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A question about the case.


I am just started to learn Latin recently. It is obivious since because of what I am asking. :lol:

Could someone explains for me that what is the difference between "auctoritas" and "auctoritatis",and under what circumstances should they be used?I tried to translate them with GoogleTranslation and some Dictionary,and the result was that they both meant "authority".

In addition,if i want to use this word to ...
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Augustine, City of God, Book4, ch. 28

Context: Augustine is attacking the traditional polytheistic religion in his day being supplanted by Christianity. He has just cited Varro to the effect that the superstitious beliefs of the common people should not be corrected by the learned. Then Augustine declares:
Praeclara religio quo confugiat liberandus infirmus, et cum veritatem qua liberetur inquirat, credatur ei expedire quod fallitur.

Although I have a sense of the meaning, I can't quite get the words matched up ...
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speaking latin

hi all
does anyone know of a good way to improve my latin speaking abilities, apart from the conventiculum in kentucky or the latin summer school in rome. i have been studying the language for about 12 and a half years.i have had 2 tutors who improved my grammar and vocab' but havent done much for my speaking.i find adler by evan milner useful but it would be better if i could ask questions to ...
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A Couple Dictionary Questions


I am (still) very much a Newbie which will be obvious from my questions. :lol:

When I retired I gave myself a well-earned treat and bought both the L&S and OUD dictionaries
after going through the various threads about such choices that were here about a year ago or so.
I figured that if I settled on one I really liked best I could easily E-bay ...
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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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