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Ecloga VI

I was really rusty with my Latin poetry yesterday so I went over the same material today. Did better than yesterday -- looking at it with fresh eyes helped -- but I'm not sure about ll.11-12:

...nec Phoebo gratior ulla est
quam sibi quae Vari praescripsit pagina nomen.

I think I've got most of this but I can't make sense of "sibi". I'm leaning towards agreement with "Phoebo" -- "Phoebus himself" -- but I would ...
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A Parallel of Greek and Latin Syntax

I just stumbled across this book: https://books.google.com/books?id=E8xFA ... &q&f=false
I'm not sure if it's been mentioned here before but it sets Latin and Greek syntax side by side in columns with example sentences (translated) covering every topic from the case uses to subordinate clauses. I've only skimmed through it but it looks like a great book to browse through for anyone who studies both Latin and Greek.
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inicio and injicio

Are these two forms of the same verb?
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Online: Lysistrata in Latin

Salvete omnes!

My transcription of Richard François Philippe Brunck's (1729-1803) Latin prose version of the Lysistrata by Aristophanes is finally online. There are two editions, however, due to the very strict copyright regulations of Project Gutenberg:

  • Project Gutenberg-version: This version contains the Latin text plus some notes of mine concerning differences between two versions of the text. In addition it features footnotes explaining some of the content which I lifted from an English Project ...
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a hard passage

I was stumped by the passage below, until I read the translation. I will show how many ways I went wrong, and I request any advice on reading such passages. Can anything general be said at all? Or, does one just keep trying, and analyzing mistakes, one after another?

Otium divos rogat in patenti
prensus Aegaeo, simul atra nubes
condidit lunam neque certa fulgent
sidera nautis,

Horace, Odes, 2, 16, first stanza.

Otium divos ...
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Horace, Odes, 2,8: a question of tone

Context: Horace poetically scorches a devastatingly attractive femme fatale (have I got this right?)

ll. 5-8:

. . . sed tu simul obligasti
perfidum votis caput, enitescis
pulchrior multo iuvenumque prodis
publica cura.

My effort at translation:

but you bound yourself with oaths on your lying head
now, you seem more beautiful still
a public guardian of the young.

I read
publica cura
as savagely sarcastic. I guess that Horace means that this enchantress ...
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morphology: passive of consonant stem and capio-group

Dear all,

I have stumbled upon something that has forced me to ask others about a possible answer.
I have studied Latin at university for five years, but I still can't come up with an answer to this question.

It might be my lack of knowledge in Latin morphology....

The passive of mittere is as follows: mittor, mitteris, mittitur, mittimur, mittimini, mittuntur.
The passive of capere is as follows: capior, caperis, capitur, capimur, capimini, capiuntur. ...
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help breaking down a line in vulgate genesis

This is the line
et ait germinet terra herbam virentem et facientem semen et lignum pomiferum faciens fructum iuxta genus suum cuius semen in semet ipso sit super terram et factum est ita

my attempt at a literal translation is
and he said let the earth germinate green plants and that which makes seed, and the fruit bearing tree which makes fruit just as it's species, which can be seed in itself over the earth, ...
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indīco & indĭco

L&S lists both these verbs, viz. indĭcare,avisse,atum, & indīco, indīxisse,indictum.

Does anyone know how (if?) they are related? What is it that can explain the difference in vowel quantity? Are there other examples of this variation?

Thank you.
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Passages for Memorization


I'm teaching a homeschool group using Wheelock - they are younger students, but we've decided to start them slowly with Wheelock, using the workbook and other resources to expand the chapters and spend a lot of time on them.

I'm on something of a "memorize poetry" kick. For my history classes, I'm having students memorize some poem or bits of a longer poem. I'd like to do something similar for Latin. This isn't for ...
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