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Latin Pronunciation

Hi, I'm new to Latin, but I speak several languages and have studied linguistics.
For (I think it's called) revived classical pronunciation, is there a glottal stop between consecutive vowels? For example, dīes - is that pronounced or ?
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Wheel Diameter in Vitruvius

In his De architectura (10.9.1-4), Vitruvius gives the diameter of a wheel. Extant manuscripts give this diameter as pedum quaternum et sextantes, pedum quaternum et sextantis, or pedum quaternum et sextante. Is this supposed to be "four feet and a sixth (of a foot)"? Why the variation in declension?
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Is this called reading Caesar?

After playing around with Latin for at least six years (playing because I only spend half an hour a day)
I have the satisfaction of reading Caesar's De Bello Gallico, an historical document rather than more contemporary stories. But is this called reading Caesar? I mean, is this typical of reading Caesar? I start off reading a section in Greenough's edition with his notes. For words, phrases, and idioms I didn't get, I move on ...
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Definition of the Word Συντέλεια in an old Lexicon

The Greek-Latin lexicon which was included in the Complutensian Polyglot Bible has the following συντέλεια entry:


What is said in the second line?

Is the definition in the first line in the Latin or Italian language? (The word "consumatio" has only one "m" letter. The Latin word should have two letters.)
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Augustine, City of God, Book 4, ch.2

Context: Augustine recapitulates his work so far, reminding readers that the present purpose is to show that all kinds of disasters befell the Romans in the time before the coming of Christianity. Hence the pagan critics of Christianity are deploying a double standard: they blame Christianity for recent disasters, but they don't blame their own religion for earlier disasters. (N.B. Augustine's argument so far has other dimensions, but this is enough to introduce the quotation.) ...
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Online: Whitaker's Words 1.97FC for Linux


I needed to reinstall Whitaker's Words on my Linux system. It took me some time because I did not find a compiled version at first. Most places only have the source code, and the suggested way of compiling the programme did not work for me.

Still, after some browsing I finally found a Linux-binary (= Link to latindiscussion.com and their thread Whitaker's Words Android app & Linux version). The link to the binary can ...
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Looking for: Print edition of Lewis & Short


I am thinking about investing in a good print edition (i.e. hardcover) of a good dictionary, and I have more or less settled on Lewis & Short, because this seems to be the one recommended (among others by Reginaldus Thomas Foster in Ossa Latinitatis Sola (and a book review here), which I have recently acquired.

I am willing to spend a bit of money here, since it is a long term investment. Still, I ...
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Koller's Orbis Pictus Latinus

I recently stumbled across this in a university library. It's a pictorial dictionary of latin. I never heard of it before, but it looks like it would mesh well with Orberg's LLPSI. Even the style of illustration looks similar.
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How Long?

I'm not sure if this is the right area, my apologies if not.

I would like to know how long it was before folks who learned both Latin and Greek took the second language up after the first i.e. if you started Latin first how long did you study it before you felt able to start with Greek (or vice versa)?
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Fabula syrae Orpheus et Eurydicē

and again, my other attempt to digest Miraglia's
this time the miserable, heartbreaking and horror story of orpheus and his undead lover.

1 Orpheus nobilissimus fidicen atque poeta egregius fuit, qui inde ā puerō tam pulchrē canebat, ut non solum bestiae ferae ad eum accurerent,....
how to render unde ab in this sentence? the given clue indicates that inde ab is antonymous with usque ad. so can we read this as, 'Orpheus the famous musician ...
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