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Confusing sentence in Comenius - on usury, interest rates


In proofreading a transcription of the Janua Linguarum by Comenius, I came across a sentence I can't make sense of:

864. Qui supra sortem (summam primitivam) foenus (usuras) exigit, sive unciarum (centesimam, 12. pro 100.) sive semunciarum (semissem, 6. pro 100.), non creditor est sed foenerator (danista).

(Some editions omit some or all of the specific interest rates. E.g. one of the English translations, "He that exacts usury above one's state or abilities is ...
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Help translating an epigram

Hi everyone, I was wondering if someone would be so kind as to help me translate Oscar Wilde's famous epigram "I can resist anything but temptation" to Latin? This is not for a homework or anything similar, promise =)
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How to pronounce "energicus"?

Should the stress fall on the third syllabus?
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Qui discipulus multas res discit?

In libro suo LLPSI Orberg rogat: Qui discipulus multas res discit?

Ecce Responsum suum: Discipulus prudens et industrius multas res discit.

Estne Responsum meum rectum: Sextus (in hoc libro) multas res discit. Puer prudens et industrius est.

Estne 'Qui' adiectivum demonstrativum?
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Not as I would like, but as I am able...


I'm still too much of a beginner to quite manage this myself, but I'd like to translate a motto in Latin, making it as pithy as possible.

It's something I might like to put on the back of my drawings.

In English: "Not (done as well) as I would like/wish, but as (the best) I can (do)."
Therefore: "Not as I would like/wish, but as I can."

At my current level (about halfway though ...
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Question from Eutropius

I am reading Hazzard's Eutropius to get a chunk of reading experience under my belt. I hadn't seen anything that I couldn't figure out by rereading the sentence once or thrice, until I came across the following (Book 4.7):

"Paulus hoc pronuntiavit et legationes multarum gentium, quae ad eum venerant, magnificentissime convivio pavit, dicens eiusdem hominis esse debere et bello vincere et convivii apparatu elegantem esse."

Ok, just in typing this I now see ...
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Aeneid similes (12.331ff. and 12.451ff.)

Could I ask please if anyone has a strategy for getting through these "qualis...talis" similes when the "qualis" itself agrees with a nominative noun in a subordinate clause (a "cum" clause at 12.331 and an "ubi" clause at 12.451)? I have grasped the meaning of each passage, but only by jumping around here and there for the various words or by rereading earlier parts of the sentence before getting to the end. When I try ...
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How to translate "map of India"?

Hi all, I want to translate the phrase of "map of India" into Latin. Should I translate it as "Charta Indiana" or "Charta Indica" ? Or both is fine? What is the difference between the word "Indiana" and "Indica" ? And for the pair of "charta" and "tabula", I also can not distinguish them.

If you translate "map of India", what will you have?
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Help with (Shakespeare's) Caesar

Salvete omnes!

I am just finishing proofreading my transcription of Henry Denison's 1856-translation of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. There are four words I am not completely sure about.

BOLD = Original doutbtful passage
UNDERLINED = My suggestion.

  • Brut.--Jamdudum id fecisti, Cassi. Videsis ; minae tuae nihil in me valent; eâ enim virtute me totum involvo, ut, tanquam vana aura, istae me incassum praetervolent.
  • Cass.--Portia, obiistin ?
  • Ant.--Attamen tu, Brute, cum ...
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Interesting Construction - Comments?

I came across the following construction in a work of Martin Luther (d. 1546):

hoc modo perpetuo disputat Diatribe contra suum inpsius institutum, quo se non sic disputaturam promisit, sed quendam conatum liberi arbitrii ostensuram, cuius tamen non meminit multum tota serie argumentorum, tantum abest, ut probet, quin contrarium potius probat, ut ipsa potius omnia ridicule et dicat et disputet.

Luther is arguing against the "Diatribe" of Erasmus, and often personifies it ("Lady Diatribe") as ...
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