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Literary/Poetical Latin vocabulary

Salvete omnes. Qvaestionem habeo: What criteria does a Latin word need to meet in order to be considered "literary/poetical" instead of "common" or "colloquial"? For example: "acersecomes" and "adolescens". Both words can be translated as "young man" but according to my research writers such as Cicero would use "acersecomes" (Graece: ἀκερσεκόμης).Does a word need to be of Greek origin in order to be considered literary or are there other criteria which it needs to meet? ...
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Horace Carmen 1.2 line 21

''audiet civis acuisse ferrum, quo graves Persae melius perirent, audiet pugnas vitio parentum rara iuventus''

So I stumbled upon this - in my eyes - rather difficult grammatical line.

My question is: what is the subject of the first audiet (some say it should be civis, but to me this makes no sense. I believe rara iuventus is twice the subject, of both audiet forms.)? Then, the following question automatically arises: why acuisse? Shouldn't this ...
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Colloquia Latina by Benjamin L. D'Ooge

Is anyone working on or finished working with this this book? Looking for thoughts and feedback on this book. Personally I find it to be a great and useful little book. I would like to know the thoughts of others about what they thought of this book.
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Curia Hostilia

Orberg refers (in Cap XXXVI of LLPSI ) to the Curia Hostilia as follows:

'... tunc vero in antiquam curiam Hostiliam....'

Is Hostiliam an adjective in this case: hostilius, -a, -um...?
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bene gesserit

Please, what is the Latin use of the phrase "bene gesserit"? Web search is swamped by the results of this phrase being re-used in the science fiction 'Dune' series as the name of a society of female witches:: its author likely knew that "bene" is also Hebrew for "sons of".
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translation help

Passage: "Vero iter qvod ad sapientiam ducit durum est."

Source: "Colloqvia Latina",Colloqvivm Vndecim by Benjamin L. D'Ooge

My translation: "Truth which leads to wisdom is a difficult journey."

Any takers on this one? I think I have missed the proper translation by a long shot!
Thanks to any and all who can set me straight on this one.
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Si erravi, corrige me,qvaeso

Salvete omnes! Please tell me if I have correctly translated the following passage on Latin grammar:

"Verbvm qvod formam passivam sed significationem activam habet deponens verbvm appellatvr."
(From: "Colloqvia Latina" by Benjamin L. D'Ooge, Colloqvivm Vndecim)

My translation is : "A verb which has the the passive form but signifies the active form is called a deponent verb."

Also, I am thinking that the words "deponens" et ""verbvm" are in the vocative neuter singular since ...
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Colles Romae

Orberg is fairly casual about giving one the correct gender of place names. For example here is a list of the Roman hills and I cannot find any dictionary or source to give me the correct gender of a number of them. It's my view that good dictionaries ought to provide gender for all common place names found in Latin authors. Can anyone tell me the gender of the Quirinalis, -i (?) and Viminalis, -i ...
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magis accusativo...


Orberg (Donatus?) has:

M. 'Super' quam vim habet?

D. Ubi locum significat, magis accusativo casui servit quam ablativo; ubi mentionem alicuius facimus, ablativo tantum, ut 'multa super Priamo rogitans, super Hectore multa'* (Vergilius: Aeneis I.750).

When it means location, it is more subject to the accusative case than the ablative ; when we are making ...
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How does the grammar of this work

I'm just at the end of Orberg Book I in my vocab revision exercise. In Cap XXXV - taken from Donatus' grammar he (Donatus?) has:

M. Quae nomina comparantur?

D. Appellativa dumtaxat qualitatem aut quantitatem significantia.

I think I know what this means but I'm not sure what the subject and object are of the answer.

'appellative' is an adjective. 'significantia' seems to be a participle....

I understand that Donatus viwed adjectives and nouns as ...
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