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Ben-Hur Translation Page 10: Battle at Sea

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The pirates number nearly as many ships as the Romans, and meet the attack with bold fury. Below the deck the slaves with one exception pray for a pirate victory that may bring them freedom!

Prædones quidem, qui tam fere multas naves habent quam Romani, sustinent impetum furentes audacia. Sub ponte autem, omnes uno excepto remiges ita precantur illorum victoriam ut ...
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Ben-Hur Translation Page 9: The Admiral and the Slave

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The admiral’s request is carried out, and in answer to his question Ben-Hur reveals the tale of the accident and its bitter consequences…

Præfecti quidem jussus efficitur, Benhur autem ad rogatum ejus respondens narravit casum suum et quæ secuta sunt.

Ἡ μὲν τοῦ ναυάρχου κέλευσις διαπράσσεται, ὁ δὲ Βενὼρ πρὸς τὸ ἐρωτώμενον αὐτοῦ ἀποκρινόμενος διηγεῖται τὴν τύχην καὶ τὰ συμβεβηκότα.

I ...
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Ben-Hur Translation Page 8: The Great Roman Fleet

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For three long years Ben-Hur strained at his oar aboard the Roman galley. The slaves, held in silence, lived a life where misery becomes a habit of the soul and body take on an unbelievable endurance…

Benhur tres annos laboravit remigando in Romana navi. Servi, in silentio cohibiti, talem vitam vivebant qua animus ex more in miseria esset, corpus ...
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Ben-Hur Translation Page 7: Meeting along the Road

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Part II
Slavery at Sea

Pars II
Servitium per mare

Μέρος β'
Ὑπηρεσία κατὰ θάλασσαν

Ben-Hur was sentenced for life to the backbreaking toil of a slave among the living dead who manned the oars aboard the galleys of the Roman navy.

Benhur traditus est in æternum et fatigante servitium inter remiges, qui similes mortuorum in Romanæ classis navibus erant.

Ὁ Βενὼρ παρεδόθη εἰς τὴν ...
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Greek Phrase Book

Carolus Reticus not only transcribed Latin Phrase Book by C. Meissner for the Gutenberg Project, but he also created a very useful html version, Carl Meissner's "Latin Phrase Book", Unleashed.
How about somebody doing the same things for H.W. Auden's Greek Phrase Book?
This person would post the content on Textkit for proofreading (several accents are wrong). Then we could ask Carolus Reticus's help to create the unleashed version. It would be a great help ...
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Ben-Hur Translation Page 6: The Fall of the House of Hur

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All of Ben-Hur’s efforts are in vain. Before his horrified eyes Tirzah and his mother are treated no better than common criminals…

Omnes conatus Benhur vani sunt. Ante cujus oculos horrescentis, Thersa et mater tamquam infimæ ac noxiæ patiuntur.

Πᾶσαι αἱ πεῖραι τοῦ Βενὼρ μάταιαί εἰσιν. Πρὸ δὲ τῶν ὀφθαλμῶν αὐτοῦ ἐκπεπληγμένου,  ἡ Θερσὰ καὶ ἡ μήτηρ ὡς οἱ κατώτατοι κακοῦργοι πάσχουσιν. ...
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De Pellicula Nomine "Martalis"

De Pellicula Nomine "Martialis"
Heri cinemateum veni pelliculam nomine "Martialis" videre, cum duo amicis meis. Haec pellicula fabulam et nomen derivat ab libro ipso nomine, auctore Andreus Weir. Pellicula coepit ubi nonnulli astronautae super planeta Martis, in hos est magna persona fabulae, Marcus Watney, astronauta et vir botanicus. Extemplo, tempestas pulveris venit, et paene navem astrum astronautarum evertit . Sed ante possunt sese deducere a planeta , Marcus antenna navis percussus est, et amici sui ...
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Ben-Hur Translation Page 5: Messala's Cruel Revenge

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Ben-Hur’s ears are assailed by cries and crashing timbers as the Roman legionnaires spread havoc through the house in their grim search….

Ploratus hominum ac fragor tignorum in aures Benhur invadunt, dum Romani milites stragem dant per domum truculenter investigantes.

Κλαυθμοὶ ἀνθρώπων τε καὶ πάταγος δοκῶν ἐπιπίπτουσιν τοῖς τοῦ Βενὼρ ὦσιν, τῶν Ῥωμαίων στρατιωτῶν ὀλεθρὸν φερόντων διὰ τῆς οἰκίας σκληρῶς διαζητούντων.

The ruthless beasts are striking ...
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Sprechen Sie Attisch?


Ἡ μήτηρ ἀσπάζεται τὸν υἱόν.

Τετελεσμένης τῆς τῶν Καταστερισμῶν ἀναγνώσεως, ἄρχεται ἡ ἀνάγνωσις τῶν Ἑλληνικῶν λόγων, τῶν ἐν τῷ Sprechen Sie Attisch? βιβλίῳ. Τοῦτο δὲ τὸ βιβλίον ὑπὸ Ἐδουάρδου Ἰωαννίδου Γερμανικοῦ γεγραμμένον διδάσκει λέγειν τῇ Ἀττικῇ τῆς Ἑλληνικῆς γλώττης διαλέκτῳ. Ἐν δὲ τῷ πρώτῳ διδάγματι μανθάνομεν ἀσπάζεσθαι τοὺς φίλους.

Ἀνάγνωσις τοῦ α’ διδάγματος

Τί πράττεις;

Τρεῖς νεανίσκοι συλλαλοῦσιν ἐν τῇ παλαίστρᾳ. Εἷς δ'ἔχει στλεγγίδα.

Νῦν ἐρωτῶμεν τοὺς φίλους ἡμῶν. Ἆρα εὐδαιμόνως ...
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Vivamus, Textkitores, atque carminemus!

Helpful links by Textkit member William Annis to start with:
On Greek meter in general (much of it could apply to Latin too):

On Latin elegiacs:


As you'll soon find out, I'm no poet. Usually in my life I'm not at all inclined to write anything poetical. But for some reason I find writing, or trying to write in the ...
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