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need help with gerunds/gerundives

can't quite understand them. have had a bash at these sentences but i think there's lots wrong with them:

1. We must sleep in this villa.
haec villa est dormienda nobis.

should haec villa be in the nominative??

2. I think the captives should be set free.
scio captivi liberandi sunt.

think this one's ok.

3. By running quickly, Marcus reached the garden first.
celeriter currendo, Marcus hortum primus pervenit.

is currendo ok?? is primus ...
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autumnitas Ostiae

Desperately trying to get the # of my posts up, I thought I'd post a bit of Minucius Felix's Octavius, an apologetical dialogue for Christianity--not that I'm in to that sort of thing--but because in the beginning it has some of the best naturalistic descriptions I've read in Latin. Also a cool description of skipping sea-shells.

He speaks first of the pleasure he had seeing a friend he hadn't seen in a while:

Igitur post ...
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"Round up the usual suspects"

... is proving oddly difficult to put into Latin.

'Round up' is easy; an imperative, something like 'conlige'

'Suspects' presents a problem; I can't find an ordinary noun for 'suspect'. Hence I can't have an adjective 'usual' to agree with it.

My best so far is:

Conlige eos suetos suspectari
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from celsus de medicina

Pax vobis,

I'd like to please know if anyone can translate the word "condita" as used in Celsus' de Medicina. I have encountered various translations:

1. dried fruit
2. preserved fruit in general (dried, honeyed, salted)
3. specifically olives and grapes soaked in honey

Given that Celsus was writing a medical treatise, there must have been a need for great precision in the denotation of this word, and I was hoping someone might know.

Gratia ...
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Are these cum clauses really correct?

I've always had problems with cum clauses, so I downloaded A Latin Grammar and read what it said about it. If I understood it correctly, these sentences should be correct:

Because I saw Marcus, he was scared.
Cum Marcum viderem, timuit.

When I saw Marcus, he was scared.
Cum Marcum viderem, timuit.

You can replace the imperfects with pluperfects if you want, the sentences will still be the same. Is this really correct, is it ...
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Elicision

For this line.... which is dactylic hexameter...

when figuring out the feet and how the meter goes... would you elight the O's because they fall before H's ? I am wondering if there is a general rule whether you would leave them, or not, since it is vocative.

Hymen O Hymenaee, Hymen ades O Hymenaee!


Hymen (O) Hymenaee, Hymen ades (O) Hymenaee!
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A Question about my Dog

No, I'm not kidding. ^^

Before I knew anything at all about Latin, I looked up 'friend' in Wheelock's and figured that the name 'friend' in Latin would be Amice (i.e., the vocative). I'm now getting through chapter 3 of Wheelock's and the Awful Truth has reared its head and says, "Girl dog - Amica, Boy dog - Amicus" My dog is female so her name should be Amica, is this correct?
When I call ...
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Primitive

...that my translation is correct. It's probably pretty close. (Latin to English)

Inter fábuás quae nóbís tráditae sunt dé Croesó rége est haec: Croesus, quí maximum régnum et magnam cópiam aurí habébat, nón tamen erat laetus, quod eius fílius vócem nón habébat. Medicós ad sé undique vocábat, sed némó eórum vócem pueró miseró dare poterat. Tandem Croesus ad urbem Delphós íre cónstituit, ut cónsilium ab óráculó rogáret. Ad illum oppidum itinere longó pervénit. Postquam sé ...
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Nothing Lasts

How do you say in Latin "nothing lasts"? I know that nothing it nihil but I don't know how to say lasts.


Cheers,
Deccius
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quick translation needed.

from aeneid 3.278ff:

ergo insperata tandem tellure potiti
lustramurque Iovi votisque incendimus aras,

i'm not sure about the first line. "Therefore, at last we (made/reached) land - more than we had hoped for". The second line's ok i think: "and we purify ourselves for Jupiter and light the altars with our offerings,"

any suggestions for the first line?
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