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sui, yet again

Note to readers: this is a trial effort. I'm posting it to see if any of it is correct!

Boethius, Consolation..., Book 2, Prosa VI

The context is a philosophical argument: Philosophia teaches that office and official power are not good in themselves. For in fact, we see that evil men often hold official power. If offices were good in themselves by nature, then they wouldn't be possessed by bad men.

Ita cum pessimos plerumque ...
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"Iri" is the passive infinitive of "ire". What exactly does this mean, and how can it be used? I've had a hard time with the concept of a passive "to go", and Wheelock's didn't mention it at all save for supplying "itum" in the principal parts of "eo", and with forming the future passive infinitive, but it came up in my reading today. I was able to understand the sense of the clause without knowing ...
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Nomen dei Vulcani

Vulcanus erat deus ignis Romanorum. Vide https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurdal%C3%A6gon , ubi dicitur nomen "Vulcanus" venisse de Indoeuropeano Commune verbo wlqwos, id est "lupus", ignis nam vorat ut lupus.

Et vide verbum "ulces" (Anglice ulcer), ulcus vorat ut lupus.
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Orberg XLIII LnLn 42-48

Interim Tullus ferox, praecipue morte regis, nocte praeteritis hostium castris infesto exercitu in agrum Albanum pergit. Ea res ab stativis excivit Mettium. Ducit quam proxime ad hostem potest. Inde legatum praemissum nuntiare Tullo iubet, 'priusquam dimicent, opus esse colloquio; se aliquid allaturum esse quod non minus ad rem Romanam quam ad Albanam pertineat.'

In the meantime Tullos, emboldened by the death of the king, during the night-time avoiding the camps of the enemy, entered Alban ...
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cum Romani ab Alba orti essent

Here's a funny thing...

Haec nuntiant domum Albani. Et bellum utrimque omnibus viribus parabatur, civili bello simillimum, prope inter parentes natosque, cum Romani ab Alba orti essent.

My translation:

They announced this back on Alban soil. And the war was prepared by each side with all strength, most like a civil war, almost between parents and their sons, when the Romans arose up from Alba.

This latter clause '...when the 'Romans arose from Alba' alludes ...
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Haec nuntiant domum Albani

Tullus "Nuntiate" inquit "regi vestro regem Romanum deos facere testes uter prius populus legatos res repetentes superbe dimiserit, ut in eum omnes huius belli clades vertant!"

Haec nuntiant domum Albani.

Albani Legati nuntiant regi suo id quod Tullus dictum erat? (?)

Cur nuntiant + accusativus ?

I'm guessing it has a sense of bringing news back to their territory...
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Question from Orberg LLPSI Cap XLIII

..Tullus "Nuntiate" inquit "regi vestro regem Romanum deos facere testes uter prius populus legatos res repetentes superbe dimiserit, ut in eum omnes huius belli clades vertant!"

Tullus said: 'Tell your king that the Roman king, the gods having been madde his witnesses, (uter: whether?) the people should first dismiss the legates proudly seeking redress, even if (ut) in him all of their wars turn to defeats.

I can't really figure out the role ...
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New versions of Meissner's Latin Phrase Book

Salvete omnes,

a Happy New Year to everyone on Textkit!

I uploaded new versions of the PDF- and text-versions (the latter of the input file used for creating the formatted version) of Meissner's Latin Phrase-Book on my web-site. I made another proofreading run and found quite a few errors.

Believe me if I say that I was very diligent when proofreading these before this latest (and last) proofreading run. But after doing several proofreading projects ...
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3 questions from Orberg LLPSI XLIII

1. Ab legatis Albanis segnius res acta est.

Nonne est Segnius adverbum comparativum? (segniter, segnius, segnissime)

2. Ab legatis Albanis segnius res acta est. Excepti ab Tullo blande ac benigne, libenter regis convivio intersunt.

Excepti ? Legati Albani absimiles Legatis Romanis sunt? Legati Albani blande ac benigne, libenter regis convivio…?

3. Interim Romani et res repetiverant priores et neganti regi Albano bellum in tricesimum diem indixerant. Haec renuntiant Tullo.

Romani priores (ante-Albani?) ...
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Odd adjective noun agreement

Hey guys, it's winter break for me right now, and I'm doing some Latin translations to sharpen my skills for the upcoming semester. Usually Wheelock's answers all my questions for me, but not this time.

In the sentence: Sumus sapientores illis, quod nos naturam esse optimam ducem scimus.

(Working translation: we are wiser than them, because we know nature is the best leader)

Can the ablative be used sans prepositions to work as a comparison? ...
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