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Sorry to ask

I am sorry if this is not were i should be posting.

I am trying to translate a phrase form english to latin. I am sure many of you laugh at the simplicity of this but i am new and learning still.
Please excuse my ignorance.

Life and Death = Vita et Mortis

Is this correct, i have a few more i am curious about but not sure if i should put them here or ...
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Stings in the Tail


I am currently studying the works of Martial and I find his order of words rather confusing. I am wondering whether someone can re-order the following epigrams...:

funera post septem nupsit tibi Galla virorum,
Picentine: sequi vult, puto, Galla viros.

Pierios vatis Theodori flamma penates
abstulit. hoc Musis et tibi, Phoebe, placet?
o scelus, o magnum facinus crimenque deorum,
non arsit pariter quod domus et dominus!

Thank you in advance.
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A small plural case ending question

Would, "Diana's arrows are killing the wild beasts of the land,"
be translated as
"Sagittas Dianarum feras terrarum necant"
or as
"Sagittas Dianae feras terrae necant"
and could I have the reason why as well.

Probably the same question but with out the example, does the gentive agree with the nominative or the accustative, which ever the case may be (no pun intended).
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query for the advanced

This is a question for the more advanced in latin:
how do you think of thelatinlibrary.com and Corpus Scriptorum Latinorum, specially on what concerns the Classics?
Are they reliable as copies or have you found many errors in their texts?
I'd like to know about any complains you have about those sources, as I want to compile a latin wordlist containing all the Classical words, and this needs to be as accurate and correct as ...
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A challenge for you.. plus I need help

Hi, I was wondering if anyone can help me. I want to get a tattoo of a cross made up of latin words. So I need a longer word and a shorter word that have the same letter so they can intertwine. One of the words I wanted to use was Fides (faith) for the shorter one so I was looking for about a 7-letter word or a little bit longer with the third letter ...
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A small question

I am completly new to Latin, and I was wondering, for an extremely enthusiastic beginner, which would have the best basics, and I mean basics, for someone willing to dedicate time and effort into the study of the language, which would be the best, well I suppose, 'book' to choose. That is from the selection that is on the "Learn Latin" portion of this site.
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How do we know?

Reading Catullus I've been wondering. He has various sexual swear words/insults, which seem to be quite specific. But how on earth do we know what word goes with what act? Has an ancient sex manual survived? Are there drawings with captions somewhere? Or has a scholiast provided a helpful gloss?
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I know it's a lot to ask but.....

Salvete omnes,

Did I translate this correctly?

Ubi Hannibal puer novem annorum erat, pater eius, nomine Hamilcar, ad Hispaniam multis cum militibus navigare parabat. Multis ante annis Romani Hamilcarem in bello vicerant; ab Carthaginiensibus insulas Siciliam et Sardiniam ceperant. Nunc in animo habebat Hamilcar ad Hispaniam transire et ibi imperium novum condere. In Africa manere nolebat puer Hannibal, itaque patri appropinquavit.
"Pater, pater!" clamavit Hannibal. "Duc me tecum ad Hispaniam! Noli me in Africa cum ...
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NeoLatin Dictionary

Just out of curiosity, has anyone ever published a neoLatin dictionary? I can't imagine many people would buy it, but it'd be an interesting curiosity. The Vatican maybe?
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Catullus 16:13

Vos, quod milia multa basiorum
legistis, male me marem putatis?

Can anyone help me with marem? It doesn't seem to be in my dictionary or in Perseus' Lewis and Short. Or possibly I'm not looking in the right place?

It seems to mean: you, because you read of many thousands of kisses, do you think I'm no ___?
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