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Orberg Cap XLIII

Adapted from Livy Orberg tells the story of the battle of the Horatii and Curatii. It's down to the final two and he tells us:

Prius igitur quam alter — nec procul aberat — consequi posset, et alterum Curiatium conficit. Iamque singuli supererant, sed nec spe nec viribus pares. Alterum intactum ferro corpus et geminata victoria ferocem in certamen tertium dabat; alter, fessum vulnere fessum cursu corpus trahens victusque fratrum ante se strage, victori obicitur ...
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..corpus sineret.

Ergo, ut divideret pugnam eorum, capit fugam, ita ratus Albanos secuturos ut quemque vulnere affectum corpus sineret.

There's something I'm not getting. The part from ...ita ratus - in this way he thought the Albani following...' and then ut quemque vulnere affectum... so that he? / it? (the tactic) would allow each body to be affected with a wound...'

I'm having trouble with the subject of sineret.
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translation problem

In Italia urbem desideratam habebitis. I think desideratam is a perfect participle and the way I translate this sentence is 'you will have longed for a city in Italy'. But this sounds like the future perfect tense which is covered later in the book. This one has me stumped.
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In Catilinam, second oration

1-2 were kind of tough but I think I've got it for the most part (at least I mostly get the sense); nevertheless I have a few problems:

Catiline has left town:

Nulla iam pernicies a monstro illo atque prodigio moenibus ipsis intra moenia comparabitur.

("Now no destruction from that monster, that prodigal one, will be set against the walls themselves (from) within them.")

Non enim iam inter latera nostra sica illa versabitur, non in ...
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genti ea tempestate secundum Etruscos opulentissimae viris

In LLPSI Cap XLII Orberg Scribit:

Cum iam viribus suis satis confideret, Tullus Sabinis bellum indixit, genti ea tempestate secundum Etruscos opulentissimae viris armisque.

...genti ea tempestate secundum Etruscos opulentissimae viris armisque = Sabini genti opulentissimae in viris armisque (ablativi) ?
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ea sancta

In LLPSI Tullus Mettium puniturus est ei loquit: 'Nunc, quoniam tuum insanabile ingenium est, at tu tuo supplicio doce humanum genus ea sancta credere quae a te violata sunt!

ea sancta = ea (res) sancta? ea sancta acc. neut pl?
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tough grammar calls in a sentence of Suetonius's

Suetonius compares the belligerents Caesar and Pompey, in regard to their treatment of Romans who
refused to take either Pompey's or Caesar's side (Suet. Jul. 75)

I'm making a lot of grammar calls of which I'm unsure, but I seem to remember more when I try, and then see the correction.

denuntiante Pompeio pro hostibus se habiturum qui rei publicae defuissent, ipse medios et neutrius partis suorum sibi numero futuros pronuntiauit.

denuntiante Pompeio: ablative ...
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Nullius unquam


I'm trying to understand a construction that's cropped up in a medieval text I'm working through. The author (Richard of St. Victor) poses the following question:

an inde dicatur summa natura, quod nullius unquam possit major esse quam illa, an ita veraciter est summa, ut sit usquequaque sit perfecta?

(the "highest nature" he's discussing is the Divine Nature, though that's not relevant to the syntax necessarily).

To my eyes, the sentence reads straightforwardly enough, ...
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In Catilinam 1.21-22

This was a tough one but I gave it a good effort and I think I'm at least close on most of it. I hope.

At si hoc idem huic adulescenti optimo P. Sestio, si fortissimo viro M. Marcello dixissem, iam mihi consuli hoc ipso in templo senatus iure optimo vim et manus intulisset.

("But if I had said this same thing to that excellent young man P. Sestius, if to that bravest of men, ...
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...se eorum opera usurum...

Priusquam inde digrederentur, Tullus Mettio imperat uti iuventutem in armis habeat: 'se eorum opera usurum , si bellum cum Veientibus foret .' Ita exercitus inde domum abducti sunt.

Before they departed, Tullus commanded Mettius to keep his youth under arms: so as to be of use in defending their freedom, should war occur with the Veienii. in this way the army was led home from there.
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