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Ovid Ars Amatoria Liber I

From Ars Amatoria, this simple sentence:

"vir male dissumulat, tectius illa cupit."

The role of "tectius" here I find confusing. "tectius" is a NEUTER comparative adjective of tectus, NOM or ACC case. What is it modifying? Seems like it should be "illa", but the gender is wrong.

I'm pretty sure the sentence means something like

"The man pretends badly, the woman hides her desires"

What's the deal here?
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Pronunciation help.

All I need is to know how to pronounce "aestuo" it means to burn with passion or something along those lines. Tell me in terms such as "ice2o" i think thats something close to it but im not sure, thanks.
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Plural Rules

I am learning latin and in the *very* first stages heh. I have hit plurals and am a little confused, all i have is:
"Nouns that end in -a in the singular end is -ae in the plural"
What about nouns that don't end in -a? Or arn't their any?

Thanks for any help :)
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re: Latin vowels (hidden quantity)

Forum:

My serious study (via personal time) of Classical Latin is in its 5th month. Aside from the basic rules of long vowels, diphthongs, and short vowels my grandest curiosity is the so-called "hidden quantity" of vowels. Can anyone recommend audio recordings that express these various quantities?

Sincerely,

Caeruleus
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"only" as adj or adv? (+ imperative # and word ord

I only teach elementary Latin, so I haven't run across good examples of these issues yet.

I'm trying to translate the phrase "Drink only good wines" into Latin, but I'm perplexed over the "only."

In this sentence, would it be an adverb or an adjective (tantum or solus -a -um).

Secondarily, should I make the imperative "drink" singular (bibe) or plural (bibete)? What would the true classicist do?

Lastly, what about word order on a ...
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Quae?

I know this is probably a stupid question, but in this sentence: "Quae pars orationis est 'serenas'?" why is the word Quae instead of Quid? And I thought the signal "ae" was either first declension nominative plural or first declension genetive and dative singular.

Our text book (Artes Latinae) says the above sentence means, "What part of speach is the word serenas?"

Thanks!
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latin accent in golden age: pitch or stress?

hi guys,

i've read in several places that latin might have had a pitch accent rather than a stress accent in the golden age. varro talks about the "pitch" (altitudo) rather than the stress of the accent (De Lingua Latina, 210, 10-16, GS).

i know that later on, latin like greek definitely had a stress accent. but what's the evidence for the pronunciation of the accent as stress in the golden age?

i'd like to ...
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It might be a coincidence but...

Is this a coincidence or have I discovered a fun philological tid bit? In the nominative case, quae is plural neuter and feminine singular. In the nominative case, haec is plural neuter and feminine singular. I would like to include ea and illa too, but almost all neuter plurals in the nominative end in a.

Whether it is an unexplainable coincidence or not, it at least helps me remember the pronouns ...
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Locutio.com - Latin expressions & quotations (French sit


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:!: Check out their page of palindromes!
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Problems with Catullus VIII

I've decided to translate this for my final. It doesn't seem that hard but I am finding some areas confusing...


MISER Catulle, desinas ineptire,
et quod uides perisse perditum ducas.
fulsere quondam candidi tibi soles,
cum uentitabas quo puella ducebat
amata nobis quantum amabitur nulla. 5
ibi illa multa cum iocosa fiebant,
quae tu uolebas nec puella nolebat,
fulsere uere candidi tibi soles.
nunc iam illa non uult: tu quoque impotens noli,
nec quae ...
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