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Classical or Medieval?

which pronunciation do you prefer? Or do you use features of both pronunciations? or do you make up your own pronunciation system for latin? :D
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Aeneid 1:1-7

Hi all,

I had a bit of difficulty translating the opening lines of The Aeneid. Here is the text along with my attempt at translating it:

Arma virumque cano, Troiae qui primus ab oris
Italiam fato profugus Laviniaque venit
litora, multum ille et terris iactatus et alto
vi superum, saevae memorem Iunonis ob iram,
multa quoque et bello passus, dum conderet urbem
inferretque deos Latio, genus unde Latinum
Albanique patres atque altae moenia Romae.

Of ...
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relative clause

Hi all,

Today I ran across this sentence while reading a biography of Vergil in my textbook. Here it is along with my translation:
Publius Vergilius Maro, maximus poetarum Romanorum, natus est Idibus Octobribus prope Mantuam, quod est oppidum Italiae septentrionalis.
Vergil, the greatest of the Roman poets, was born on the 15th of October near Mantua, which is a town in northern Italy.
Why is quod used instead of quae in the relative clause? ...
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Aeneid Queries

i am reading some of the Aeneid and when i look at the commentary i often find the word pathetic used- pathetic fallacy etc. What does it actually mean?

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May vs. Might

The following sentences, which are clauses of purpose, are translated by my book this way:

Pugno ut nautam superem.
I fight in order that I may overcome the sailor.

Pugnabam ut nautam superarem.
I was fighting in order that I might overcome the sailor.

I understand the explanation my book gave me, regarding "primary" and "secondary" sequences, but I was wondering what the difference is between the English may and might? Why not just use ...
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Aeneid 4.212

"... cui litus arandum/ cuique loci leges dedimus," (4.212) is the usage of arandum here a gerundive? If it is, would it be translated "for whom the shore had to be plowed."? It seems like a passive periphrastic, but there is no being verb present.
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Latin Comp. q.

Hello; I've been practicing latin comp. I have a question: I can't seem to grasp the difference between <i>tam</i> and <i>adeo</i>. Any help?
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Translation help

The inhabitants of the province did not warn the cat about the queen's treachery.

Incolae provinciae de insidiis reginae felem non monuverunt.

1. Is this correct?
2. Is this good form, especially using the 'about the treachery' rather than 'of the treachery', the latter sounding better at least in English?
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First composition in Latin

Hi all,

I have reached to a point in my Latin studies where just making the exercises and reading aren’t enough. I feel that to improve my Latin I need also to write. So here it is my first attempt. I feel like I’m back to first year of studies writing compositions about the day I had, or the beautiful park I went and so one. But as I don’t have great skills as a ...
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Do accents change when a prefix is added?

For example, would pro'-bus become im'-pro-bus, or remain im-pro'-bus? Another one might be sci'o and ne'-sci-o (ne-sci'-o ?) I appreciate any help...
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