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Case when referring to books, chapters, etc.


In commentaries, when editors refer the reader to a section in a certain work, they usually abbreviate the words, so I'm wondering what case they are in. Example: "v. Taciti vit. Agricol. c. 4." In long form, is this "vide Taciti vitam Agricolae capite quarto" (title in accusative, location in ablative), or "vide Taciti vitae Agricolae caput quartum" (title in genitive, location in infinitive EDIT: neuter)? What if a section were added on after ...
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"Quote ... end quote" in Latin?


In English, when we read something out loud, we often signal a quoted passage by saying "quote ... end quote." Is there any equivalent in Latin? I.e. how should one indicate quote marks or << >> out loud? Thanks.
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Does this look OK?

LLPSI Exercitium III: Hoc est responsum meum.

Q. Quid fecit Romulus ut novos cives alliceret?

Asylum cuilibet vicinae qui Romam exsistimat proficisendam ostendit.
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how to translate "board games"


I am enrolled in an online spoken latin course, and next week we are expected to speak a short paragraph about what we did over the week.

So I need to translate "board games" into Latin. These would be strategy games like "Risk" or "Settlers of Catan." They use cards and dice but these are historically associated with gambling, so I didn't try that route.

I tried:

ludi in mensa artium imperatoriorum

intending to ...
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Vos tamen cum...

Vos tamen cum viris Romanis in matrimonio eritis, in societate fortunarum omnium et - quo nihil carius est generi humano - liberorum.

Romulus addresses the Sabine women here. A couple of questions:

1) in societate fortunarum omnium would mean something like 'in society of the greatest fortune'.

I've a feeling I asked this before on the site but can't see it - so apologies if I did. ...
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per domos

In Cap XLII of LLPSI Orberg has (from Livy) the following:

Invitati hospitaliter per domos, cum situm moeniaque et frequentia urbis tecta vidissent, mirantur tam brevi rem Romanam crevisse.

What is per domos saying here?

a) received into the homes of the Romans?

b) Looking past the homes at the walls and quantity of buildings?
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Just not getting certain passages

I started Book IV in the Bello Gallico and so far, so good. I ran across the tip somewhere on this board to cover the English translation with a notecard to keep from peeking; I had had trouble with wandering eyes and this has helped a lot in keeping myself focused on the Latin when there's no fear of my vision accidentally going too far right and being sucked in by the nice comfortable English. ...
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damno, the offense and the offender

The grammar escapes me.

Context: Procris after hearing rumors (false) about her husband, suffers from "suspicious mind". Tormented by the rumor, she still doesn't want to believe it.

Metamorphoses, book 7, line 833 f.

indicioque fidem negat et, nisi viderit ipsa,
damnatura sui non est delicta mariti.

she refuses to believe the informer, and unless she has seen
she is not going to believe her husband guilty of the charges.

viderit: ...
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Cum vs. Quum

Quick question for something it's hard to find a ready answer to online, namely the orthographic conventions regarding cum and quum. As far as I can understand from a couple of references, cum was more likely (possibly exclusively) written in Classical Latin. For instance, Allen and Greenough say "u (vowel) after u (consonant) was avoided, writing cum (for quom, very late quum)." In Hale's article "The Art of Reading Latin" (1867), the author ...
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How I bungled a passage

I want to report the problems I had with a passage. Specifying them will help me, and maybe they will help others. Working out these errors was annoying at the beginning, but when I finished I saw the simple, clear meaning. Moreover I had a helpful reminder of some of my weak spots.

Ovid, Metamorphoses, Book VII, line 759 ff.

Carmina Laiades non intellecta priorum
solverat ingeniis, et praecipitata iacebat
immemor ambagum vates obscura suarum; ...
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