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iniūriam fēcissent - Roma Aeterna XLVI Lines 215–218

Eōdem tempore Tarentīnīs, quī iam in ultimā Italiā sunt, bellum indictum est, quia lēgātīs Rōmānōrum iniūriam fēcissent.

War was at the same time proclaimed against the Tarentines, who are still a people at the extremity of Italy, because they had offered violence to some Roman ambassadors.

Why is fēcissent in the subjunctive?
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A Good De Senectute commentary?

Does anyone know where I can find a good commentary for Cato Maior De Senectute?
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Did Romans read Livy or Tacitus cover to cover?

Likewise, would Romans finish Ovid's Metamorphoses or Vergil's Aeneid cover to cover? Seems that we modern students of Latin are too used to abridged texts, which might be due to the fact that Latin is not our mother tongue and it's pretty much unrealistic to be expected to achieve competence in the language as Romans did even after years of learning.
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ut after verb of fearing, and other difficulties

Horace, Satires, I, 4, lines 29 ff.

Context: because in satire the poet focuses attention of the failings of men, and because there are so many failings, there is much room for satire. The quotation is one example, the merchant.

hic mutat merces surgente a sole ad eum, quo
vespertina tepet regio, quin per mala praeceps
fertur uti pulvis collectus turbine, nequid
summa deperdat metuens aut ampliet ut rem.


This man trades ...
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Senatorial Pignora

The passage under consideration, from the beginning of De Orat. III. Apologies for the length but I thought it'd be best to have the full context. The basic backdrop: L. Crassus and M. Antonius (and Scaevola in book I) have been discoursing on oratory for the benefit of Catulus, Caesar, Sulpicius and Cotta. Antonius has finished his discourse and this book contains that of Crassus.

Instituenti mihi, Quinte frater, eum sermonem referre et mandare huic ...
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Passage from De Finibus

Ne illud quidem est consentaneum, ut,
si, cum tria genera bonorum sint, quae sententia est
Peripateticorum, eo beatior quisque sit, quo sit corpo-
ris aut externis bonis plenior, ut hoc idem adproban-
dum sit nobis, ut, qui plura habeat ea, quae in corpore
magni aestimantur, sit beatior. (Source)

As the double rainbow guy put it: What does it MEAN?

Gotta love the triple conjuctions "ut si cum" followed by two more ut's in the same ...
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After Wheelock

What literature have you guys read and recommend after Wheelock? I'm excited to be able to read literature, and I've been working through a book called Intellegenda: Comprehension Exercises in Latin Prose and Verse by M.G. Balme (which is fantastic!) and the LINGVA LATINA edition of Commentarii de bello Gallico. Is there any other literature you recommend?
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After Orberg's Lingua Latina Revisited

I know this has been discussed before, but every case is different...A year ago I finished Wheelock's,
doing it fairly thoroughly. I felt I needed a review. Someone suggested Lingua Latina. Now I've finished
Lingua Latina, also doing it fairly thoroughly. And once again I feel the need to review. The problem is
that by the time I've reached the subjunctive, I've already begun to forget the indicative. Not that I
don't recognize most forms ...
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what does the word ecce mean?

hi guys I am currently working on lingua latina familia romana and have a question on the word "Ecce" which is used frequently in chapter 4. What is the meaning of this word and why isn't "hic" used instead?

thank you!
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dare verba, ignotum, possible word play

The text is from Horace, Satires, I, no.3, beginning about line 20

The poet examines the tendency to magnify the faults of others, while overlooking one's own faults, by presenting a little dialogue about Novius, who is absent, involving Maenius and an unnamed respondent to Maenius. I judge that we should read this as if there others listening, besides the two speakers.

Maenius absentem Novium cum carperet, 'heus tu'
quidam ait 'ignoras te an ...
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