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Translating Ambiguity

More than once I have translated stories where a perfect participle is used as a predicate adjective and it is necessary to look at the story context and how it flows to determine which of the two is the more accurate translation but are there other clues as well?
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Tricky sentence from (adapted) Livy LLPSI Cap XLIV

The following sentence from Orberg's adapted Livy is giving me some trouble:

Tarquinius' wife is egging him on to seize the throne (I think):

Di te Penates et patris imago et domus regia et in domo regale solium et nomen Tarquinium creat vocatque regem.

Orberg explains this as follows: di Penates et...et nomen T. te regem creat.

*** It seems to me like list of subjects but that there is another object besides te***

Ignore ...
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Horace, Odes I, no. 23, grammar query

Context: the singer is courting Chloe, a young girl:

lines 9-10

atqui non ego te tigris ut aspera
Gaetulusve leo frangere persequor:

translation: And I don't chase you to hurt you, as the fierce tiger or Gaetulian lion (would do)

Please evaluate the following interpretations.

1. frangere is infinitive complement of persequor.

2. tigris and leo are both nominative; hence the reader is expected to supply a verb in the present subjunctive to mean something ...
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Question of Deponent Verb

Dear all,

As you already knew. The deponent verb is passive in form, but active in meaning. So, assuming "Love" is a deponent verb:

In English, we say: I lover her

In Latin, we say: I am loved her or: I am loved by her ?

Sincerely yours,

Huynh Trong Khanh
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Question of Quod - Medieval Latin

Dear all,

I am trasnlating those sentences from Historia Ecclesiastica of Bede - Book 2, paragraph about Pope Gregory the Great:

Responsum est quod Angli vocarentur. At ille, "Bene," inquit, "nam et angelicam habent faciem et tales angelorum in caelis decet esse coheredes.

Quod habet nomen ipsa provincia de qua isti sunt adlati?

*** The "Quod" is used to mark a indirect statement, it is equivalent as "That" in Modern English, right? ...
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Can't find this old topic...

There was an old topic some time ago about how to say " I see a man painting a red house" versus "I see a man painting a house red". The latter was somewhat convoluted using I think the subjunctive and I believe this was a consequence of Latin not having the definite or indefinite article. I know it is buried in Textkit somewhere because this forum is the only one I am a member ...
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in sē saevitiam - Roma Aeterna XLV lines 102–104

trānsfūgit ex compositō Gabiōs patris in sē saevitiam nōn tolerandam querēns

He (Sextus) deserted from the agreement to the Gabii lamenting the...cruelty of his father.

I'm not sure what in sē is supposed to be doing in this sentence.

Also, Orberg changed intolerabilem in the original Latin to nōn tolerandam. Is this supposed to be a gerundive, and if so, how would I translate it?
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Ben-Hur Translation Page 1

This is the beginning of the translation project here announced. Thank you for your help!

Page 1

Vengeance was Ben-Hur’s guiding passion in an era rocked by brutal oppression and power-mad conquest.

Desiderium ultionis regebat animum Benhur, quum tanta perturbatio esset ut alii immaniter opprimerentur, alii a dominandi concupiscentibus vincerentur.

Ὁ τῆς τιμωρίας πόθος ἐκράτει τῆς καρδίας τοῦ Βενώρ, τοσαύτης ταραχῆς οὔσης ὥστε τοὺς μὲν ἀγρίως κατατρίβεσθαι, τοὺς δὲ ὑπὸ τῶν κυριεύειν ἐπιθυμούντων νικᾶσθαι. ...
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Parsed Latin Vulgate learning aid

A new text is available for students of Latin who want to start reading Latin immediately

The Latin Vulgate of Saint Jerome, a Parsed Interlinear Text: Verse Aligned to the World English Bible, The Book of Matthew


Over 4 chapters are viewable on the "kindle preview" or "look inside" function
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Online: Meissner Unleashed


Some may know Meissner Bite-sized, my HTML-version of Meissner's Latin Phrase Book. I created a more useful and capable version which allows to display entries in several and in my opinion quite useful ways (and includes a bit of search-capability as well): Meissner Unleashed.

If you have ever used the Latin Phrase Book, then this is a must-have. You can download Meissner Unleashed v1.0 (zipped, 175.8 kb) from the Download-section of my homepage.

Valete, ...
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