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dark rose


I'm helping a friend translate the phrase "dark rose" (dark meaning both dark in color, and dark in mood). That's how he wants to name a painting he made.

So far we found that the words needed are "Rosa" and "Obscurus", but we are not quite sure how to put them together. We know nothing of Latin Grammar.

Can anyone help us?
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Libretto/um cont'd (and help needed)

Here is Epidia Polybius' reply when Julius says "togatae", but I've a problem:

Togatae! Togatae? Togatae! Apellavisti me "togatae", o uxor insolens! Ah! Etiam tu, tu, (confused plural and singular)...

How would I express "confuse sth. with sth. else "; definitely not "confundo... cum..."

Any help would be most appreciated.
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Some help : Newbie

This may seem trivial but I want to write "My first latin book" in latin. Is it right to say : Liber Latini primus meus :?:

I am confused by how to write the latin in this phrase ie. which case to put it in. Is correct to render it in the dative(and is Latini correct)? ie. My book (of) Latin. I have just started a day ...
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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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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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