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Lingua Latina Available in Hardcover

For those of us who are big fans of Lingua Latina - it's available in Hardcover now.

Being the bibliophile that I am, I personally prefer hardcover books to paperback. I want my books to last generations, if possible.

Focus Publishing is sending me a free copy to examine - if I approve, I'll send them a check - if not, I'll return it. I'm rather picky about the quality of a hardcover book. The ...
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Black-Adder II in Latin

I like to do English-to-Latin translations for fun, and I've just accidentally translated the entire first episode of Black-Adder II into Latin (I forgot to stop). So I've put it on-linehere (under a different name).

I feel I've succeeded in overcoming most of the difficulties I encountered, except that:

I couldn't find a Latin expression for "to dribble", so I put "salivam profundere" which sounds awful. Anybody know one a better one?

I've ...
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Latin Poetry vs Latin Prose

I have come to a point where with a bit of dictionary turning, Latin prose is pretty easy. But whenever I try to translate latin poetry, it all goes downhill. The problem I guess is that sometimes its really hard to figure out where one clause starts and ends, and how to keep track of all the poetic licenses, uses of certain cases, and sentences with abiguous subjects.

I'm sure its not really that hard, ...
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Genitiv of Gaius

In dictionary stands Gaius, i

Is genitiv Gaii with two i or is it Gai with one i?
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The Everything Learning Latin Book

Has anyone here used the textbook "The Everything Learning Latin Book"? I'm curious as to wheather it's any good.
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Dear all,

Livy's Ab urbe condita I:1 starts "Iam primum omnium satis constat Troia capta in ceteros saevitum esse Troianos,..."

The sense is clear, something like "To begin with, it is well known that, after Troy was captured, the other Trojans were massacred..."

What puzzles me is the -tum in saevitum. It is not grammatically congruent with the Trojans who are massacred, that would presumably be saevitos. This seems to be a neuter form of ...
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How important are the macrons?

I'm teaching myself Latin and have the intention of studying it in a university come a year or so, and so far I've been memorizing all the little macrons, though to tell the truth, it's sort of a pain. I know that actual Latin didn't have them, but will they be demanded of me if I go to study Latin somewhere? Should I memorize words with the macrons or is it a waste of tempus ...
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cum multitudinem - Livy

I'm not understanding something from Livy :

"mouet res cum multitudinem tum duces"

That is, I understand the meaning of the phrase, but I don't understand how the accusative forms "multitudinem" and "duces" could possibly follow "cum," when it doesn't appear to be any kind of temporal clause. Quis auxilium ferat?
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translating Caesar

I decided to start in on the good book of Caesar, as it seems to be about my level. I can recognize most of the vocabulary and some of the phrases seem to come right out of D'ooge ( I'm starting to get the impression that d'ooge sort of teaches towards this reading)
I've decided to tackle it without any English version handy, so I guess I'll know if I end up with Caesar admitting ...
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cura mebris - Vergil

I feel like I'm missing something in the beginning of Liber IV of the Aeneid:

At regina graui iamdudum saucia cura
uulnus alit uenis et caeco carpitur igni.
multa uiri uirtus animo multusque recursat
gentis honos; haerent infixi pectore uultus
uerbaque nec placidam membris dat cura quietem.

"membris ... cura." I'm not following that. Who or what are these "members" ? There are dinstinctly a couple of sexual connotations that could resolve the phrase, but ...
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