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Utopia and alea

Hi everyone,

I have practiced Latin a long long time ago and I need your help to find a name for a website I wish to create.

The website will globally be about an utopian world governed by blind chance. So I was thinking about the words utopia and alea, and wanted to find a meaningful name combining the two (or any other similar terms)... But I long forgot how to conjugate words in Latin, ...
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Learning Latin with Audiobooks

I have been very happy with my German progress, mostly centered around listening to audiobooks that I already know in English. So far mostly Tolkien translated to German and various fairy tales.

I'd like to try something similar for Latin. What are good resources? On the Greek forum, mwh once recommended Wilfried Stroh, and he sounds good, but I don't know the Aeneid well. What is available as far as simpler texts with good -- ...
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Translation for a gift!

Hello everyone!

I was wondering if I could get a correct translation for : "This wild heart is yours." in as short a way as possible, maybe "My wild heart you own"?

Would "Fera corda vestra" work?

Thanks in advance, I appreciate any replies.
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unwinding some genitives

Rependitur quippe et compensatur leve damnum delibatae honestatis maiore alia gravioreque in adiuvando amico honestate, minimaque illa labes et quasi lacuna famae munimentis partarum amico utilitatium solidatur.

From Gellius, Attic Nights. Gellius summarizes teachings on the extent to which one may commit wrongs in coming to the aid of a friend in trouble. Above, Gellius quotes Cicero to the effect that it's OK sometimes to commit wrongs if one helps a friend.

I am translating ...
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Subjunctive and Eius

Advertendum secundo, quod matrimonium dicitur per ministros Ecclesiae dispensari, non quidem quantum ad aliquid quod sit de essentia sacramenti: sed quantum ad aliquid accidentale, quod est completivum eius et perfectivum, ut est nubentium benedictio.

I understand 99% of this text but have two questions:
1) why is "sit" used? i.e. why is the subjunctive used here?
2) how does "eius" fit? It doesn't make any sense to me? the accidental is completive (the adj. of ...
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"ipse . . . is" as intensifiers for 1st person

I request a grammar commentary on this point.

The sentence is from Gellius, Attic Nights, Book 1. The historical figure Chilo, nearing death, tells his friend of an action of his that still bothers him: was it right or wrong? On a three panel panel considering capital punishment for a friend, Chilo had decided to vote guilty himself secretly but to persuade the other two jurymen to vote innocent. He had preserved his devotion to ...
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GESTA FRANCORUM - Gerundive in Ablative

Dear all,

Excerpt from Gesta Francorum:

(Quos dux persequens invictus cum Christi militibus septem ex illis occidit, persequendo alios usque ad portam civitatis)

My translation:

= When the invicible Duke pursuing them with army of Christ, he killed seven of them, and (when pursuing) he killed the others near the gate of the town

Persequendo is Gerundive, here it is used in Ablative case - seems strangle, and it is Deponent Verb. I guessed it ...
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Subjective genitive and objective

Hey, I'm trying to crack down on subjective genitive and objective genitive in Latin
I've made a chart, and I'd really appreciate if someone could take a look at it http://imgur.com/a/KVAFx and correct my mistakes.

Here's the sentences I'm having difficulty translating:
3rd person:
subjective genitive - Marcus loves his love
subjective objective - Marcus loves his love

3rd person reflexive:
subjective genitive ...
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subjunctive substituted for imperative

I have seen examples where the subjunctive in the second and third person is used in both the affirmative and negative sense to make a more 'polite' order or request but isn't this construction more commonly found in medieval Latin?
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Latin metre

I'm reading West's Introduction to Greek Metre. Is there anything comparable for Latin poetry?
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