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Martial 2.8

Hello everybody :)

I would like to hear your opinion about this Martial's epigram:

Si qua uidebuntur chartis tibi, lector, in istis
siue obscura nimis siue latina parum,
non meus est error: nocuit librarius illis
dum properat uersus adnumerare tibi.
Quod si non illum sed me peccasse putabis,
5 tunc ego te credam cordis habere nihil.
'Ista tamen mala sunt.' Quasi nos manifesta negemus!
Haec mala sunt, ...
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result clause, not indirect statement

Cornelius Nepos, "Themistocles"

I want to test my understanding of a grammar issue.

Nam cum pecunia publica, quae ex metallis redibat, largitione magistratuum quotannis interiret, ille persuasit populo, ut ea pecunia classis centum navium aedificaretur.

Rough translation:

Now when (before) the public income, which derived from mines, was used up every year by handouts to the citizens, he got the people to spend the money to build a fleet of one ...
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Help with 'quia'

hi there, could you help me? I found this sentence in Jordani Bruni Opera Latine Conscripta:

De praefatione tenendae sunt quindecim rationes, quibus Alexandro studium rhetorices commendatur.
Harum 1...2...3.Quia indegnum est illum, qui in rebus gestis caeteros vincit et exsuperat, interdum sermone humilioribus et indignioribus cedere.
Now, after Quia the author used the accusative, but wouldn't it be better to use the nominative: Quia indegnus est ille, qui...? why the accusative?
Thank you for reading ...
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verb forms in narrative history

Source: Cornelius Nepos, "Miltiades"

Context: The Athenians have decided to send forth colonist, but before launching the expedition, they consult the oracle at Delphi on the question, who should command it?

His consulentibus nominatim Pythia praecepit, ut Miltiadem imperatorem sibi sumerent: id se fecissent, incepta prospera futura.

My translation: To the ones seeking advice Pythia declared, by name, that Miltiades should be made commander; and that, if they did this, their undertakings would ...
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Project Gutenberg: Vitruvius, De Architectura


I noticed that there is a "new" Latin e-book at Project Gutenberg: De Architectura Libri Decem by Vitruvius Pollio. It looks quite good, certainly an alternative to the LatinLibrary-version.


Carolus Raeticus
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Aeneid 3

Dardanidae duri, quae vos a stirpe parentum
prima tulit tellus, eadem vos ubere laeto
accipiet reduces. Antiquam exquirite matrem.

The Trojans were originally from Italy then? How so?
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noun/adjective agreement

If two or more nouns of different genders are modified by the same adjective, which gender is the adjective? Surprisingly, I have not encountered this yet in my study of Latin.
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Hor. Epod. 2, the voice(s) of the poem

context: Because Epode 2 appears to praise the simple life in the country, I was taken by surprise by the last four lines:

haec ubi locutus faenerator Alfius,
iam iam futurus rusticus,
omnem redegit idibus pecuniam,
quaerit kalendis ponere.

When the money-lender finished saying these things
Just about to become a country-dweller
He called in all the money owed him on the Ides
He plans to put it out again on the Kalends.

The ...
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Why is this indirect discourse?

Billuart,OP scripsit: "Fide certum est dari in Deo tres Personas realiter distinctas, easque non distingui realiter in absolutis in quibus sunt consubstantiales"

Why does he use the infinitives? "Certum est" is not a verb of sensing/thinking for use of acc. +inf. What am I missing? Is this indirect discourse or is it something else?

"By faith it is certain that three really distinct persons are given in God, and that they are not distinguished really ...
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Subj/verb agreement

St. Thomas scripsit: "considerandum est quod in quolibet novem generum accidentis est duo considere."

Why didn't he use "sunt"? Isn't "duo" the subject?

"It should be considered that...there are two things to consider."
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