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Hor.,Ep., 1, 2, line 18. Scanning calls

Here are a couple of words I was unsure about, and the calls I made. Please evaluate this.

prōposuit: "ui" here is *not* a dipthong. This word has four syllables, right?

nōbīs: "o" and "i" are long by nature as marked?

And here is my scan of the line.

ūtile/ prōposu/it nō/bīs ex/emplar U/lixen,
- u u/ - u u/- - / - -/ - u u/ - u
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sidere, sedisse...?

I'm a bit perplexed by something. In LLPSI (Cap XLIV) there is an extract from Ovid Fasti. - Libro VI.

Tullia having encouraged her husband with stirring words, Ovid tells us:

Talibus instinctus, solio privatus in alto
sederat; attonitum vulgus ad arma ruit.

Now I simply took sederat to be the pluperfect form of sedeo, sedere, sedi, sessum - 'he had sat on the high throne' ...

Orberg tells us that it is in fact ...
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Hick[e?]y's Latin Grammar

Evan der Millner in his audio version of Adler's Practical Latin Grammar deals, in Chapter 15, with irregular nouns and refers us to "Hickey" or "Hicky" for a more complete (than Adler) treatment of the subject.. He says he supplied a note with the download but I don't have this. I can find no reference on the internet to any book by anyone called Hickey or Hicky that deals Latin in any shape or form. ...
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Adler Exercises: Error in Exercise 14


Quite a while ago (sorry for not taking this on before now!) an error in the Adler-Exercises was pointed out to me by a Textkit-user:

Exercise 14:

  • Textbook: My tailor has your good gold buttons.
  • Key: Sartor meus orbiculos fibulatorios tuos aureos tenet.
Adler left the "good" in the Textbook untranslated in his Key. I am now wondering about how to correct this (I am still unsure about correct adjective-stacking).

  • Version 1: ...
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Hor., Ep., 1, 25: trial scan

Context: I post this scan for critique. Macrons mark the vowels scanned as long-by-nature. But note that I scanned one of them as short, the one followed by "(!)" For the first four feet, I give rationales.

aequē/ pauperi/bus prō/dest, locū(!)/pletibus aeque

aequē: spondee; ae is a dipthong

pauperi: dactyl; au is a dipthong

bus pro: spondee, u is long by position, o by nature

dest locu: dactyl, e is long by position; the u ...
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Horace, Letters, 1, 1, grammar of invocation?

Context: Horace signals his intention to shift his writing from lyric poetry, to the philosophical, and seeks to overcome resistance by his patron Maecenas.

I've been struggling with the first line of this letter, and need some help on its grammar.

Prima dicte mihi, summa dicende Camena,
spectatum satis et donatum iam rude quaeris,
Maecenas, iterum antiquo me includere ludo.

Here are my grammar calls, very much in the spirit of "run it ...
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Horace, Letters, 1, 1

Context: Horace is taking a position "above the fray" in commenting on the vices and peculiarities of his nation. Here he imagines the Roman people questioning him:

70 Quod si me populus Romanus forte roget, cur
71 non ut porticibus sic iudiciis fruar isdem,
72 nec sequar aut fugiam quae diligit ipse vel odit,
73 olim quod volpes aegroto cauta leoni
74 respondit, referam. . . .

Translation: But if by chance the Roman ...
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Who writes Latin verse?

Who still writes Latin verse nowadays? Is it taught anywhere, or does everybody interested have to learn it individually from a book? When I was at a grammar school in England in the late 1950's they taught everybody there Latin (prose, not verse) but not Greek; sciences had driven Greek completely off the timetable by then; since then, computer science has driven Latin off their timetable. I heard recently that Eton College even has abandoned ...
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vivere vs vivi?

I came across this sentence from Cicero in my revision of conditional sentences:

non potest iucunde vivi nisi cum virtute vivatur = it is impossible to live happily except by living virtuously.

Why is vivi (the present passive infinitive) used, and not vivere (the active infinitive)?

I can't seem to find anything in any grammar books on this. I would be grateful if someone could explain it to me.
Thank you in advance!
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is this correct?

Propter horum seditiosam atque improbam orationem multitudo frumentum non conferunt quod debent.

" On account of these people by seditious and disloyal argument the common people are not gathering the grain which they should." Assuming my translation is correct a single gender subject with plural verb (multitudo/conferunt in the case) always cause me problems because my first thought is a typo. I know the reasons why a plural verb might be used with a singular ...
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