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billy! I can't read the english english

Billy - see you at the gathering of classicists tonight, I look forward also to seeing your college mormor!

I am doing N&H Prose Composition Exercise 250. Many of these exercises I do skip because I can not understand the english (what the bleeding heck is a 'fastness'?!) This reminds me of my french teacher who has trouble writing standard english but whose french is excellent (iuvat a te doceri, magistra mea!)

Here is the ...
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Vi en la peli " S.P.Q.R. " Que significa?

I saw in the movie when Caesar goes anywhere, there 's somethin' and S.P.Q.R. on it. What does it represent for?
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Translation to latin

Is my translation ok?

1) Caesar was in war the bravest and most decisive Roman commander.
Caesar optimus maximeque Romanus imperator in bello fuit.

2) Health is more needed to people than wealth.
Salus est hominibus magis necessaria quam divitae.

3) Let Vestal girls guard eternal fire.
Ignis perpetuum Vestalum virgines custodiunto.
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Important grammar subjects

We had a post the other day about word order in Latin - a new learner was rather confused by this. It made me think about the way textbooks are often written - rather unimportant points like word order seem to be given the same weight as the completely totally screamingly (!!!) important stuff like ablative absolutes. Now, for some reason they "hold off" teaching about AA's until well into the course - so the ...
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Comparative sentences

Is my translation ok?

1) I know better and cleverer man.
Cognosco hominem meliorem et clariorem.

2) I see smaller and thiner bird.
Video minorem and gracilior avem.
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Which book should I start with ?

D'ooge, Collar & Daniell, Wheelocks . . . ?

For the absolute beginner.
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Need help translating

I have been learning latin on my own with 'the clarendon latin course' on and off for several years now.
I would get up to a certain frustrating point, then stop for several months, then do it all over again, getting to the point, understanding easily, and moving farther each time.

This way worked fine for me, until i got to 'Supplementary Exercise L'.
I just couldn't make any sense in # 1.
i thought ...
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Latin assistance urgently required!!!

1. I am going to the city to buy bread
- eo in urbem ut panem emam

2. He went to the city lest he should see his father
- iit in urbem ne suum patrem videret

3. We have gone home to see our friends
- iimus domum ut noster amicos videamus

4. We shall go to Caesar to ask for peace
- ibimus ad Caesam ut pacem rogemus

5. Do not send me ...
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Catullus 13

Hi all,

I have a few questions about this poem. But first, here's my non-literal translation

Cenabis bene, mi Fabulle, apud me
paucis, si tibi di favent, diebus
si tecum attuleris bonam atque magnam
cenam, non sine candida puella
et vino et sale et omnibus cachinnis.
Haec si, inquam, attuleris, venuste noster,
cenabis bene: nam tui Catulli
plenus sacculus est aranearum.
Sed contra accipies meros amores,
seu quid suavius elegantiusvest:
nam unguentum dabo, quod meae ...
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Oh boy did I have trouble with this one...

For some reason I couldn't handle it...Latin to English I tried, I think I got it wrong in certain places...

Si tu et Tullia lux nostra, valetis, ego et Cicero valemus. Ad athenas tardeque et incommode navigamus, enim adversi venti erant. De nave ambulavimus et nobis Acastus cum litteris praesto fuit. Accepi tuas litteras et ex multis amicis litteras.

If you and Tullia, our light, are strong, I and Cicero are strong. To athens we ...
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