What is its origin?


Contrary to popular belief, Lorem ipsum is not a random text. Rather, it has roots in classical Latin literature since 45 BC, making it more than 2,000 years old. Professor Richard McClintock, Professor of Latin at the University of Hampden-Sydney in Virginia, searched for the origins of an obscure Latin word in Lorem Ipsum’s text, “consectetur”, and, while tracing this word in Latin literature, discovered the unquestionable source. It turns out that the words of Lorem Ipsum’s text come from sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of Cicero’s de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum, written in 45 BC. This book is a lengthy scholarly treatise on moral theory and was very popular in the Renaissance. The first line of Lorem Ipsum “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet..” comes from a line in section 1.20.32 of this book.

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