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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.

Hello guys!

I had two very boring economics classes today so I decided that instead of wasting my time away I wanted to write a short Greek prose text (I admit that my motivation to do this derived from reading Arthur Sigdwick's "Introduction to Greek Prose Composition" yesterday night ;)).
I would like to know if there are any grammar or spelling mistakes (major or minor) and, ...
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De Femina Quadam Mira

Mane frigidissime, horrido flante vento, paene lucente sole, dum coenautocinetum expectans ut mercenarii more negotium irem, quadam femina mihi propinquavit et variis de rebus agere incipit. Hoc per se novi minime habet, quia saepe cum eodem loco expectantes homines inter se de parvulis rebus colloquuntur ut otii superfluum absumant. Sed admodum miris de rebus me monstravit. Primum (quasi naturalis), ut valde mihi necesse esse petasum quia aliter cerebrum meum (quod hercule bonissimum esse admirmavit) certe ...
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Challenge: Write a Mnemonic Poem!

Slavete grammatici,

I have a challenge for those of you who are inclined to wit and silly poetry: write a mnemonic rhyme to help remember some tricky grammatical rule. This was a very popular method for teaching grammar from the Middle Ages down to the early twentieth century, and I think it has a lot of untapped potential even for advanced readers of Latin and Greek.

I wrote the following poem long ago while studying ...
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Word order

Forgive me for posting this twice.
I posted it in the "Learn Latin" forum, but I think it's more appropriate in the composition forum, as it is indeed a composition.

Hi all.

Ok, the normal word order is with the verb at the end, but I read that often, even in normal sentences the Romans would have the verb 2nd to last.

My question is I think one of style.

Which, in the opinion ...
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Battle of Brunanburh

Great! That is one of my favourite pieces in OE. I have considered translating it into Old Norse (minus any attempt at alliteration).

The same battle is in prose form in Egil's saga from the point of view of a couple of Norse mercenaries (Egil and his brother, Thorolf).

What inspired you?

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De Diariis Quotidianis Latine

The topic of keeping a daily Latin journal came up in another thread, and I was wondering if anyone is interested in posting their entries here? I realize many people may want to keep their entries private, but I thought this would be a good way to keep people participating, composing, and learning. Most importantly, it allows us to comment on each other's work and realize errors that would go undetected in private writing.

As ...
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Possumus scribere fabulam latinam?

Amici mei,

Mihi est propositum fabula infinita scribere.
Incepere non nollo, sed non concludo. Volo uti mihi respondeamini, et haecce fabula alere et augere, singillatim. Possumus scribere fabulam latinam.


Olim, procul ab aliquot loco abesse, princeps habitat.
Sub terra habitat simile troglodytae, quibus subterraneae domus sunt.
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Quaenam prae patrono in solo videatis scire volo


Non umquam tristiorem virginem vidi neque minus vegetum puerum divinum. A dextera sedent duae sanctae quarum nomina ignoro. Videntur contemplari omnia mundi peccabilis tristia. Talibus umbris divinitatis choros caelestibus in regiis ducentibus quisnam non mallet - veniam deus da, precor - manere sub humo apud beastiolis caecis. Sinistrorsum parvulo extra circulum beatum genibus nixum supplicem patronum, qui picturam solvit, vidimus necnon ejus canem. Quaenam autem prae eo in solo iaceant miror quisnam possit dicere? ...
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Acuite cultros et deo agite gratias

Okay here I am in the writers workshop. I sure hope some writers can help me with their critiques. The piece that follows started out being a simple composition in which I imagined myself giving a cooking class which is another hobby of mine. Then I got distracted with trying to be amusing and now I don't know if it holds together well. However, your perspective on that aspect is not so important to me ...
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