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Verbs with Nominative Complements

I was in Latin class today and it was pointed out that VIDEOR takes a nominative complement in a similar way to SUM - I am - ESSE to be..

I am wondering if there is a list anywhere of the Latin verbs that take a nominative complement.

I'm grateful for any pointers here - I knew there were a few Greek Verbs like that, but didnt realise it extended into ...
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Boston area Latin reading group!!!

I am looking to start a small Latin reading group which will meet once a week or so at night for a couple hours to read Latin texts, discussing their context within classical culture while socializing and having lots of fun!

You need not be an advanced reader, but you should have completed elementary Latin (e.g., all of Wheelock) and have a good grasp of basic grammar. We will review grammar and the stylistic quirks ...
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Caesar--"armata"

All,

I cannot find an explanation in any grammar for the from of "armatus" in the following snippet from "De Bello Gallico:"

hos posse conficere armata milia centum

A note to the text at the Perseus website paraphrases it as "armatorum virorum milia centum." This would suggest that "armata" is a variant form of the genitive plural, but it seems to be unique to instances where numbers are involved.

Does anyone know if and ...
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Please advise: How to begin self-study

Ok, I've read a lot of conflicting accounts regarding the best way for someone who's just starting Latin in a self-study endeavor to proceed. Thus, I'm seeking a bit of council to hopefully form some reasonable course of action.

First, my objective: to learn to read Latin proficiently. Composition is a desirable skill, but definitely takes a back seat to reading comprehension in the short term. Speaking is also desirable, although I think pronunciation should ...
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Vita est Brevis

Is the phrase "Life is Short" correctly translated into Latin as Vita est Brevis.
Does "Dark Wolf Brother" translate into Noctis Lupus Frater.
And finally does "Art Endures" translate into Ars eduro, or should I use perduro/pertolero.
Thanks for the help.
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Need help with this short para...

Primus et Romae et imperii conditor Romulus est, filius dei, Martis et Rhea Silviae. Romulum cum, Remo fratre in Tibernium rex, Amuluis, ictact. Sed infantes clamant et lupa pueros iuvat. Tum sub arbore Faustulus pastor pueros videt et portat in casam et educat.

What I come out with: (I will just translate the words directly, Can't really figure out the first part) First both Rome and command founder Romlus is son of the gods Martis ...
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Opinions on this latin name use

Hello All
The following "latin name/derivations" have been selected for the name of a small business and they are not sure if there is any grammatical reason why this would not make sense?
The name "Mercantare" is being considered as the name of a small business but am not sure about the actual grammer. For example if it was a past tense it would probably not make sense.
Any opinions would be gratefully recieved on ...
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Advantages of Knowing Latin

Knowing Latin can be downright cool sometimes! Here are my reasons why:

1) Knowing Latin is the mark of an educated person. Knowledge of Latin conveys intellect more than perhaps any other foreign language (although Greek may be a close match).

2) The etymology/roots of dozens if not hundreds of English words or phrases is extremely obvious to you. Similarly, many words from the more errudite sectors of English vocabulary are practically self-explanatory.

3) Even ...
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Correction check

Hello all!! I've been studying Latin for a couple of months now and I was just wondering could someone check this and make sure that I translated this paragraph correctly into Latin. If I have anything wrong then you can just correct it for me and/or tell me what I did wrong then give the correction.

Here's the English:
1.I didn't do anything today. 2.I just studied all day long. 3.By the way, If I ...
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Translation help

I am having some trouble with animae in this phrase:

De natura animae nec cum poeta senseram nec sententiam mutare optaveram.

Rough 1st draft:

I had neither agreed with the poet nor had I desired to change opinion about the spirit of nature.

Is animae in the genetive?

natura is in the ablative (de natura): concerning, about nature
animae, if in the genetive, is "of the spirit".

I want to say

about nature's spirit ...
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