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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.

Churchill Challenge, if you dare...

"In this crisis I think I may be pardoned if I do not address the House at
any length today, and I hope that any of my friends and colleagues or
former colleagues who are affected by the political reconstruction will
make all allowances for any lack of ceremony with which it has been
necessary to act.

I say to the House as I said to ministers who have joined this
government, I have nothing ...
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Quaedam nova discipula cum in nostram universitatem pervenisset, hedera ubique in muris visa exclamavit, "Plus est hic hederae quam in tota Hederae Societate!" Ad hoc ego respondere volebam, "Quanto meliores sumus illis, tanto plus hederae opus est!" Tacui, sed fabulam in hoc foro narrare institui, ut vos, sodales, Latinitatem meam emendetis; quod si facietis maximas vobis gratias habebo.

EDIT: changed quo and eo to quanto and tanto.
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eum & eam - just a little history please.

I am looking for the root of 'eam' & 'eum' which I have run across in my reading. I have figured out the meaning of the words but I can't find where they come from or anything aout them. Any info would be much appreciated.
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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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