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Alcibiades latinus

I found a short Latin hypothesis to Plato's dialogue Alicibiades (I) in an old edition of the text by Philip Buttmann (19th c. German classicist) and thought that I'd post it for fun and to advertise the reading group that is just getting under way in the Greek forum:

The late antique grammarian Priscian also translates a number of sentences from the introduction of the dialogue into Latin in order to demonstrate how Latin ...
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'Ab' before consonantal 'u' and 'i'

No, I just don't wanna give up this subject. :-P

What are the usual conventions for "ab" versus "a" before consonantal 'i' or 'u'? My observation has been that "ab" occurrs before words like "Iulio" whereas "a" is placed before "uento," unless I'm mistaken, which I hope I am. But if this was the classical convention, did the Romans pronounce their two semi-vowels differently with respect to ...
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Georgicon Liber 1, lines 77-78

urit enim lini campum seges, urit auenae,
urunt Lethaeo perfusa papauera somno;

I would like translate this as:

"the crop of flax dries out the plain, the oats are drying out,
the poppies, drenched in the slumber of Lethe, are drying out." (I love the poppies drenched in Lethe's sleep.)

I assume this 'drying out' means they are taking that yellowy/golden grain color and are about ready to be harvested, but I don't quite understand ...
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De regulo

(I feel some guilt when I post so many questions to these forums, since it seems that benissimus fields virtually all of them. I certainly don't object to benissimus' rapid and loyal assistance - in fact, I admire and appreciate it immensely - but I hope that he enjoys correcting and advising as much as I enjoy being corrected and advised.)

I am currently working through Regulus, the translation of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's classic work ...
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Quis est...

Hejsan mina goda v�nner!
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letter to my Latin prof

Salvete omnes.

Below you will find a short note that I have included on the back of a postcard for my Latin prof. Though it is now to late to alter it - haec inscripta sunt - I would like to know how I can improve my knowledge of personal letter writing and the diction that usuall accompanies it. From this exercise, I have learned that I don't have a very good knowldge at all ...
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Well then!

So ... well then ... all righty ... now, how do I say any of that in Latin? I still am now aware of a satisfactory Latin word or phrase for the English interjection well or well then.

Italian has allora and Spanish has ahora while French has alors. Obviously those are all vulgarisms and classical Latin must have had something very different — but what?

Gratias ago cuiquam ullam ideam habet.
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help with Aeneid

I know particular questions have been asked and answered here about specific questions, mine is more general. I am preparing to go to Grad school in Classical Archaeology, and due to a "hiatus" in my education it has been about 8 years since I have actually had a course in Latin. I am attempting to translate the Aeneid, which I previously started in school. The only problems I am having is checking my translations.....I believe ...
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looking for latin techers for the new wheelock group

To One and All--
As you may or may not know, we have started a new Wheelock, 6th edition, study group, which has drawn a lot of interest already. We have a Moderator, Benissimus, and Adelheid and myself, Christopher Shelton, are assistants. However, the school year is coming up quickly and we will need help correcting papers.
The material is elementary, for the experienced Latinist certainly: we are barely finished with the second chapter. The ...
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All Apologies

I've used the phrase "Me paenitet" a few times without knowing how it works. "Me" is the first person personal or reflexive pronoun in the accusative or ablative. "Paenitet" is second conjugation, PAI, third person singular. Literally it seems to be:

"It displeases/offends me," or "it is causing me regret." Me is a personal pronoun, accusative. Verus?
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