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Bradley's Arnold Continuous Passage #81

I would appreciate any comments and corrections to the following translation.



A spirit of desertion began to prevail among the troops; and the deserters, instead of seeking their safety in flight or concealment, infested the highways. Maternus, a private soldier, collected these bands of robbers into a little army, set open the prisons, invited the slaves to assert their freedom, and plundered with impunity the rich and defenceless cities of Gaul and Spain. ...
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I'm unsure as to whether the composition board is the right place for this or not... we'll see, I guess.

I have to write a research paper in my High School English class. I was thinking about making it have to do with the Classics.
Would anyone have any idea of good sources to read over?
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Short Poem.

As an inaugural Post, I've decided to include a short greek poem. Αs I am a student, it would be great for some suggestions.

σοῦ μόνος, ἐγώ κλαῖω.

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An in depth look at Catullus' poetry A schizoid use of elegi

I have an essay to write in my Latin AP class and I already have quite a lot of information on the subject, but I was wondering if anyone here could provide anymore information on it?

Basically, if you do not understand what I mean, Catullus uses Elegiac Poetry, poetry usually used for emotional, sometimes mournful, deep subjects, to grieve over the loss of his brother in 101 and then tell Rufius he will never ...
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Horti amoris


Suntne in infra scriptum menda corrigenda aut grammaticae aut orthographiae? Estne eum facile intellectu?

Horti amoris in Villandry

Quadra quattuor horti amoris sunt:

* "Amor tener": corda disjuncta flamis parvis sunt, et in medio personis
saltationis quae non solum sermones gravissimos sed etiam levissimos
* "Amor cupidus": scissis propter libidines, corda cancellata
saltationem evocant.
* "Amor mobilis": in angulis flabella quattuor indicant levitatem sensus
et mendacii feminei cornibus decepti amoris disjuncti , et ...
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Elegia Pro Solzhenitsyne (in memoriam)

Elegia Pro Solzhenitsyne (in memoriam)

dum virtus ursi confusae mens et hominis,
impetui veri quit retinere nihil.
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Catullus 51 Translation


Here is my translation of Catullus 51. Comments and criticisms are more than welcome.

Ille mi par esse deo videntur,
ille, si fas est, superare divos,
qui sedens adversus identidem te
spectat et audit
dulce ridentem, misero quod omnis
eripit sensus mihi: nam simul te,
Lesbia, aspexi, nihil est super mi

Lingua sed torpet, tenuis sub artus
flamma demanat, sonitu suopte
tintinant aures, gemina teguntur
lumina nocte.

Otium, Catulle, tibi molestum ...
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Help Translating a Phrase


there's a certain phrase i'd like to translate into latin, but my skills turned out not be so good, i've only managed to figured out a few scattered words, which might even be wrong, here's how the phrase goes:

"my ideals are my spear, my convictions are my shield"

i cant think of a plural for "idealis", but turned 'convictions' into "convictiones". for 'shield' i used 'scutum', though for 'spear' i'm not sure which ...
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If you've got leaving on your mind (or, Patsy Cline greeked)

My iPod handed me this Patsy Cline song this morning on the way to work. For some reason I decided it needed a version in Greek. Here are the original words:

If you've got leavin' on your mind
Tell me now, get it over
Hurt me now, get it over
If you've got leavin' on your mind

If there's a new love in your heart
Well, tell me now, get it over
Hurt me now, ...
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Quote for my classroom..help..

ok well I am not very good with computers, but I don't know who else to turn to. I could really use your help. I am a high school science teacher and I have always loved the quote, "Never forget the people that make you who you are." That line, plus my love for the Latin language, brought me to the decision that I need that quote on a poster in my room. Only problem, ...
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