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Latin verse

How many people nowadays learn how to write Latin verse, and suchlike? I work from this book:-

Latin Hexameter Verse
by Samuel Edward Wilbolt
First published 1903
ISBN 0-8240-2982-8

It has pages i to xiv and 1 to 266
As regards the quality of Latin hexameter verse written down the centuries, for example, http://www.ancienttexts.org/library/latinlibrary/scacchia.html
is a poem written by Hieronymus Vida in 1559 about chess.
See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ca%C3%AFssa.

For example, these lines

Tum geminae velut ...
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quem primum

Orberg : LLPSI Cap XLIV. Rex maiores interrogat:

Confestim rex his ferme verbis patres consulebat: "De iis rebus quas legatus populi Romani Quiritium a Latinis repetivit, quas res nec dederunt nec solverunt nec fecerunt, quas res dari, solvi, fieri oportuit, dic" inquit ei quem primum sententiam rogabat. "quid censes?"

Two questions:

1) Are dederunt, solverunt, fecerunt used here for effect ? They all appear to mean roughly the same thing. 'our land is not given, ...
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Personal pronouns in the vocative

In Orberg LLPSI Cap. XLIV the legate who is sent to demand satisfaction from the Latini: is qui fines legatus, ad res repetendas, Latinis dicit: "Audi, Iuppiter, et tu, Iane Quirine, dique omnes caelestes vosque terrestres vosque inferni, audite: ego vos testor populum iniustum esse neque ius persolvere!"

I'm not sure about a couple of things:

1) My sense of this is that he is directly addressing every authority in sight - covering all the ...
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Cross-post: "Please HELP! Ilias, Odyssea et al."


I am creating public domain versions of Latin translations of "Homer"'s works for Project Gutenberg. I have transcribed and proofread the Latin text of:

- Ilias
- Odyssea
- Ranarum et Murium Pugna
- Hymni vel Exordia
- Epigrammata

I need help to decide whether in some instances there is a typo in the original text, and if yes, whether I am correctly guessing the answer.

I have posted the actual questions on the ...
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Differentiating male and female Dat. and Abl


My understanding is that with Filius/Filia (Son/Daughter) the use of 'Filiabus' is used in the dative and ablative plural to differentiate it from the masculine 'filiis'.

However what happens to other nouns like Discipulus/Discipula? For both of these the dative and ablative plural is discipulis For example a sentence such as "discipulis pecuniam do"; how do you know if the students are male or female? :? ...
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Material on common patterns for forming verbal stems

I'm wondering if anyone has references discussing common phonological patterns for forming the present, perfect, participate stems, etc., in Latin, not unlike those that show how Greek πραγ- becomes πραττ- in the present stem; and the phonological process that have developed them into the fused forms by the classical period.
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Tacitus, Agric., ch.32

Context: Briton leader Calgacus gives troops a spirit speech on eve of battle with Romans.

An eandem Romanis in bello virtutem quam in pace lasciviam adesse creditis? nostris illi dissensionibus ac discordiis clari vitia hostium in gloriam exercitus sui vertunt;

I had trouble with this passage:

nostris illi dissensionibus ac discordiis clari vitia hostium in gloriam exercitus sui vertunt;

Translation: Because of our quarrels and feuds, they outstanding the renown of their army ...
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Etiam si puellae cupiditate fere consumebatur, cet.


I'm reading these days some stories from 'Fabulae Syrae', a book written by Luigi Miraglia. Today I found this locum, which I couldn't understand well enough. I tried to render it in (into?) English, in order to ask you this question, but my writing skills are so bad that I wanted to cry.

It says: "Daphne, filia Penei, qui deus cuiusdam fluminis erat, primus amor fuit Apollinis; qui tamen, etiam si puellae cupiditate fere ...
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Latin Astrological Terms

I'm trying to put together a list of Latin terms that were used in astrology. Some have been easy to find--the classic names for each House of the Zodiac are in Latin (e.g. the House of Self is "Vita", the House of Relationships is "Uxor")--but I can't find the others (e.g. the term for "House" itself, which are the divisions of the Zodiac into areas of rulership: I'm not sure "Doma" is appropriate here).

Does ...
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Prefix spelling normalizations?

In a wide variety of texts, I stumble across variations in prefixes:

irrumpit or inrumpit
(Caesar Bello Gallico, Book V, Ch 44 ; Livy, Ab Urbe Condita, Book I, Ch 14 )

and elsewhere:

irrupta and inrumpit inrumpunt inrumpentem
(Horace, Odes, I.13 , Aeneid: IV 640, VI 528; IX, 729 )

and one finds other variations:

adferebantur and affertur
(Caesar Bello Gallico, Book II, Ch.1 , Catullus LXXXIV, 9 )

I'm ...
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