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Adler: audêre = achieve?


Here is a weird translation from Exercise 93 (Lesson 47) in Adler's Practical Grammar:

Adler wrote:
  • What has he achieved? Quid ille ausus est?
  • It is not worth mentioning what he has achieved. Non est dictu dignum, quod ausus est (Nihil dictu dignum ausus est).

Question: why translate "audêre" by "to achieve"? Is that even possible? It is true, that Adler introduces the verb "audêre" in this lesson (on page 251), but with ...
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The footnote of my book says this is 'plebian' Is this an alternate spelling of third declension genitive plural?
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translation of Giordano Bruno

I recently bought the translation of Giordano Bruno's "De Umbris Idearum" and "Ars Memoriae" by Scott Gosnell. This translations is terrible. The author, in a podcast, admitted that he had never studied Latin and simply looked up the words in a dictionary. This has resulted a scrambled translation that has very bad syntax. Its almost like a google translation.

Unfortunately the 2nd section of "Ars Memoriae" that describes the larger memory wheel is what I ...
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The Latin style of Leo the Great

Though not a Classical writer, Leo the Great was highly acclaimed of for his Cursus Leonicus and sermo humilis which have influenced subsequent Latinists in their writing style. However, there is scanty information related to the topic. Could anyone tell me why his style is so unique? Since I find reading writings by Classical authors a bit boring at times, how should I learn from Leo the Great and later on Augustine as a stepping ...
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'ut viderem esse'

The following is an excerpt from Augustine's Confessions:

Tu es deus meus, tibi suspiro die ac nocte. et cum te primum cognovi, tu assumsisti me, ut viderem esse, quod viderem, et nondum me esse, qui viderem. et reverberasti infirmitatem aspectus mei, radians in
me vehementer, et contremui amore et horrore: et inveni longe me esse a te in regione dissimilitudinis, tamquam audirem vocem tuam de excelso...

What I don't understand, is the use of 'esse': ...
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Question from Hannibal's end

Dear all,

I just translated some passages about Hannibal's end:

Carthaginiensis (dono) regis castellum habebat atque ibi se tenebat. Non ignorabat et Romanorum odium permagnum et regis perfidiam.

= The Carthaginian was keeping stronghold of king (for offering)...

Dono = ablative of cause, it means that Hannibal kept stronghold to pay for King Prusias cause Prusias has allowed him to come to his kingdom, right? ...
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Adler: Use of tenses keeps my head spinning


I do not comprehend at all the use of the tenses in one of Adler's exercises (ex Exercise 164):

Adler wrote:
  • There were many who said that you were mistaken. Multi sunt, qui te errare (falli) dixerint (dicerent).

In the lesson this exercise belongs to, Adler deals with subjunctive after relatives (p. 586). This sentence seems to best fit part C ("When the relative is precedded by an indefinite expression, positive or negative, ...
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translation question

L. Junio Bruto duce,populus Romanus iuravit se nec Tarquinium nec alium regem regnare passurum esse.

translation: With Lucius Junius Brutus being made the leader, the Roman people swore that it would allow neither a Tarquin nor another king to rule. I used the word 'it' because passurum is neuter but se reflects back to populus Romanus which is masculine. So maybe my translation is lacking somewhere?
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Adler: Quid + partitive genitive


Adler wrote:
  • What presents have you received? Quid donorum (munera) accepisti?
  • I have received fine presents. Pulchra dona (munuscula) accepi.

The above (munera) would expand to the sentence "Quid munera accepisti?", which is obviously wrong. So the translation should be either one of the following, I guess:
  • Quid donorum (munerum) accepisti?
  • Quid donorum (Quae munera) accepisti?
Are both equally okay, or should one of these be preferred (most likeley the second one)? ...
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Adler: Agreement of verbs


I have some doubts about the agreement of verbs. Two examples from Adler's exercises in his Practical Grammar follow:

Adler wrote:Example 1 (ex Exercise 130):
  • Have I hurt you? Effecine ego tibi dolorem?
  • You have not hurt me, but your children (have). Non tu, sed liberi tui, mihi dolorem fecisti.
Example 2 (ex Exercise 166):
  • Of whom do those children complain? Quem hi liberi incusant?
  • Francis complains of Eleanor, and Eleanor of ...
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