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Latin Dedication

I want to write a Latin dedication in a present to a classical friend.

I believe the format should be something like:

name of recipient (first name Latinised and inflected, surname uninflected)
object of dedication (hoc saxum/librum etc.)
reason why (I am not sure how best to introduce the virtues)
name of donor

and a verb of giving implied.


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A phenomenon I have observed among my peers recently

ei) me/n tij fh=| e)/xein ka/maton, to/te d' a)/lloj e)/xein fh=| :
xei=tai ga\r mu/qoij wku/teron ka/matoj
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Modern vocab: I have it! Graphoplitae = Textkittens

I was thinking about the word o(/plon a few days ago, and suddenly I knew how to say "Textkit" in Greek: to\ Grafoplei=on. Of course we're used to the plural, o(/pla meaning a soldier's armor, but the basic meaning fits quite nicely with "kit."

The -ei=on indicates place, like Mousei=on, "Museum."

Textkittens: grafopli</thj, ou, o( m., grafo/pli<tij idoj h( f.
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An elegaic couplet composed in 15 minutes

nu=n m' e(/le, daimoni/h, h9\ m' e)/qelgej e)n nh/sw|
ku/knwn tw=n leu/kwn qu/mon e)xou=sa meu=

ou)\ baqu/ e)sti/n
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Fabula primera!


This is my first-ever attempt to write a story in Latin! I'm a complete self-learner thus far in Latin and am currently attempting "Latin for Beginners", which I found on this site! I have just reached lesson #20 and I thought it would be fun if every ten lessons I wrote a story to help gauge my progress.

All criticism is heartily welcomed. I tried to do the best I could with the long ...
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Im fresh out of ideas here guys....

okay im writing a little bit of dactylic hexameter in latin.... nothing huge

i just need 2 more lines to fit into my poem

it needs to be something about world poverty, and in dactylic hexameter

if you have any ideas or lines that u make urself pls post them

im new to this site so (a NOOB if you will) so plz give me ur info on it

a couplet i guess

it doesnt ...
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Help requested on translation


I am looking for the translation of a sentence from English to Latin. As a non-Latin speaker I can find the words but I am not sure how to build a correct sentence with them.

The sentence I would like to translate into Latin is:

the innocent do not need to defend themselves

I do not know if this can be translated exactly as such but the importance is in the meaning of the ...
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Opto domire possim

Juga nostri resecant
Ut Flores erant
Et lactos nostri bibiti erant.

Ubi desideres id,
Id abeat;
Tempi odiis id,
Id semper endurare videat.

Opto dormire possim,
Sed iacere in tergo non possum
Quod hic est gladia pro omnibus dieibus
Quas te cognovi.

Opto vincere celeratatem poenae pro alia dies.

Ubi desideres id,
Id abeat;
Tempi odiis id,
Id semper endurare videat.

lacrima mihi, da mihi,
iace cum me, peri cum me, da mihi.
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Revenivit scriptor "ariae"

The bits of aria/recitative/sprechgesang:

Rape, rape, rape de solo farinam
Pulvem panis college, tum indolonem
Sanctum frica. Tantillum hordeum
Se colerit, coleretque cum perfluam
Ad maria aqua. In deorum incudem
Pompeii, Vulcano satis habente ut fama est pisc-- convenevit
Lucrum mei adficitur; ita farinareutimur
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I found this quote from The Yeoman of the Guard by W S Gilbert and felt to inspired to give it a fresh version. So here it is in in a pair of iambic trims

e)/cesti/ moi se paidiai=j frenou=n sofai=j
u(ma=j plana=n gelw=nti d' ou=n e)/cesti/ moi
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