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Quis? quae?

In one of the sample pages of Ørberg's Familia Romana, it has phrases like so:

Quis est Marcus? Quae est Iulia?

And in the annotations on the side, it shows "quis" and "quae" next to each other, somehow equating one as the masculine version and the other feminine version of the same word. Am I missing something? "Quis," as I understand, is "who?" for masculine and feminine, "quid" being the neutral "what?". I also realize ...
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translation help

I am reading a book and there is a latin phrase used that I am having trouble understanding in context. The sentence containing the phrase is: "The first sine qua non of dispensationalism is the distinction between Isreal and the Church."

I am having trouble with the word "qua" in the phrase. When I look it up, it seems to note placement or direction but I can't seem to catch its meaning in this phrase. ...
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Orberg texts?

I saw some old threads that mentioned these texts ("lingva latina" series: http://users.cybercity.dk/~bbe6711/ ) and the opinions were generally positive. Are their any more recent views from people on the board about Orberg's books?
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Latin book publishers... ?

Anyone know where I can get a copy (in Latin) of Anselm's "Cur Deus Homo"? Does anyone publish these things anymore? :(

pax,
Iacobus
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Recommendations for reading

Salvete Omnes,

I'm about to wrap up my first year of Latin, and I was wondering what sort of literature you would recommend for someone that understands the basics of Latin (e.g. the six tenses, five declensions, 1st/2nd/3rd adj., personal pronouns, demonstrative adj., etc....). Also, I have a question about the noun Gades, Gadium- f. pl. Gades, Cadiz (a town in Spain) I don't understand how you can have a plural of a town?

Thanks ...
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help with a tiny phrase

paucis diebus post orbilius a discipulis mortem claudiae, uxoris titi ac matris sexti, audit.


I can understand the "uxoris titi ac matris sexti", I know that it is "uxoris" and "matris" and not "uxor" and "mater" because it's explaining "claudiae" and therefore must be in the same case as "claudiae", which is genitive.

But I cannot understand "paucis diebus post orbilius a discipulis mortem, ..., audit."
This is what I have got so far: "for ...
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Cases

The daughter || of the farmer || a ship .......|| to the lady || from the sailors || gives.
Nominative ...|| Gentive ........|| Accusative || Dative ......|| Ablative ...........|| verb


Would those above cases be right, and could someone complete the following, I dont understand Latin for Beginners description.

Nominative, the doer, subject;
Gentive, posessive;
Accusative, that to which it is done, direct object;
Dative, to from towards without action, indirect object;
Ablative, ??? & ...
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question about ambiguous phrase

Salve!

<i>novi oppidi incolae</i>

This can be translated in two different ways, can't it?

<i>the new inhabitants of the city</i>, where novi is nom. pl., or
<i>the inhabitants of the new city</i>, where novi is gen. sg.

But how do you know which one is correct? From the context, both meanings are possible.
It isn't really too important, I guess, as the difference in meaning is slight, yet it's still bothering me.
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Sorry to ask

I am sorry if this is not were i should be posting.

I am trying to translate a phrase form english to latin. I am sure many of you laugh at the simplicity of this but i am new and learning still.
Please excuse my ignorance.

Life and Death = Vita et Mortis

Is this correct, i have a few more i am curious about but not sure if i should put them here or ...
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Stings in the Tail

hello,

I am currently studying the works of Martial and I find his order of words rather confusing. I am wondering whether someone can re-order the following epigrams...:

funera post septem nupsit tibi Galla virorum,
Picentine: sequi vult, puto, Galla viros.



Pierios vatis Theodori flamma penates
abstulit. hoc Musis et tibi, Phoebe, placet?
o scelus, o magnum facinus crimenque deorum,
non arsit pariter quod domus et dominus!


Thank you in advance.
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