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Justus Lipsius Hieronymo Mercuriali


Justus Lipsius on his leaving Leiden for Germany where he returned to the Catholic Church:
Nam ego me abduxi a locis, in quibus vixi hactenus, et transtuli in Germaniam ad loca puriora. Puto me capis. atque occasio erit non solum saepius inter nos scribendi, sed etiam liberius, remoto omni metu illo suspicionum, quae me frustra premebant.

While it seems to mean "I think you understand me", I do not see how puto me capis ...
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Calepinus Septem Linguarum (1778)

This is yet another post about a monolingual dictionary.

In another thread, I mentioned four monolingual dictionaries that I found interesting, namely: Estienne's Thesaurus, Gesner's revision of the same, Forcellini's Totius Latinitatis Lexicon, and Wagner's Lexicon Latinum. One user also mentioned Comenius's Lexicon Atriale, which I might have added. I purposely left out Calepinus's Dictionarium because I thought at the time that it was too primitive to be very useful compared to modern dictionaries. That ...
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J. M. Gesner's Novus Thesaurus Linguae Latinae

On another thread, there has been some discussion regarding monolingual dictionaries. Having come across the CAMENA project, where a good part of Gesner's 1749 revision of Estienne's famous Thesaurus has been transcribed, I thought it would be worth a try to see if volunteers would help complete it. So I have collated the CAMENA text with the page images over at Wikisource:

Anyone may contribute as little or as much as desired, but if ...
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Ecloga III

First off:

Lines 3-4. Menaclas remarks that Damoetas is inattentive and incompetant with the herd:

ipse Neaeram
dum fouet ac ne me sibi praeferat illa ueretur

("(Damoetas) himself, while he fondles Neaera and fears that she prefers me to him, (makes blunders with the flock)." Do I have this right? I'm unclear whether "ipse" refers to Damoetas or Aegon, the owner of the herd (which reminds me of another question: did Aegon give Damoetas the ...
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special class of verbs

There is a class of verbs active in form but passive in meaning(opposite the deponent verbs); does this class have a special name and where can I find a list of these? Thanks.
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Help to translate

Dear all,

I got trouble with this below sentence, it is from story of Regulus:

Ille Romam cum venisset, inductus in senatum, nihil quasi Romanus egit, dixitque, se ex ilia die, qua in potestatem Afrorum venisset, Romanum esse desiisse.

I got confused cause there're so many pronouns and also the confused meaning of nihil - nothing

Please kindly help me a little bit

Sincerely yours,

Huynh Trong Khanh
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Latin Beginner/Children Audiobooks?

Hi, everyone.

I'm absolutely terrible at understanding spoken/oral Latin. I found sites like Librivox.com with decent recordings of Vergil, Ovid, and others read in Classical or Ecclesiastical pronunciation; however, these are too advanced for me. Even hearing the Biblia Sacra is too hard. :(

Does anyone know of any beginner/children's audiobooks (preferably read only in Latin--I'm going for that total Latin immersion fluency) or something that people ...
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I was reading M.R. James' short story "Oh Whistle And I'll Come To You, My Lad"; recently I've been rereading him to see if I could make sense of the Latin he occasionally drops into his ghost stories. In this particular story the protagonist finds an old whistle in the ruins of an abbey and finds, upon returning to his hotel and examining it, the inscription


(With "quis est iste qui ...
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Monolingual Latin Dictionary

As many of you know, there is currently no monolingual Latin dictionary in print.

Among those out of print, there are the following:

- Robert Étienne's Thesaurus
- Gesner's Novus Thesaurus
- Forcellini's Totius Latinitatis Lexicon
- Wagner's Lexicon Latinum

Wagner is more of phrasebook than a dictionary, and it may not qualify as monolingual since all the editions I've seen include translations into another language, usually German or French.

Forcellini's is simply too big ...
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New online: Pericla Navarchi Magonis (novel)

Salvete omnes!

I am proud to announce that my transcription of the adventure novel Pericla Navarchi Magonis sive Expeditio Phoenicia Annis Ante Christum Mille (novel by Léon Cahun, Latin translation by Arcadius Avellanus) is now online. I donated it to Project Gutenberg to ensure its continued existence on the Web.

Even more so than Mysterium Arcae Boulé, another Latin translation by Arcadius Avellanus, this book provides a wonderful opportunity to experience a side of Latin ...
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