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In Catilinam 1.1

I've read the first two -- what do you call the divisions? They contain more than one sentence, so you can't call them sentences, but they're too short to be called sections or chapters -- divisions in In Catilinam and so far, so good (the third looks to be a bit trickier but we'll cross that bridge when we get there).

But in this sentence (context: Cicero is ranting and raving at Catiline):

Nihilne te ...
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in qua exempli gratia

In Orberg LLPSI Cap XLIII some text by Cicero on the story of the Horatii is introduced. It's from De Inventione.

The introductory comments by Orberg are:

Cicero adulescens artem oratoriam scripsit 'De inventione', id est de inveniendis argumentis, in qua exempli gratia causam Horatii attulit:...

Cicero as an adolescent wrote the art of oratory 'De Inventione', it concerns arguments that are useful, in which, as an example, the case of the Horatii is discussed. ...
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Tunc adeo fractus

Took me a while to understand the part in italics (assuming I do understand it!). It's Orberg LLPSI XLIII adapted Livy and it explains how Tullus got religion and instilled it into his people. I found the underlined phrase tricky - partly because it's so easy to get the wrong end of the stick in Latin.

Tunc adeo fractus simul cum corpore est animus ille ferox, ut qui antea nihil minus regium ratus esset quam ...
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Devictis Sabinis


Devictis Sabinis, cum in magna gloria magnisque opibus regnum Tulli ac tota res Romana esset, nuntiatum regi patribusque est 'in monte Albano lapides de caelo cecidisse.' Etiam vox ingens ex summo monte audita Albanos monuisse dicitur 'ut patrio ritu sacra facerent.' Nam, velut dis quoque simul cum patria relictis, Albani aut Romana sacra susceperant aut fortunae irati cultum reliquerant deorum. ...
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Evangeline before Virgil

I have a way to go with LLPSI before I'll be ready for Virgil. Since the hexameter of Virgil (or Homer, for that matter) takes some getting used to for a native english speaker, I've begun using Longfellow's Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie, the most widely read english epic in dactylic hexameter, as a training aid. Has anyone else used Evangeline to train his or her ear to poetic hexameter?
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I Tatti Library

Does anyone have any idea how difficult Renaissance Latin is?

Harvard's I Tatti library publish a lot of this (much of it for the first time in modern times I believe).

See http://www.hup.harvard.edu/results-list.php?collection=1145.
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Principes Albanorum in patres legit

This from Orberg Cap XLIII describes how the Alabani contributed to the senate:

Principes Albanorum in patres legit, ut ea quoque pars rei publicae cresceret, et senatui ita ab se aucto curiam aedificavit, quae 'curia Hostilia' usque ad patrum nostrorum aetatem appellata est.

He appointed the Albani leaders to the senate, in order to increase that part of the state, and onto the senate, increased by him in this way, he built the Curia ...
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conspectus aliorum renovabat lacrimas

From Orberg LLPSI Cap XLIII

Iam continens agmen migrantium impleverat vias, et conspectus aliorum renovabat lacrimas, vocesque etiam miserabiles exaudiebantur, mulierum praecipue, cum templa augusta ab armatis occupata praeterirent ac velut captos relinquerent deos.

Already an unbroken line of refugees had filled the streets, and the sight of others renewed the weeping, and indeed pitiable cries could be heard, mostly of women, when they passed by the venerable temple, taken by armed men, and given ...
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lost the point of view in an indirect discourse passage

Suetonius, Divus Iulius, 17

Context: In the controversy following the rout of Catiline, informers are suggesting that Julius Caesar himself
was one of the conspirators. Caesar needs to squelch this incipient McCarthyism.

id uero Caesar nullo modo tolerandum existimans, cum inplorato Ciceronis testimonio quaedam se de coniuratione ultro ad eum detulisse docuisset, ne Curio praemia darentur effecit;

Caesar, thinking this must not be endured, when he implored Cicero for his testimony that ...
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Quae ubi intravere portas

Orberg (from Livy) is describing the unusual mood of the Albani when their city is occupied by the Romans. I't seems that down to flammaeque miscet, the description is of what one would normally expect in a captured city. But 'sed silentium....' is what's different about the Albani city. I'm sure that at best my translation is inelegant. But is it accurate?

Quae ubi intravere portas, non quidem fuit tumultus ille nec pavor qualis captarum ...
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