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Gerundives & Gerunds

So, in this sentence:

"Legendo noscimus multa."

We know many things by reading.

And "legendo" is an ablative gerund. It is a substantive, is active in meaning (and neuter singular).

But, this sentence:

"Libris legendis noscimus multa."

We know many things by reading books.

I know legendis is a gerundive - but only because it's in the plural. But suppose it said "libro legendo" lol?

I suppose I also have a hint that legendis is ...
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Collatinus: lemmatiser and a morphological analyser

Salvete,

while browsing the French bit of the Internet I encountered a nice looking tool called Collatinus (its web-site also has an English version). Some of the blurb:

Collatinus wrote:Presentation

Collatinus is a free multi-OS (Mac, Windows et Debian GNU/Linux) and open access application that is easy to install and use.

Collatinus is both a lemmatiser and a morphological analyser for Latin texts: if a conjugated or declined form of a word is entered, it ...
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ut iactūram faceret eius reī quā māximē omnium dēlectābātur

This is from Lingua Latina per se Illustrata:

"Anulum abiecit, cum sese nimis felicem esse censeret. (...) Tum amīcus eius, rēx Aegyptī, cum felīcitātem atque glōriam eius ingentem vidēret, tyrannō suā­sit, ut iactūram faceret eius reī quā māximē omnium dēlectābātur: ita deōrum invidiam āvertī posse spērā­bat. "

"He threw the ring, because he thought that he was very happy(?). Then his firend, king of Egypt, when he saw his happiness and his great glory, advised ...


Early Modern Scholastic Latin

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My New Blog: Latin & Greek Aids, Bible Studies, Et Cetera

χαιρετε εταιροι!-salvete, sodales!-Hello, friends/members!

I haven't posted as much here as on B-Greek, but plan to do more this year.

After being away from blogging for several years, I've started a new Biblical studies blog, Let Ancient Voices Speak, which will feature Bible studies on various topics from a Christian perspective, sermons, poetry, ancient language aids (including Greek and Latin) and my own Bible version. You can find it at http://letancientvoicesspeak.wordpress.com

The first Greek and ...
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Use of Imperfect Subjuctive

Hello!!
These are lines from Lingua Latina Per se Illustrata:

"Rex eos interogavit 'num scirent ubi esset Arion et quid faceret?' Responderunt 'hominem, cum inde abirent, in terra Italia fuisse eumque illic bene vivere' "

"The king asked them if they knew where Arion was and what he did, they answered that he, when they left Italia ..."

I'm having troubles understanding whether the translation of the subjunctive is correct or not.
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Latin as the Romans Learned It

I recently discovered in a library a beginner's book that seems to employ the "natural" method, called Latin as the Romans Learned It, by Hector Levesque. I took some pictures that can be downloaded here. It's the second part of book one, and Worldcat tells me that the only known copy of this book is the one I came across. Googling the title doesn't give any useful info. Has anyone ever heard of this book?
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Cum and ut clauses

Hello!!
This is a line from Lingua Latina Per se Illustrata:
"Is fidicen nobilissimus fuit qui tam pulchre canebat ut bestiae, naturam suam oblitae, accederent, ut eum cantantem audirent, ac rapidi fluvii consisterent, ne strepitu cantum eius turbarent."

"He was a the most noblest harper who sang so well that the beasts, having been forgotten their nature, aproached to see him singing, and (?), to not disturb his singing with noise."

The book says that ...
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Bookstores in Rome

I have a chance to be in Rome next week and was wondering if there were any bookstores that would have books in Latin, similar to an OCT, new or used books would be fine, that I could get inexpensively. In the US we have very limited bookstores with books in Latin, reasonably priced.

Any suggestions would be awesome!
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Deponent Verb Question

So, as my Greek is more advanced than my Latin, I'm somewhat familiar with Deponent verb forms; this passage, however, has me a bit confused and wonder if someone might help clarify it.

So, overall, putting aside semi-deponents and exceptions/complexities and whatnot, deponents are verbs that 1. have no active forms and 2. no passive meanings. This is another way of saying that they only have 1. active meanings and 2. passive forms.

So far, ...
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