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How I bungled a passage

I want to report the problems I had with a passage. Specifying them will help me, and maybe they will help others. Working out these errors was annoying at the beginning, but when I finished I saw the simple, clear meaning. Moreover I had a helpful reminder of some of my weak spots.

Ovid, Metamorphoses, Book VII, line 759 ff.

Carmina Laiades non intellecta priorum
solverat ingeniis, et praecipitata iacebat
immemor ambagum vates obscura suarum; ...
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Siveris Esse - Roma Aeterna XLIV Line 32

Si ego iniuste impieque illos homines illasque res dedi mihi exposco, tum patriae compotem me numquam siveris esse! If I demand unjustly and impiously that those men and those things be surrendered to me, then let me never enjoy my native land.

Assuming siveris esse is subjunctive, what kind of a subjunctive is it?
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What language is it in the lyrics of "serenata immortale"

In the song of serenata immortale, the lyrics is like this:

La flama fortuna
La terra murmure
Un coro
Cantara mysterie
Dono dono dono gracia
Dono dono adoro
Dono dono infinatia
Dono dono adoro
La flama riposa
La ombra dispare
La dolce immortale
La voce murmure
Dono dono dono gracia
Dono dono adoro
Dono dono infinatia
Dono dono adoro

In the internet, some people say it is Latin. I don't quite ...
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Iudicum 3:16

qui fecit sibi gladium ancipitem habentem in medio capulum longitudinis palmae manus . . .

And he made himself a two-edged sword, with a haft in the midst of the length of the palm of the hand . . .

What exactly does "with a haft in the midst of the length of the palm of the hand" mean? Any alternate translations that might make sense? Thanks!
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First post about me

Hi everyone!

This is my first post on this forum. From what I understand, I must do a sort of intro to myself to show that I'm not a spammer and that I actually have an interest in Latin. If I'm going about this totally wrong, I apologise.

Or apologize. Depending on what continent you're in.

Anyway, I'm a high school junior who is in First Year Henle Latin. (It's actually my third year in ...
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A passage in Cicero's Pro Quinctio

So I'm reading Cicero's Pro Quinctio, one of his earliest speeches and there's a passage the import of which I'm not sure I grasp.

To put the context as simply as possible (it's a painfully convoluted private legal dispute), Cicero is responding to Sextus Naevius, who says he did not bring a certain matter to court because one of the parties involved on the opposing side - Sextus Alfenus - had friends in the party ...
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Ovid, Metam., book vii, lines 394 ff.

I'm having trouble with a pronoun, and some meanings. The passage seems to expect reader familiarity with the details of the Medea & Jason story.

Sed postquam Colchis arsit nova nupta venenis,
flagrantemque domum regis mare vidit utrumque,
sanguine natorum perfunditur impius ensis,
ultaque se male mater Iasonis effugit arma.

But after the new bride burned with Colchian poisons
and either sea witnessed the palace of the king burning
her unholy sword was ...
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Si vos piget conubii...

I'm not sure of the meaning of the sentence Si vos piget conubii... from Orberg's LLPSI Cap XLII. The Sabine women have placed themselves between the warring Sabines and the Romans and are addressing both sides simultaneously.

A latere impetu facto, infestas acies diviserunt, hinc patres, hinc viros orantes 'ne sanguine nefando se respergerent!' - 'Si vos piget conubii inter vos, in nos vertite iras! Nos causa belli, nos causa vulnerum ac caedium viris ac ...
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Book after Caesar?

This has probably been asked a million times before but I can't find it anywhere on the first page:

Early last November I started on Wheelock's Latin and I've worked through that book and the Reader, and now I've finished Book III in the Gallic War. This is about the level where I should be: I find when I go back to the Reader it seems fairly easy, and in Caesar I can get most ...
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How do you memorize all those Latin noun and verb endings?

I've started and restarted learning Latin several times over the last few years. I've used all the books
usually mentioned on this forum for self-learners. Right now I'm close to half-way through Linney's Latin
Class. Already I'm beginning to feel that sense of hopelessness. How do you memorize all those declensions
and conjugations without spending several hours a day and every day doing it. I have tops an hour a day
and there are occasional ...
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