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Grex Latinus Didacopolitanus

Nuntius conventiculi Januarii

Hic congregabimur, amici carissimi, die Saturni 16o Januarii, hora 13a (1 PM):

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Quod est ante musaeum veteranorum. Deinde ambulabimus Latine loquentes per hortum amoenum. Promiserunt vero se adfuturos Eliotum, Hieremiam, et Robertum. Utinam et alii veniant!
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Ben-Hur Translation Page 11: Shipwrecking in the Aegean

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Terror reigns below deck as the mighty galley flounders! Screams of the trapped slaves rise above the anguished cries of wounded marines as Ben-Hur struggles to make his way to safety.

Dum magna navis volutatur, terror invadit eos qui sub ponte sunt! Nam Benhur ad salutem progredi conante, remiges constricti clamitant, classici vulnerati ejulant.

Τῆς μεγάλης ...
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Ben-Hur Translation Page 22: Christmas Special

Given the season, I skipped a few pages and went straight to page 22. Since the text is basically based on the Gospel of Luke, I went ahead and created the images in Latin and Greek.
Of course, I'll go back to page 11 afterwards. Thank you for your help and Merry Christmas!

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As the heavenly host disappeared, the shepherds waited not an instant. ...
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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.

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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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