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Project Gutenberg: Vitruvius, De Architectura


I noticed that there is a "new" Latin e-book at Project Gutenberg: De Architectura Libri Decem by Vitruvius Pollio. It looks quite good, certainly an alternative to the LatinLibrary-version.


Carolus Raeticus
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Aeneid 3

Dardanidae duri, quae vos a stirpe parentum
prima tulit tellus, eadem vos ubere laeto
accipiet reduces. Antiquam exquirite matrem.

The Trojans were originally from Italy then? How so?
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noun/adjective agreement

If two or more nouns of different genders are modified by the same adjective, which gender is the adjective? Surprisingly, I have not encountered this yet in my study of Latin.
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Hor. Epod. 2, the voice(s) of the poem

context: Because Epode 2 appears to praise the simple life in the country, I was taken by surprise by the last four lines:

haec ubi locutus faenerator Alfius,
iam iam futurus rusticus,
omnem redegit idibus pecuniam,
quaerit kalendis ponere.

When the money-lender finished saying these things
Just about to become a country-dweller
He called in all the money owed him on the Ides
He plans to put it out again on the Kalends.

The ...
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Why is this indirect discourse?

Billuart,OP scripsit: "Fide certum est dari in Deo tres Personas realiter distinctas, easque non distingui realiter in absolutis in quibus sunt consubstantiales"

Why does he use the infinitives? "Certum est" is not a verb of sensing/thinking for use of acc. +inf. What am I missing? Is this indirect discourse or is it something else?

"By faith it is certain that three really distinct persons are given in God, and that they are not distinguished really ...
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Subj/verb agreement

St. Thomas scripsit: "considerandum est quod in quolibet novem generum accidentis est duo considere."

Why didn't he use "sunt"? Isn't "duo" the subject?

"It should be considered that...there are two things to consider."
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A little help with 3rd declension nouns

Hi everyone,
i am looking for about 8 neuter nouns of the 3rd conjugation that have a silent stem. So far i've tried to look in the grammar books i'm reading but i couldn't find more than 3, so can anyone post some?
The ones i have already found are:
i. cor
ii. capvt
iii. poema

thanks in advance,
Lvpvs Silvae

Edit: corrected the title :)
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English for "frontem explicare"?


I try to put together an English/Latin phrase book for low-level expressions concerning the body and its interaction with the world (that is literal meanings). To frown can be translated by frontem contrahere/astringere.

But how should one translate frontem explicare (the reverse of the above) into English? Any idea?


Carolus Raeticus
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Latin Grammar in Latin?

there must be single-volume Latin grammars along the lines of Gildersleeve or Allen & Greenough, except written entirely in latin, most likely from the 19th century. I'm sort of surprised I'm coming up empty, anyone have any ideas?

I did come across the amazing Grammatici Latini, but thats not exactly a "handy reference":

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Inscription on Mosaic at the Louvre

This appeared yesterday on the New Liturgical Movement blog.

Christian funerary mosaic, with Chrismon (detail below), birds and vine; from Tunisia, end of the 4th or beginning of the 5th century

I'm reading

pridie idus maias fideles in pace is easy.
peces -> preces?
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