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To those of you who know Japanese....

Salvete (or should I say Konnichiwa?),

I am considering studying Japanese for a few years. Now I have a few questions for those who have taken Japanese. Was it hard to learn the three alphabets? What would you say is the most challenging part of the language? Are nouns declined? Are the tenses similar to those of Latin or English? Sorry for bombarding you with all of these questions!

thanks,
Deccius
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Meanings of two words

Hello all!

1) I would like to know the meaning to the dark (black) color. My dictionary (WORDS), says the following about it:

=>atrum
ater, atra -um, atrior -or -us, aterrimus -a -um ADJ
black, dark; dark-colored (hair/skin); gloomy/murky; unlucky; sordid/squalid;
deadly, terrible, grisly (esp. connected with underworld); poisonous: spiteful

A friend of mine said the correct word should be "artror" or "artroris", but that's what my dictionary says about both of them:

artro, artrare, ...
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Translation, if you please?

Hey folks. Non-latin person here, in need of a translation of something for a logo I'm creating for my work.

"Victory Not Vengeance" would be the phrase.

Any help on this would be much appreciated... I've always loved Latin, but have yet to find the time to start learning... maybe now that I've stumbled into this forum I can start working on it, finally!

Thanks in advance!
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HELLO

Hi there,
Thought I would join this great looking site as I want to learn Greek as we are looking to move to Cyprus in 5 years time and I thought it would be the done thing to learn the language as I think It's rude and ignorant not to.
I'm assuming that it is the normal Greek language that is spoken or is there another form that I should be trying (the operative word!!) ...
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Aoidoi.org: Pindar's Olympian 1

This Aoidoi commentary - Olympian 1 - differs from the usual commentaries in several ways.

First, it is written by chad, not me (though I did some editing).

Second, it's pretty large - 17 pages of PDF covering a 116-line poem.

Third, chad also has scanned the entire poem, and long and short marks float above the lines of the poem.

Fourth, below each strophe and epode is the same text in a less Pindaric ...
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A little help please

Hello,

I am attempting to teach myself Latin and would like a second opinion on two sentences.

1. To the men's sons they give pretty books.
Filiis virorum pulchri liberi donant.

2. They dwell in Greece, a rough country of Europe.
Graeca terra aspera Europae habitant.

The lesson is on apposition if that helps.

Steven
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Horace and Ovid: 2 questions

1. In Horace's Carmen III, 30 (Exegi monumentum) I understand most of the text, except for the last sentence:

Sume superbiam
Quaesitam meritis et mihi Delphica
Lauro cinge volens, Melpomene, comam.

Could someone, please, give me a quck tour on the cases used here (esp. 'meritis') and give me a literal translation?

2. In Ovid's Tristia III, X, I got lost in the following sentence:

Pellibus et sutis arcent mala frigora bracis,
oraque de toto ...
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Gender bending locus

Salvete,

i read in D'Ooge that the plural of masculine (2nd decl) "locus" is declined in the neuter.

Wha'apen?

My inference is that the oddity is indeed one of gender, rather than just an irregular form that so happens to be indistinguishable from a gender change. Is that accurate and can someone explain to me how this behaviour came about?

Secondly, albeit more practically, can i expect to find this with any other nouns?
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need help with [face=spionic]de\ kai\ a)/lla[/face]

dear all,
I am trying to read Infancy Thomas as an exercise, and right on 2:3 I run into trouble with this sentence. h)=san de\ kai\ a)/lla paidi/a polla\ pai/zonta su\n au)tw=|. Can anybody explain to me how to make sense de\ kai\ a)/lla? Should I left de/ untranslated and understand the 'construction' (not sure whether this can be called so) as meaning 'but also many children were playing with him'? Any help and pointers ...
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Translation help

I am curious how to translate into ancient Greek these two phrases:

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
Love is the law, love under will.


I believe that the 2nd phrase is something like this:

He agape estin o nomos, he agape hypo to thelema.

I have no clue about the first phrase except the involvement of the verb thelein/ethelein. Thanks.
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