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Epitaph for a pet.

Hi. I've been trying to write a little 'farewell' to a four-legged friend, but I'm a beginner (only about halfway through my 'teach yourself' book, and I'm sure there are errors. If anyone could spare a moment to help me fix the mistakes (or even phrase it a bit more elegantly) I'd be grateful. Here it is:

Hodie mane Iacobus mortuus est.

Vale parve amice, felibus optime omnium!
Socius bonus eras et amicus mihi melior ...
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Scanning a verse by Plautus

Hello all,

This is not a simple question, as it scholars don`t stop arguing about the meter in Plautus. Nevertheless, it is known the basic: the verse is a iambic senarius. The last word contains a perfect iamb. But what about the rest?

Here it goes:

Pauci sint faxim qui sciant quod nesciunt.

In other words, the question I entreaty you to answer is: are the sciant and the last syllables of nesciunt the only ...
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esse urbium solet - Roma Aeterna XLIII Line 271

Quae ubi intravere portas, non quidem fuit tumultus ille nec pavor qualis captarum esse urbium solet....When they entered the gates, there was not, indeed, that uproar and terror as is typical of captured cites.

What is esse doing in this sentence? Solet seems to be able to do the job by itself.
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Spoken Latin on the Washington Post

It's the Washington Post's second report on Spoken Latin in about a week, which is both surprising and (for me) good news, insofar as it can contribute to making the practise somewhat more mainstream.

Spoken Latin: A modern remedy for the nation’s age-old reading problems?

Some people still speak Latin. What if U.S. presidents did?
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coitu femineo

The Levitical prohibitions against male-on-male sexual intercourse are usually translated in such a way as to suggest that it is the active, rather than the passive, partner who is addressed or being spoken about, e.g.:

You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. (Lev. 18.22 RSV)

If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put ...
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What is the difference between sempiternam and aeternam

These words I came across in hymns like "Requiem" and "Pie Jesu" and so on. Sometimes I saw "dona eis requiem, sempiternam" and sometimes "dona eis requiem aeternam". Are there any difference between the two words? So far as I have seen, it seems the same, both the meaning and the usage. Am I right?
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Janua Linguarum Latin-Greek transcription online

Hello all. I've been transcribing Comenius' Janua Linguarum Reserata in an edition with a parallel Greek translation by Theodor Simon.

See this page for the pertinent files:
  • A PDF of the transcribed text, hopperized (i.e. with links added to Perseus word lookups).
  • The Word file, latest revision.
  • Some notes on useful Greek and English editions of the Janua.
  • The Word macro used to add the Perseus links to the text. ...
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Cicero, de natura deorum, help needed on sentence

context: Cicero wants to examine the main philosophical doctrines dealing with the nature of the gods.

"Sed iam, ut omni me invidia liberem, ponam in medio sententias philosophorum de natura deorum."

my translation: in order to free myself from captious criticism, I place before the public the doctrines of the the philsophers concerning the nature of the gods.

My trouble starts here:

"Quo quidem loco convocandi omnes videntur qui quae sit earum vera iudicent...."

In ...
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aliquot, nonnulli, quidam -> Nominative or genitive


Can anyone should some light on the usue of 'aliquot', 'nonnulli', 'quidam' and 'aliqui'.

Allen and Greenough's is not entirely clear if these take the nominative or the genitive.

For example, taking the English sentence "I see some women"...

Would the Latin be rendered:

Aliquot feminae video
Nonnullae feminae video
Feminae quaedam video (or quaedam feminae??)
Aliquae feminae video
Or rather with the genitive?

Aliquot feminarum video
Nonnullae feminarum video
Quaedam feminarum video ...
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Something found in the "Praeco Latinus"


While perusing the Praeco Latinus I stumbled upon this Latin story which I wanted to share with you:

H.A.S. wrote:Origo Nicotianae (Fabula Arabum)
Propheta aliquando in agro ambulans serpentem invenit frigore paene exstinctum. Quem misericordia commotus sustulit et focillavit.
Quum iam serpens animum recepisset, dixit: "Dive propheta, scito quod te nunc mordebo."
"Eccur?" quaerit Mohammed.
"Quia genus tuum hoc meum persequitur et exstirpare conatur."
"Nonne etiam genus tuum," inquit propheta, "adversus meum quotidie bellum ...
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