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Use of Imperfect Subjuctive

These are lines from Lingua Latina Per se Illustrata:

"Rex eos interogavit 'num scirent ubi esset Arion et quid faceret?' Responderunt 'hominem, cum inde abirent, in terra Italia fuisse eumque illic bene vivere' "

"The king asked them if they knew where Arion was and what he did, they answered that he, when they left Italia ..."

I'm having troubles understanding whether the translation of the subjunctive is correct or not.
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Latin as the Romans Learned It

I recently discovered in a library a beginner's book that seems to employ the "natural" method, called Latin as the Romans Learned It, by Hector Levesque. I took some pictures that can be downloaded here. It's the second part of book one, and Worldcat tells me that the only known copy of this book is the one I came across. Googling the title doesn't give any useful info. Has anyone ever heard of this book?
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Cum and ut clauses

This is a line from Lingua Latina Per se Illustrata:
"Is fidicen nobilissimus fuit qui tam pulchre canebat ut bestiae, naturam suam oblitae, accederent, ut eum cantantem audirent, ac rapidi fluvii consisterent, ne strepitu cantum eius turbarent."

"He was a the most noblest harper who sang so well that the beasts, having been forgotten their nature, aproached to see him singing, and (?), to not disturb his singing with noise."

The book says that ...
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Bookstores in Rome

I have a chance to be in Rome next week and was wondering if there were any bookstores that would have books in Latin, similar to an OCT, new or used books would be fine, that I could get inexpensively. In the US we have very limited bookstores with books in Latin, reasonably priced.

Any suggestions would be awesome!
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Deponent Verb Question

So, as my Greek is more advanced than my Latin, I'm somewhat familiar with Deponent verb forms; this passage, however, has me a bit confused and wonder if someone might help clarify it.

So, overall, putting aside semi-deponents and exceptions/complexities and whatnot, deponents are verbs that 1. have no active forms and 2. no passive meanings. This is another way of saying that they only have 1. active meanings and 2. passive forms.

So far, ...
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De Viris Illustribus

Where can you find a hardcopy of De Viris Illustribus by Lhomond? I haven't been able to find any. Is there a reprint on Lulu or something available on the cheap?
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Asking for some VERY basic help with "from"

Greetings All,

What's confusing me is ab, de, and ex. My text tells me the following(sorry, no macrons):
a, ab (prep. with abl.) from, away from
de (prep. with abl) from, down from, about, concerning
e, ex (prep. with abl.) from, out of

What's confusing me is this: What if I just want to say "from" and not down, away, or out of?
Possible example: "I learn Latin from my teacher." Which "from" and why? ...
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Latin prose composition


Does anyone here know if Latin has an equivalent book of composition, like the Greek:


That deeply analyses the aspects of Latin writing. (See that this book is much more advanced than Arnold's prose compositon)

And a book that analyses prose writing style, in the spirit of:


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Vulpis ad Personam Tragicam

I'm having some troubles understading this:

"Personam tragicam forte vulpes viderat;
quam postquam huc illuc semel atque iterum verterat,
'O quanta species' inquit 'cerebrum non habet!'
Hoc illis dictum est quibus honorem et gloriam
Fortuna tribuit, sensum communem abstulit."

What is this "quam", is it the prounoun? The whole verse is very strange to me.
To which noun is "dictum" refering?
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Horace 2.7 Translation

O saepe mecum tempus in ultimum
deducte Bruto militiae duce,
quis te redonavit Quiritem
dis patriis Italoque caelo,

Pompei, meorum prime sodalium,
cum quo morantem saepe diem mero
fregi, coronatus nitentis
malobathro Syrio capillos?

Tecum Philippos et celerem fugam
sensi relicta non bene parmula,
cum fracta virtus et minaces
turpe solum tetigere mento.

Sed me per hostis Mercurius celer
denso paventem sustulit aere;
te rursus in bellum resorbens
unda fretis tulit aestuosis.

Ergo obligatam redde ...
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