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Latin as the Romans Learned It

I recently discovered in a library a beginner's book that seems to employ the "natural" method, called Latin as the Romans Learned It, by Hector Levesque. I took some pictures that can be downloaded here. It's the second part of book one, and Worldcat tells me that the only known copy of this book is the one I came across. Googling the title doesn't give any useful info. Has anyone ever heard of this book?
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Cum and ut clauses

This is a line from Lingua Latina Per se Illustrata:
"Is fidicen nobilissimus fuit qui tam pulchre canebat ut bestiae, naturam suam oblitae, accederent, ut eum cantantem audirent, ac rapidi fluvii consisterent, ne strepitu cantum eius turbarent."

"He was a the most noblest harper who sang so well that the beasts, having been forgotten their nature, aproached to see him singing, and (?), to not disturb his singing with noise."

The book says that ...
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Bookstores in Rome

I have a chance to be in Rome next week and was wondering if there were any bookstores that would have books in Latin, similar to an OCT, new or used books would be fine, that I could get inexpensively. In the US we have very limited bookstores with books in Latin, reasonably priced.

Any suggestions would be awesome!
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1 John 2:8

πάλιν ἐντολὴν καινὴν γράφω ὑμῖν, ἐστιν ἀληθὲς ἐν αὐτῷ καὶ ἐν ὑμῖν, ὅτι ἡ σκοτία παράγεται καὶ τὸ φῶς τὸ ἀληθινὸν ἤδη φαίνει.

1 John 2:8

What is the antecedent of ὅ in above ?
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Thucydides 1.42.1.

‘ὧν ἐνθυμηθέντες καὶ νεώτερός τις παρὰ πρεσβυτέρου αὐτὰ μαθὼν ἀξιούτω τοῖς ὁμοίοις ἡμᾶς ἀμύνεσθαι, καὶ μὴ νομίσῃ δίκαια μὲν τάδε λέγεσθαι, ξύμφορα δέ, εἰ πολεμήσει, ἄλλα εἶναι.

A small question about syntax: is πολεμήσει an impersonal construction, similar to ὕει "it's raining"? εἰ πολεμήσει "if there will be war"?


My reading project is advancing at a snail's pace...
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Deponent Verb Question

So, as my Greek is more advanced than my Latin, I'm somewhat familiar with Deponent verb forms; this passage, however, has me a bit confused and wonder if someone might help clarify it.

So, overall, putting aside semi-deponents and exceptions/complexities and whatnot, deponents are verbs that 1. have no active forms and 2. no passive meanings. This is another way of saying that they only have 1. active meanings and 2. passive forms.

So far, ...
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The form ἐποῖκαν in The Chronicle of Morea

In the Greek version of the the Chronicle of Morea, the form ἐποῖκαν shows up numerous times, for example in section '113.
Αὐτὸν καὶ μόνον πόλεμον ἐποῖκαν οἱ Ρωμαῖοι
εἰς τὸν καιρὸν ποῦ ἐκέρδισαν οἱ Φράγκοι τὸν Μορέαν.

Is there precedent in the Peloponnesian dialects of the classical era for the morphology of ἐποῖκαν? Or is it simply a later analogous development along the lines of ἔδωκαν?

cf. Section '14
τὴν δύναμίν τους τοῦ ἔδωκαν ...

De Viris Illustribus

Where can you find a hardcopy of De Viris Illustribus by Lhomond? I haven't been able to find any. Is there a reprint on Lulu or something available on the cheap?
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Asking for some VERY basic help with "from"

Greetings All,

What's confusing me is ab, de, and ex. My text tells me the following(sorry, no macrons):
a, ab (prep. with abl.) from, away from
de (prep. with abl) from, down from, about, concerning
e, ex (prep. with abl.) from, out of

What's confusing me is this: What if I just want to say "from" and not down, away, or out of?
Possible example: "I learn Latin from my teacher." Which "from" and why? ...
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Latin prose composition


Does anyone here know if Latin has an equivalent book of composition, like the Greek:


That deeply analyses the aspects of Latin writing. (See that this book is much more advanced than Arnold's prose compositon)

And a book that analyses prose writing style, in the spirit of:


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