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Modern phrase in Latin

Hi, I've been trying to get a particular modern phrase into Latin for a little while now and I find myself struggling. I'm just learning as I go and I doubt I'll ever be truly proficient at this. I end up second guessing myself wondering if I have the right tense and endings, or even the most correct wording.

The phrase in question is "Always have a saying" and the closest I've managed to get ...
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Horace, Odes, Book 3, No. 25

I submit this for review. I am, like the sorcerer's apprentice, using tools I haven't mastered. There are so many ways that I might have gone wrong, or have turned an easy problem into a difficult one, that I need expert commentary.

The context is the expression of awe at the power of Bacchus. The passage starts in the fourth stanza:

o Naiadum potens
Baccharumque valentium
proceras manibus vertere fraxinos,

nil parvum aut humili ...
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isthic esse = il y a, es gibt, hay, there are...?


I am reading some of Erasmus's letters, and I came across an interesting expression that I do not feel like I've seen before in Latin. In Epistle 1274 (Allen, Vol. 5), Erasmus writes:

Sed utinam mihi liceat coram tuis amicissimis monitis erudiri, et ad exactissimi iudicii tui regulam attemperare stilum! Miror isthic esse aut adeo stultos aut tam impudenter mendaces, qui me praedicent fautorem esse Luthero.

My interpretation of the key part: I am ...
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Learning to Speak Latin

For those who have become even somewhat adept at speaking and composing in Latin, what materials and methods do you recommend?

I know it requires diligence and patience, and I'm willing to put in the time. I have 1.5 years of university Latin, have been listening to Adler and Comenius, reading the vulgate (out loud), and I even try to speak to myself using Latin throughout the day.

Any additional help regarding method or material ...
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simple sentence translation

I am trying to translate a simple sentence but it does not look right, as if something is missing: Laeta, Agamemnon, te video.
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Hor. Od. 3.16


Horace declares that a modest income is more to be desired than great wealth.

purae rivos aquae silvaque iugerum
paucorum et segetis certa fides meae
fulgentem imperio fertilis Africae
fallit sorte beatior.

I could not untangle the grammar until I looked at some translations, and read some of the article on "fallo" in Lewis and Short. Below is my effort at translation, and my effort to clarify the grammar points that were ...
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Found at PG: Cicero's Letters to Atticus


I noticed that Cicero's Letters to Atticus (or at least 2/3 of these) are available at Project Gutenberg in bilingual (Latin-English) editions:

It is a good sign that the Distributed Proofreading-team also works on Latin projects.


Carolus Raeticus
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Ovid extract from Orberg Cap XLIV

I'm having a little difficulty with these lines from the excerpt from Ovid's Fasti. (libro VI) in Orberg's LLPSI Cap XLIV

"Quid iuvat esse pares — te nostrae caede sororis,
meque tui fratris — si pia vita placet?
Vivere debuerant et vir meus et tua coniunx,
si nullum ausuri maius eramus opus…"

What use is it to each us, to you by the death of asister
and to me of a brother - if a ...
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Vergil's Aeneid

I'm almost through Pro Archia (no doubt Cicero's most enjoyable speech so far) and then, at long last, I can start reading the Aeneid. Its first six books constitute the final part of Henle. Afterwards, I'll just read on I guess. We'll see.

The first question, as always, is about what materials/ commentaries to use. I have Page's Victorian commentary and Henle of course, so I think I have enough help with difficult grammar and ...
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infinitive in chapter 8 fabellae latina

I am not really sure about this passage
it is from chapter 8 of orberg's fabellae latina, Speculum Aemilia
Ancillae, quae dominam suam vocare audiunt,..

is it safe to render this passage as
The servants, who hear that their mistress is calling...

that vocare is infinitive? because until this chapter, infinitive and its usage has not been introduce yet.
can we treat Latin infinitive the same as the Greek one, that this is a 'that'-clause ...
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