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Legend in Latin

Hi all.

I'm doing a translation of a popular story.
I'm making headway, but my Latin is limited.

Maybe we could do this collectively.
I'll post the story in bits along with the latin I have, although the Latin is not perfect.

Look forward to your collective input.

Here we go:

Prince Llywelyn loved hunting with his faithful dog Gelert.
Princeps Lugubelenus venari amabat, cum cane fedele suo Gelert.

In fact, he was the best ...
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stray eius diei

I am trying to read a story about Jason and the Argonauts, and there is this sentence:

Postrîdiê êius diêî Iâsôn tempestâtem satis idôneam esse arbitrâtus (summa enim tranquillitâs iam cônsecûta erat), ancorâs sustulit, et pauca mîlia passuum prôgressus ante noctem Mýsiam attigit.

The next day, Jason judged that the weather was suitable enough (in fact very calm weather had followed ), he weighed anchor, travelled a few miles and landed at Mysia before ...
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trying to read Apuleus

I'm having a problem putting the following together, I understand the general gist of the sentence (because I know the story) but once again I'm missing a few pieces

Hi tres numero filias forma conspicuas habuere, sed maiores quidem natu, quamvis gratissima specie, idonee tamen celebrari posse laudibu humanis credebantur, at vero puellae iuiores tam praecipua tam preaclara pulchritudo nec exprimi ac ne sufficienter quidem laudari sermonis humani penuria poterat.

First of all, why ...
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Word Order

I'm working through Wheelock's and I've noticed that when I translate from English to Latin, I often get each word right, but the order of the sentence is different. For example

If your land is strong, nothing terrifies the sailors and you ought to praise your great fortune.
I wrote: Si patria tua valet, nihil nautas terret et magnam fortunam tuam debes laudare.
The key on this site wrote: Si valet tua patria, nihil nautas ...
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Basic Question: Active into Passive

Hello all...

I am working through the Minkova Readings and Exercises in Latin Prose Composition and realized that I could not think of the answer to this basic question: When taking an active sentence and making it passive, what is to be done with the indirect object?

Here is my active sentence: Legati omnia bona Cincinnato exoptant.

Then, I rewrote it in the passive voice: Omnia bona Cincinnato legatis exoptantur.

I placed "Cincinnatus" into the ...
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catullus #1

This was confusing me.

Cui dono lepidum nouum libellum
arida modo pumice expolitum?...

To whom do I give this witty new book
just polished with a pumice (arida)

at first, I thought that arida described pumice, but I looked it up and it turned out to be masculine. so what does arida belong to?
I'm assuming it's ablative.

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Second Year Latin - Part 2

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Second Year Latin - Part 1 - Selections of Easy Latin, edited by Greenough, D'Ooge and Danniel

I just wonder why the second Part, selections from the Gallic War wasn't made PDF. As Gallic War is a popular text for those who touch Latin literary works for the first time, I do think this selection a good one for them. The edition here by Giles is not so easily read, while there ...
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de M&F cpt XII quaesita

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Fer auxilium?


My Latin teacher is leaving our high school after teaching here for seventeen years, and our chapter of NJCL's Latin Club is putting together a plaque to give her at our final convivium.

Here's what I've come up with thus far; any comments on the grammatical aspects would be very, very welcome, as I'm not totally sure if all parts of it are correct (or if some parts could be better phrased). ...
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Some Third Declesion Nouns

I have noticed that some nouns (third declension it seems), have the accusative singular in "im" and not "em". For example: Tiber, the river, has an accusative singular of Tiberim. My question is this: Is there some clue in a nominative or genetive singular that would alert me to an "im" sg. acc.? Or do I have to simply commit to memory nouns of this type when I encounter them?


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