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This board is a composition workshop, like a writers' workshop: post your work with questions about style or vocabulary, comment on other people's work, post composition challenges on some topic or form, or just dazzle us with your inventive use of galliambics.

"All I Want for Christmas is You" in Latin

Since many traditional Christmas carols are English adaptations of Latin songs (e.g. "Oh, Come All Ye Faithful" versus "Adeste Fideles"), I thought it might be interesting to turn the tables on that tradition and adapt a modern English yuletide tune into Latin. I think it would be especially fun to sing given how upbeat and decidedly contemporary in style this song is, thus subverting common expectations about the overall tone of practically anything sung in ...
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Errare humanum est


Amicus meus sacerdos factus est candidatus ad doctoratum in disciplina biblica. Spero saltem diploma doctoratus a mendis liberum futurum esse.
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Our own News in Greek (maybe in Latin too)

Χαίρετε πάντες φίλοι τῶν ἑλληνικῶν τε καὶ ῥωμαϊκῶν λόγων. The other day I was thinking about how to motivate myself to start writing in Greek, lest I grow rusty by only reading and never writing in the language; having tried a couple of Prose Composition textbooks, although no doubt useful as a teaching tool, I found the subject matter somewhat limited. So I thought to start here a thread whose purpose would be occasionally to ...
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what makes a text hard/easy

Things that make a Greek text hard: low frequency words, rare forms of word both in the sense of less used tenses and in the sense of examples of more common cases/tenses that are highly irregular, long sentences, low frequency verbal forms, idioms.
However long sentences can be quite easy if the syntax is simple. A long description can be quite easy if is a mere list. Also high frequency words that have multiple meanings ...
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Νόννου παράφρασις

http://www.mqdq.it/public/hellenica/tes ... S|evan|001

1:1: ἄχρονος ἦν...

ἄχρονος -- ὁ μὴ ἐν χρόνῳ ὤν, αἰώνιος (Λ.Σ.Κ.)

ὁ μὲν χρόνος τὸ τέλος ἀπαιτεῖ. ὁ δὲ Χριστός, ἄχρονος ὤν, τὸν χρόνον λύσει.
1:1: ...ἀκίχητος...

ἀκίχητος -- ἀπρόσιτος (Λ.Σ.Κ.)

οὐδεὶς δύναται τὸν Χριστὸν κιχάνειν, εἰ μὴ διὰ πίστεως Χριστοῦ.
1:1: ...υἱὸς ἀμήτωρ...

ἀμήτωρ -- 1. ὁ μὴ ἔχων μητέρα. 2. ἡ μὴ οὖσα μήτηρ (Λ.Σ.Κ.)

ἡ Μαρία μήτηρ ἀμήτωρ ἐστίν.

1:2: ...ἀτέρμονι σύνθρονος ...
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CR's attempts at LPC

This is my first stab at Latin prose composition. Please do not shoot me. I would, however, appreciate constructive criticism.



Heri pelliculam nomine ''Lavantula'' spectavi. Re verâ fuit pellicula generis "B", sed satis delectabilis. Argumentum pelliculae? Angelopoli, urbe maximâ in Civitatibus Americae Unitis sitâ et hodiernis temporibus nomine "Los Angeles" (= ''Angeli'') notâ, statim eruptio novi vulcani fit. Vulcanus ille non solum lavam maximâ vi eructat sed etiam "lavantulas" sive "lavaraneas". Hae "lavantulae" ...
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Random Tweet Translation Contests

"My neighbour told me I'd left my lights on. I told her she'd left her big nose on."

(Greek or Latin is fine)
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Gospel Of Thomas Re-translated

A while back I was trying to find out if someone had fleshed out the Oxyrinchus Papyrus and possibly re-translated the Gospel Of Thomas into Koine Greek from the Coptic.

Since I could find no attempts, I decided I would take up the remaining Oxyrinchus fragments that we have of the original Greek version and try and fill in the approximately 90 or so remaining Logion that are missing. Before I got too far into ...
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Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp

Although the art of Little Nemo is outstanding, the story of Aladdin is probably more appealing, since it is based on the timeless hero-archetype. The comic version I'll be translating can be found here. The art by Antonio Giolitti is also very good. Thank you for your help in fixing my blunders!

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Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp

Permira Aladdinis lucerna

Τὸ περιώνυμον λυχνάριον τοῦ Ἀλαντίν

In an ancient city lived a handsome ...
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"Be Our Guest" in Latin

After weeks of off-and-on work, I think I finally have a decent draft of a possible Latin rendition of "Be Our Guest," from Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Right from the start, the titular line was quite tricky to translate, but I eventually arrived at something that I at least hope conveys "with the greatest hospitality," which I think is the overall sentiment of the song.

As usual, I let the melody determine stress rather ...
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