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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.

Need Help with Latin Vacation Bible School Speech

Salvēte omnes,

I'm the self-taught Latin teacher who joined recently and was helped with the Latin letter home to parents (audio CD project).

This coming Saturday, June 6, the church of which I'm a member will be having a Vacation Bible School with the theme "Rome: Paul and the Underground Church". I'm playing the role of a Senator Atticus who sets free one of his slaves, Tullius. I have agreed to say part of my ...
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Possim Rusticum Si... (You Might Be a Redneck If...)

I was thinking about how to teach/reteach potential subjunctive over the weekend, and suddenly remembered back when I was a big Jeff Foxworthy fan. So I thought I'd start up a Roman-themed "Redneck Joke" thread. This should yield up some good things- after all, Romans had the same sort of attitude towards "provincials" that some Americans do.

So for starters,

Si decem fractas aurigas in trocleis in tua area habeas, possis rusticum.

Si tria repudia ...
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Help with Letter Home to Parents of Latin Students

Salvete, amici!

I'm a self-taught Latin teacher at a charter school. Am still learning the basics and could use some help polishing a short Latin composition. (Most of my writing practice has only involved short sentences, and mostly Latin to English, not English to Latin.) The composition is a letter home to parents of my K-4th grade students about using some selections from the audio CD Carmina Popularia, to be in Latin on one side ...
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Sidgewick's Greek Prose Composition Passage

I am a first year Classics undergraduate, and am struggling with prose composition. I would really value some feedback on my practice as I have no idea of knowing just how appalling it is and I'm not sure what I'm getting wrong. Really sorry to post such basic stuff, but any guidance would really be valued. I've started with passage II from Sidgewick's Greek Prose Composition.

"ὀ Τιτυσ εὔδοξοσ θηρεύτησ οἰκομένοσ ἔν τῃ τῶν ...
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Modern Songs in Koine Greek

Hello all,

I've made it a pastime while singing praise songs to see if I can sing them in Greek, quickly thinking of the Greek words while the rest of the congregation sings in English (I would not recommend this in a small church). You quickly become keenly aware of how slow you are, not only do you have to think of the word, you have to get the form right. After a while, I ...
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Question about Translation.

How would I say "Creative Demiourgos"

Would it be δημιοῦγος ποιητικός" or how would It be?


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Present Participle

Could somebody tell me if I am using the present participle correctly? That is, can you use it in the past sense as I have it here, or is another form of expression preferred? I would be appreciative if you noted any other errors, too.

Proxima nocte in bibliotheca Collegii Georgiopolitani tempus mea cum puella agebam praesertim legendo quoddam librum Anglicum ingentem, nomine Le Morte Darthur, sc. 'Arthuri Mors', ab auctore Thoma Malory scriptum, anno ...
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Short Compositions from my Notebook

I am not a student, this is not my homework. I am teaching myself Latin and have begun to try to put sentences together. Please check my work and give me your comments: I'll include my sentence in latin and what I intend it to say.


incepi hodie, compositionis sententias latine discere.

"Today I started to learn composition of latin sentences"

Ante diem sextum Nonas Martias

"March 2"
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English to Latin #2

As usual, all comments and corrections are welcome.

Thanks in advance.


Pyrrhus was unwilling to fight until his allies had arrived a few days after. The two armies then joined battle on the banks of the river, and for a long time the issue was in doubt. Finally one wing of the Roman army was victorious, but the other was driven back to their camp by the elephants of Pyrrhus. Although the Romans fought ...
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English to Latin

I would greatly appreciate any comments, corrections, and even alternate versions for the following translation.

Many thanks.


At midnight the famous general set out from his camp to seize the strong position which he had examined six hours earlier, before the enemy could notice, weary as they were with fighting and marching. And so, when the three cohorts had been led around by a secret route, he was able to draw up his front ...
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