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A plug for Emacs

When I need to type a Greek word into a Latin document, I use the powerful text editor Emacs. The command set-input-method lets me shift into Greek, and back to Latin on the same line of text. The Greek characters are about what you'd expect a Latin keyboard to produce.

Emacs can be daunting to a beginner, but I started using it about twenty years ago when I took up Linux. There is also a ...
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Cic., pro Sestio, XXIV

Cicero is condemning the pair of crooked consuls who turned the government upside down and sent Cicero into exile. I need help on classifying this use of the subjunctive:

Quodsi meis incommodis laetabantur, urbis tame periculo commoverentur.

Here is the LCL translation: Yet even if they rejoiced at my disasters, they ought to have been affected by the peril of the State.

I overlooked the contrary-to-fact meaning of commoverentur until after I had checked my ...
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expression in North & Hilliard

In North & Hilliard, Latin Prose Composition, Exercise 216, I find this vocabulary entry:
fine, mulcto aliquem, abl.

I need first, a dictionary headword for mulcto;
and second, a grammatical explanation of the comment abl.. I am baffled by this entry, maybe because of ignorance of an idiom.

I'm still pecking away on a text file containing the exercise vocabularies in the N&H Latin composition textbook.
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Fully digitized version of Smith & Hall

Most of you are probably familiar with the great English-Latin dictionary of Smith & Hall. I am happy to be able to announce to you that there is now a fully digitized version of it available at https://www.latinitium.com/smithhall

As you will see, the text, which was proofread by yours truly, has been supplied with clickable links between the various articles, which of course greatly speeds up browsing the dictionary, ...
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Looking for key to Ritchie's First and Second Steps in Latin

I'm looking to get my hands on these books (or scans of them). The purpose is to transcribe them and make them freely available online (along with the textbooks themselves, which I already have). They are in the public domain in my country. I also intend to make Anki decks with the exercises.
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Nutting Translation

I am trying to read through Nutting's reader. It's pretty easy and I don't expect it to take long. However, there is this one sentence I've been banging my head on for a little bit. I understand what it is saying. However, the exact sense and the grammar doesn't make sense.

Here it is: Coloni tamen iniurias mox Indis fecerunt ac brevi ad unum ab eis interfecti sunt.

The colonists, nevertheless, soon hurt the Indians ...
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Learning Latin the Ancient Way: Latin Textbooks from the Anc

It's not only Eleanor Dickey fans who will appreciate this book. She has done a great amount of work on teaching texts from ancient times and has collected some of them, along with English translations and some Greek renderings (since they were designed to teach Latin to Greek speakers) in this book. Not only is this of great interest to those of us who teach Latin, but the texts are a goldmine of information on ...
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Cic. pro Sestio

The context is hard to explain, because I don't know enough about the political situation, and the social conventions that provide the background of "pro Sestio." As best I can tell, Cicero's enemies have tried to deny the senate the right to express sympathy for Cicero, which sympathy would have taken the form of symbolic mourning. Cicero presents this denial as a outrage. I sense angry sarcasm in the passage.

ergo hominis desperati et proditoris ...
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second declension feminine nouns

While the second declension is considered to be masculine/neuter are there not in fact many feminine nouns?
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Find peace who is seeking for peace

I'm trying to translate this sentence from English to Latin.

“Find peace who is seeking for peace.”

Is the following translation correct?


Any suggestions or correction will be appreciated.
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