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Help me interpret this line of Horace

Ars poetica, ll. 136-138. The poet gives advice to beginning poets.
Nec sic incipies, ut scriptor cyclicus olim:
"Fortunam Priami cantabo et nobile bellum".
Quid dignum tanto feret hic promissor hiatu?

Instead start like this:

"Dic mihi, Musa, uirum, captae post tempora Troiae
qui mores hominum multorum uidit et urbes".

Don't begin like the old cyclic author:
"I sing the fortune of Priam and ...
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Spoken Latin

Several attempts have been made over the past few years to set up a workable Latin space online for Spoken Latin. There was always a problem with an adequate video/audio interface.

I was recently introduced to the Houseparty app, which is free; this app solves the problem of scalability; up to eight people can enter a 'room' to chat, but any number of those you invite as friends can be online; it is phone based, ...
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16th-century Latin questions

Hello Textkitters, I regret not having spent much time here in the last couple of months, I've been very busy and will be for another couple of weeks. Still, here I come crawling back hoping that one of you can help me out with a couple of Latin lines I'm having trouble with.
I'm reading (and trying to translate) a passage from one Pontus Heuterus (Pontus de Huyter, Res Austriacae 12.8.), 16th-century theologian and historian, ...
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Short Latin Compostion - a play off a Biblical line

I’m trying to write a line of prayer in Latin that is playing off of Psalm 19:14 (the Vulgate appears to have this line as Psalm 18:15) (In English it runs along the lines of “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”) For reference, the two main ways I’ve seen this in Latin are:
A) sint placentes sermones ...
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Art of Time

Hey guys, I'm completely new here. I was curious to know if there is a proper translation to say the "Art of Time". Would it be "Ars Tempus"?
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Help scanning this line

bīnae aurēs, dūplicī aptantur dentālia dorsō
(Georgics 1.172)

How is this supposed to be a legitimate line of hexameter? I cannot figure out what magic I am expected to do to get it to work.

The key to this mystery must lie in dūplicī, which, as it is (with long, short, long syllables), can't fit into the meter. The only thing I can think of--which seems like it's asking a lot--is to read it as ...
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Bulla Contra Errores Martini Lutheri Et Sequacium

Bannandrohungsbulle Leo X. "Exsurge Domine", 15. Juni 1520

Bannandrohungsbulle -- a noun of some sort. I would have expected nominative, but that does not agree with bulla below, which appears to be a 1st-decl fem. I suppose that I recognize "bann," (weddings banns), "andro" (man), and "bulla" (papal bull).

Exsurge Domine -- "Rise/Take action, Lord." Exsurge is imp., act., ind. from exsurgō, surrēxi . Domine is vocative, 2nd-decl. dominus.

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Help with Georgic 1.167

I am having some trouble with this line:
omnia quae multo ante memor provisa repones
(G. 1.167)
I have been staring at this line for a while. Somebody called H. Rushton Fairclough (my Loeb edition) once translated it as "All of these you will remember to provide and store away long beforehand..."

As far as I can tell, ante is adverbial here, but I just can't figure out how memor fits in. Is it some ...
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Aesop Fable: Ursae Catuli et Leaena

Dear all,

I am facing a short but probably difficult fable as below:

Cum quaedam ursa laboriose et anxie lamberet ut catulos suos figuraret, leaena vidit et “Lambe,” ait, “quantum voles; non fiet ut ursos non educaveris.” Cura elegantem raro reddit hunc librum, quem semel partus infelix informem dedit.

The clause: "non fiet ut ursos non educaveris" seems strange to me. The last sentence is obscure also.

Please kindly help

Sincerely yours
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re-reading for self-instruction: what unit of reading?

When I read a a difficult text for a second, or third time, I find myself looking up again words that I looked up the first and second time. Right now I'm on my third reading of Horace's Ars Poetica, nearly 500 lines long. Sometimes I think, "Darn it, I looked this up before, and now I can't recall the solution!"

Is there any recommended length for re-reading? Suppose I decided to re-read until I ...
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