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Reading questions

Hi, I have a question but is not about grammar:

I learned latin almost all by myself and I don't have the least idea about what one should read in a 'normal' class. I started doing what interested me most:Poetry and history. I read 4 books of the metamorphoses,caesar, Cicero in catilina, and Tacitus Germania; a dozen poems of catullus, the first 4 eclogues and a couple odes from horace, more or less.

But I ...
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A satirical epigram

Here's an epigram from Martial.I just can understand it literarily,but it doesn't make sense to me.Anybody can show me its cultural context or background ?
I got it in this way:
——Thaida Quintus amat.'quam Thaida?'Thaida luscam.
unum oculum Thais non habet,ille duos.
——Quintus loves Thais."which Thais?" The one with only one eye.One of Thais' eyes was blind,but both of his were blind.

And another one from Juvenal as below,I can't go on translating any more~~~~ ...
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Missing parts of fio

If fimus and fitis are not used in good prose, what do you use instead? And what on earth is wrong with fimus and fitis anyway?

Also, while I'm here, what is the passive infinitive of esse to eat. Is it edi?
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Ecce Romani


I'm in Latin 1 and I use this textbook. How come there isn't a forum for this textbook? Is it unpopular or just a poor textbook? Thanks
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Something I've been meaning to ask for a while.

Could you translate my university's motto...

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How would you express something like "she looks scared" or "he looks nice" or something? Without using an adjective like pulchrus est. Would you say like videtur timere or something? Can you always use videri like that? My dictionary says something about using facies, but that seems a bit awkward to me.
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help with latin phrase

I am unsure of the exact translation of "A Micus Viri, Vir Dei"
"From service to man, ??? man God???
Can anyone help?
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Small translation... "Partus"

Hello! I am attempting to translate "The Bill/Invoice of Birth” from German into Latin and have at the moment arrived at "Parti factura".

I was wondering if anyone here in the forum had any other ideas? I'm aware that this could be quite boring compared with the other texts discussed here, but would be very glad for any short constructive replies.

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translating from english to latin

i'm in latin II and i have to make a project on the 13th labor of hercules. obviously there is no 13th labor so we have to create one ourselves. anyways worth 50 points we have to translate 5 sentences into latin but with some grammar. We have to have atleast one of each:

superlative adjective or adverb
complementary infinitive or indirect statement
present participle or ablative absolute
gerund or gerundive
subjunctive clause

I have ...
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A Problem in Martialis

Salvete, omnes.

I have had som trouble with this epigram by Martialis.

Cum sitis similes paresque vita,
Uxor pessima, pessimus maritus,
Miror, non bene convenire vobis.

My somewhat liberal translation goes as follows:

As you are alike and similar in lust for life,
you worst wife, you worst husband,
I wonder if you wouldn't be well off together.

However, I have trouble understanding the Latin syntax in two places:

1) Am I correct in assuming ...
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