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Need Help: Transcribing Vestibulum

I have begun both transcribing and retranslating the Vestibulum of Comenius. The translation of it into English is pretty decent, but at other times is archaic and unhelpful for its purpose. I have finished the first chapter of the Vesitibulum and need your guys' help, if you are willing, to correct my mistakes and give information I am lacking.

First, I am including macrons to indicate vowel quantity. Most of these were easily available to ...
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Cadamus and Dasibari :: Roman expedition into the Sahara

A long time ago I read about a Roman-period source that said that a group had gone south into the Sahara and had passed through places including Cadamus (= modern Ghadames) and had reached a river called Dasibari. Please who wrote it, etc?
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Difficult passage in Expositio in Librum Judith

I have a passage I've been working on the past couple days that has been quite challenging for me. I believe I have something pretty close, but would like feedback. This passage is from the Adele Simonetti critical edition of the text. The text is Expositio in Librum Judith by the Blessed Rabanus Maurus.

Et propter hoc dicitur quod mittentes Israhelitae circumquaque «praeoccupaverint omnes vertices montium», quia sanctae ecclesiae auctoritas praepositorum suorum commonet strenuitatem, quatenus ...
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I find myself in a dark forest

I've been working fairly hard on Latin, for seven years. Not less that one hour, seven days a week, with rare intermissions. And usually two or three hours. Although I understand easy authors like Cornelius Nepos pretty well, Horace is fiendishly difficult, as anybody can see from my queries. Sometimes I get discouraged.

Part of this is due to self-teaching. I know from sitting in modern foreign-language classes that the pupil who pays attention learns ...
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Horace, Sat. II, 2, about line 31

Context: Through his mouthpiece, a solid countryman, Horace continues to disparage fancy diet, in this case fish supposedly caught in favored places.

unde datum sentis, lupus hic Tiberinus an alto
captus hiet pontisne inter iactatus an amnis
ostia sub Tusci?

I have changed the order and interpolated two words to show my attempted reading. I'm doubtful about this translation, but it is the best meaning I can bring forth.

My conjectured Latin:
unde datum sentis, ...
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NJCL Member-At-Large!!

Hey guys, I'm joining NJCL as a member at large and I was wondering if anyone else here is a member of NJCL.
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Horace, Sat. II, 2, near line 125

Context: joyful dinners in the good old times

post hoc ludus erat culpa potare magistra
ac venerata Ceres, ita culmo surgeret alto,
explicuit vino contractae seria frontis.

after this game time took place
and after Ceres entreated, that she would grow-forth on tall stem,
she cleared the troubles from the clenched brow with wine.

These three lines presented several problems for me.

culpa potare magistra: ...
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Horace, Sat. II, 2

Context: The wise man, even if rich, lives simply, because it is heathful, and because it makes him better prepared for adverse fortune.

Horace, Sat., II, about line 110.

ad casus dubios fidet sibi certius? hic qui
pluribus adsuerit mentem corpusque superbum;
an qui contentus parvo metuensque futuri
in pace, ut sapiens, aptarit idonea bello?

Which one will have surer confidence in himself in dangerous times? The man who
accustomed his ...
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Qui sibi nomen imposuit

The famous formula upon the declaration of new pope goes as follows:

Annuntio uobis gaudium magnum: habemus papam, eminentissimum ac reuerendissimum dominum Georgium Marium Sanctae Romanae Ecclesiae cardinalem Bergoglio, qui sibi nomen imposuit Franciscum.

I watched the broadcasts of the last two of these ceremonies on Youtube, and the second last one goes, ‘— — qui sibi nomen imposuit Benedicti Decimi Sexti.’

Which one is correct Latin, the papal name in accusative or genitive? I’d ...
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