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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.

De Numismate Miraculoso

Salve et salvete. Nuper hanc scripsi epistolam ut darem acroasem Latinam coram multis populis in bibliotheca publica. Illa nocte, die III, mensis Aprilis, circa septuaginta hominum apud nos adfuerunt. Postea, multis diebus completis, amicus meus magisterque errores emendavit meae epistolae. Et nunc volo transmittere hanc acroasem vel epistolam vobis omnibus.

Vos etiam quoque spectare pelliculam huius acroasis potestis per 'Google Video'; vide hunc situm: http://tinyurl.com/5ofvmf

Vale et Valete,

Ernestus ...
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Fabula de mure arcanoque

Caris lectoribus omnibus salutem dico!

I wrote this story for this year's German Federal Competition of Foreign Languages but got kicked out at the very first stage :cry: Since they don't tell the participants what they didn't like about their stories, I don't know what is wrong with my story.
I would be very pleased if you read my little tale and commented on ...
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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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