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Irregular Verbs

Hi all,

I have read my way through a few Latin grammars and they all offer lists of irregular verbs. Some offer a list of, say, 80, some have more than 500! I wonder what to do: what I'd really like would be to see a system behind it and only memorize the inevitable ones like fero - tuli - latus sum, for instance. Why learn both perficio and afficio? Add any prefix to facio ...
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help with indirect/direct commands

latin to english:

noli quemquam mittere

Don't send ? (what's quemquam?)

monet me ut se sequar

he advises me to follow him. that ok?

english to latin:

I advise you not to stay at home
moneo vos ne domi manatis? (do you need the vos or does manatis make it understood??)

He persusaded me that i should set out at dawn.
persuasit me ut prima luce proficiscorer? (again do u need the me or is ...
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Problems in Syntax

Hi all,

I've been wondering about the following sentences for a while:

me vivere coegisti

iubeo eum venire

puto puerum dormire

I am not sure I can define the exact differences between their general syntactical constructions. I have some ideas but... please share your thoughts :)
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Is Livy difficult?

Hi everyone,
i have been learning latin for almost a year now and have just begun to translate Livy Book 1. i am not trying to translate the preface, just the first chapter in preparartion for my first class. even with the Gould/Whiteley ed. (that has lots of notes) I am finding it VERY difficult :oops: should i be? or am i just very rusty after the ...
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help with Aeneid 3 translation:

at 111: hinc mater cultrix Cybeli...etc.

whats going on with cultrix? my dictionary has it as "female inhabitant". The notes dont explain it and D. West seems to ignore it.

at 90: vis ea fatus eram: tremere omnia visa repente,

"scarcely i had said this (what's fatus??): suddenly everthing having been seen (what form is visa and what's it doing??) began to shake"

at 93: summissi petimus terram...

having sent ourselves down to the ground?? ...
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tibullus poem help.

need some help with this line:

servitium sed triste datur, teneorque catenis,

but he/she/it is being to sad love, i am being held by chains,??


I have enough trouble understanding english poetry sometimes, doing it in latin just is t3h suck.
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"Speaking with the Dead"

Salvete! A friend of mine has requested my help. He's writing a story involving a set of instructions for speaking with the dead. He'd like to give these instructions a good Latin title. I've taken five years' worth, but I've not really done anything with the language in two years, in which time I've lost almost everything but my dictionary. "Rusty" doesn't even begin to describe it. So.

I'm thinking I want the dative gerund ...
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Family Motto

Salvete omnes,

A colleague has asked me what his family motto means. I have a fair idea, but I thought I would ask for some expert opinions. It goes thus :-

et si ostendo non jacto

Thanks in advance for you help.

Valete,

C. Sentius Leontius
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Aranea Catulli

Carmina 13:

nam tui Catulli plenus sacculus est aranearum.

Why is the world does Catullus have a little sack full of spiderwebs? Is this a certain expression in latin or something? If so, what does it mean? Is he broke?
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-tio and -tion

I assume -tion (as in information, creation, etc.) comes from -tio in Latin, but how did the "n" get in there? Or is this just an unexlpainable philological mystery?
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