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quibuscum gerunt bellum = wage war with, or against?

I'm reading through Caesar and wasn't sure how to interpret this:

...

quibuscum gerunt bellum continenter.
(..with whom they wage war continuously.)

Should "wage war with" be taken to mean against, or does it mean "wage war in union with the Germans, (ie together against other tribes)? I presume the former, but the latter could be implied by the English translation.
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Latin prose composition!

Yes, three very magic words formed my title!

Seeing as the "Latin prose composition" forum is controlled by a moderator and a moderator only, I imagine this is still the place to suggest little prose comp exercises.
What I thought I would do was choose, at random, an article from the greatest British paper (which, naturally, is The Independent, but please don't make a post saying how your hold The Times or The Guardian or ...
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Ovid Latin reader

I just received in the mail today Allen and Greenough's Ovid reader.

What would forum members like to see first: Virgil or Ovid? Both readers are about the same size and each comes with the typical notes and specialized vocabulary.


Jeff
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coepi vs incepi

In Wheelock, we are told that coepi, -isse etc is used in the perfect system only, and incipio is used for present. Fair enough. When, though, is incepi correct, and when coepi? Or are they equivalent?
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dum pastores greges eorum nocte advigilabant :)

It's the silly season..... why not...

Music...
tintinnabuli neniae
latus tenebrosum lunae
estne in Marte vita?
feriae aestivae

Books...
scalae undequadraginta
viri ex Marte, feminae ex Venere sunt
homines tres in cymba
fabula urbium duorum
and of course:
occasus et casus imperii Romani :)

And of course, being from Wellington, I have to include:
Dominus anulorum: reditus regis

Anyone else?
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titles

Stupid question I'm sure:

is a title of a book always in the ablative absolute, because there is no further connection to the sentence (in the obvious absence of a sentence)? or is it just that because a lot of titles start with 'de' that they are in the ablative?
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plenus

According to my helpful grammar the word 'plenus' is accompanied with an ablative or a genitive.

Which is used when?
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strange inflection

I came upon this sentence recently in an old text-book:
Ariadne identidem querebatur Thesea pollicitum esse se fidelem futurum esse.
Now, am I being dense? "Ariadne kept on complaining that 'Thesea' had promised he would be faithful." That is my translation - but why does 'Thesea' end in an A? I know it's a Greek name, but it should be masculine accusative, and I don't think Greek nouns ending in EUS have an accusative A ...
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ooh...creem...

Well, at 3:30 am last "night" I was on an exercise rampage. Then I came across something strange, due to an understandable yet now corrected mistake.

Let's see if Allen and Greenfluff can answer this: what is the present 1st person singular subjunctive of "creare"?

Surely it can't be creem? I know that it would be pronounced "creh-em" but such an elegant language should not hold such childish subjunctivses.

Ponder that thought, or "fieri potest ...
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question

What are quaestiones obliquas and verba constantia?

thank you.
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