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Nutting's De America

I've often seen Nutting's De America mentioned as an easy Latin reader, yet I've never been able to find the text on-line. I wanted to print it out or buy an old used copy- which I've never seen for sale (not an audiobook which I know is available). Anyone know of a way to find this item?
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participle phrase or absolute?

I have been translating a story with several ablative absolute phrases but I noticed that if I used a participle phrase the translation still seemed to work. Does this change significantly the original context of the Latin sentence?
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Horace, Odes, 3, 4, starting a line 65

Horace draws a moral point from some tales he has summarized or alluded to.

This is the text as rendered in Perseus.

Vis consili expers mole ruit sua;
vim temperatam di quoque provehunt
in maius; idem odere viris
omne nefas animo moventis.



Here's how I read the first two clauses: Force without judgment collapses of its own weight; force under direction the gods make even greater. . . .

But the last clause, even though ...
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loco cedere alicui

Could it be that there is any object in this construction? As I understand it, litterally reading, it says

"to withdraw from a place in favor of someone"

and thus

"to give place to someone"

So, I read an ablative proper and a dative of interest denoting the person in advantage of which something is done. Am I right?
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Pro Archia

Some questions about the opening lines of Cicero's Pro Archia:

Si quid est in me ingeni, iudices, quod sentio quam sit exiguum, aut si qua exercitatio dicendi, in qua me non infitior mediocriter esse versatum, aut si huiusce rei ratio aliqua ab optimarum artium studiis ac disciplina profecta, a qua ego nullum confiteor aetatis meae tempus abhorruisse, earum rerum omnium vel in primis hic A. Licinius fructum a me repetere prope suo iure debet.

-What ...
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Online: Plato's Crito (in Latin)

Salvete,

my transcription of a Latin translation (by Marsilius Ficinus) of Plato's Crito is now online. It can be downloaded from its Project Gutenberg-page.

Valete,

Carolus Raeticus
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Praeterquum?

Valete,

I am currently putting the finishing touch to my transcription of Plato's Crito. One small question:

Plato wrote:Et primum quidem ille tunc in judicium ingressus, cum liceret non ingredi; deinde concertatio ipsa judicii similiter acta; et extremus hic finis, tanquam ridiculum quiddam, per ignaviam segnitiemque nostram effugisse nos videbitur, quod nec nos te servaverimus, neque tu ipse te, cum id fieri absque magna difficultate potuerit, si vel parum in nobis usus industriæque fuisset. Hæc ...
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Learning Latin the Ancient Way

You may be interested in this article from the Guardian. Professor Eleanor Dickey (Reading University) has produced a collection of phrases books for Greek (?) learners of Latin in the 2nd to 6th century.
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/feb/10/ancient-greek-manuscripts-reveal-life-lessons-from-the-roman-empire

For the those who crave the revival of the ancient way of learning languages this looks like it fits the bill:

http://readingancientschoolroom.com/
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Some more from Orberg XLIV

Fit fuga regis comitum. Ipse prope exsanguis, cum sine regio comitatu domum se reciperet, ab iis qui missi ab Tarquinio fugientem consecuti erant interficitur. Creditur — quia non abhorret a cetero scelere — admonitu Tulliae id factum. Carpento certe (id quod satis constat) in forum invecta evocavit virum e Curia 'regem'que prima appellavit. Ex tanto tumultu cum se domum reciperet pervenissetque ad summum Cyprium vicum , restitit pavidus is qui iumenta agebat iacentemque dominae Servium ...
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Rule of St. Benedict

Reading through the Rule of St. Benedict, I came across a construction that seems to pair ut with the infinitive to express purpose, which I hadn't seen before. The passage reads:

Ergo, cum aliquis suscipit nomen abbatis, duplici debet doctrina suis præesse discipulis, id est omnia bona et sancta factis amplius quam verbis ostendat, ut capacibus discipulis mandata Domini verbis proponere, duris corde vero et simplicioribus factis suis divina præcepta monstrare.

The English translation reads, ...
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