front desk. The person at the front desk of a hotel takes the reservations (proteins) created by the guests (ribosomes) and puts them in the computer to be processed.


Mitochondria are the organelles that take sugar and turn that sugar into energy for the cell. A power box was used in the analogy for the mitochondria. The power box gets its power from power plants that take coal and turn it into energy.


The cytoplasm is a soft substance that holds all of the organelles in the cell together. Walls were chosen to represent the cytoplasm in the analogy. Without the walls, a building could not hold its contents and would collapse from the inside out, much like a cell would if it had no cytoplasm.

Cell membrane

A cell membrane is a barrier that prevents unwanted organisms from entering the cell. In the analogy, the doors of the hotel were chosen as the cell membrane. In a hotel the doors prevent unwanted people, like criminals, from entering the hotel.