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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.


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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English to Latin

Can anyone help me translate these to latin? I tried but I just started trying to learn some of this.

He loved her dearly ; Is amo eam carus

She will have praised him ; Ille laudaveris eum

She had sent those things to us ; Ille mittatis res nobis

We praised them ; Nos laudavimus eos

They praised you ; Ea laudavit te

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Mute with L or R

Hi to everyone :)

I am a begginer in latin and I am a little bit confused with the long syllables and the accent.

According to D'ooge a syllable is long “if it ends in a consonant which is followed by another consonant”, however according to other grammar books this is true for "any two consonants (except a mute with l or r)". So according to D'ooge ...
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cum vs ablative absolute

I'm somewhat confused on which to use when. I thought an ablative absolute was used when the action was not related to rest of the sentence but precedes it; and that cum with subjunctive was used either when there is a sentence that sort of takes the place of an ablative absolute but is too long for an abl. abs. or when this action, unconnected to the rest of the sentence occurred at the same ...
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