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Indirect questions

I understand these in principle, but...... :? are these correct...

Apud consules toti civitati diximus Lucium virum bonum esse; alterum illud malum fecisse.
Among the consuls all of the citizens said Lucius was a good man; but with the other we made him out to be bad (???)
I know what the last part SHOULD be...literal translation anyone?

Servos tuos in agros urbi proximos duci puto.
I ...
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Who is easiest, Cattulus, Horace, Ovid or Virgil?

SALVETE OMNES.

I've had some delays, but now I'm getting back to my Latin. Soon I will be ready to tackle my first classical author.

These are my choices:

Cattulus: Love Poems
Horace: Odes
Ovid: The Art of Love
Virgil: Aeneid

Which do you think would be the easiest to start with? Thanks!

VALETE BENE.
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Propertius - Elegies

The poet talks about the misfortune of having been ensnared by his mistress Cynthia. Much of the poem is quite easy. However, there is a line at the end, with which I have some trouble. It runs thus -

cum tamen adversos cogor habere deos

I translate this as "While I am forced to consider the Gods to be hostile" (there is I think an elision of esse). My translation sees it differently, saying it ...
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Ablative of cause

Wheelock doesn't really cover this, except as an after thought, so I don't really understand it, but the sentence to translate is: Relying on the courage of his soldiers, he led them against the enemy. Fortitudine militum, contra hostes eos duxit.
Licet tibi ridere.
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Research for a novel

Hi there.
I'm a writer, doing some research for my latest project, a novel length thriller.
Though set in the present day, the novel contains an ancient secret society founded during the Roman Empire. This society uses many Latin terms, names and titles.

I have to confess at this point that I speak no Latin, so I've put them together with various English-Latin translation resources on the web. However, I'd really like to double check ...
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Importance of speaking latin?

I was wondering if learning to speak Latin is important to learning the language. I'm learning on my own, and I just want to be able to read Latin, not speak it. Should I just concentrate on that, or try to speak it correctly? What have you all done?

Thanks!
Barbara
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One or two more N&H English to Latin

Some more N&H preliminary ones
Neither the king nor his sons will be killed. Nec rex nec filii sui necabuntur. I'm not sure if sui, being reflexive, is correct because that the sons are also part of the subject. Eius seems even more wrong.
Did you, who were present, see him? Tune, qui aderat(adiit), eum vidisti? I originally had Vidistine eum, qui aderas? but I think that is even more wrong.
They were thought to ...
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Might I make a suggestion?

Is there anyway we can have reference to charts for Latin grammar on here without having to download one of those things for Acrobat? I was just wondering because my computer is slowing down from downloading them.

Gratias

Aurelia
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New person

Hello!
I am new to this forum, and have just started learning latin. Feel free to remind me why learning latin is a good idea, if you please, as I am getting only negative feedback at the moment: 'latin is a dead language.'

So, I've decided to have a look at the pronunciation first, yet so far I've gotten two different guides from two different sources. The one claims that ae sounds like ai in ...
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More questions from N&H

I have struck trouble in the section dealing with composite subjects.
You and your brother will be killed by the enemy. Tu fraterque tuus ab hostibus necabuntur. Where should the -que go, there or after the tuus?
You and I and our friends will set out. Tu et ego et amici nostri proficiscemur. Is this the correct way to list things separated by 'and's?
The king and queen are dear to all of the citizens. ...
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