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Found here:

http://www.open.edu/openlearn/history-t ... -0?intro=1

I don't know how good these are, just reporting the existence thereof.

Edit: Very basic, but may be good as a recommendation for people who literally know nothing about the languages to gain some idea of how they are different from English and the value of studying them in depth.
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Oxford Book of Greek Verse 97, Tyrtaeus

Oxford Book of Greek Verse 97. "How can Man die better?" Tyrtaeus (fl. 685-668 B.C.)

I'll translate the first part of this poem in this first post, to the best of my ability, and continue on with the rest in separate posts to this thread. No special reason, except that I wanted to spend more time with poetry, and the Oxford Book of Greek Verse is a nice place to find random good pieces. I'm ...
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Latin typography


Attending a fairly traditional Catholic school for 13 years exposed me to plenty of Latin. I have always been quite used to seeing Latin in my environment. So it surprised me today when I was writing up a lesson plan for my Typography class when I was confounded by a silly dilemma.

I am providing my students with samples of various typographic styles. I have a font called Latin Uncial. Latin Uncial does not ...
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the verb darent

This appears to be the imperfect subjunctive active plural of the verb infinitive dare but I have checked several conjugation tables online and this word sometimes has a macron in the first syllable and sometimes does not. Are these simply alternate forms? Thanks, Paul
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Translation help: δοῦλον ἒπεμψα ὡς τοὺς παῖδας διώξοντα.

Can someone translate:

δοῦλον ἒπεμψα ὡς τοὺς παῖδας διώξοντα.

Is this:

1. I sent the slave in order to chase the children


2. I sent the slave in order to *do something* to the about-to-be-chased children?

or another... Thanks!

ἀγαπάω and φιλέω again...

Still having fun in the Colloquia, and found this this morning:

ἐγώ σε ἀγαπῶ, ἐγώ σε φιλῶ...

Remind you of anything in the gospels, say John 21:15-17? The context here is a section on seeking reconciliation with a friend or relative. The Latin translation, the language being learned, says

"ego te diligo, ego te amo..."

Which is precisely parallel to how Jerome renders John 21:15:

diligis me plus his dicit ei etiam Domine tu scis ...
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I've learnt latin for 13 years with a level that might be very mediocre for a living language. That were times where "speaking" latin was not a goal, nor producing latin texts.

Now that my children started learning latin on their turn, I want to take my level a step further and be able to talk fluently, which is why I'm reading a lot of Plautus as this is a fun approach and contains ...
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Using any verb as a causative-former

In English, many verbs (say "to X") can be used as "to X and thereby cause ...". E.g.:
*Ordinary usage: I cut him :: and thereby injured him.
*As a causative-former: I cut him loose :: and did not injure him, but cut something else, and thereby made him loose, that is, freed him from being tied up or tethered.

Are such constructions possible in Latin or Greek? If not, how to express such meanings?
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Off-topic: Dante editions

I am on the lookout for the most useful Italian editions of Dante, preferably with good running footnotes, in Italian or English. No translation needed. Doesn't have to be in print.

(Italian is off-topic, I know, but this forum was the first that popped into my mind when it comes to language quandaries online, and I trust many Latinists appreciate Italian as well.)

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Infera Insula

It is said that a Roman source mentioned an 'Infera Insula' near Britain. (There is a theory that that island later was flooded by the sea and is now the Goodwin Sands.) Please do you of you know which Roman document mentions this 'Infera Insula'?

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