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Pandora's Box

In the Pandora's Box story of 38 Latin Stories, the last sentence ends:

Etiam si vita plena malorum est, spem semper habemus.

The vita here appears to be in the ablative. I don't understand quite why, other than running through all the other cases and determining that none of the other ones seem to apply.

I'm only on Ch.5 of Wheelock's and I know the ablative is covered in later chapters but I was just ...
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Latin Word Order

The following are the few points of prosaic Latin word order which I can recall:

1. Main verb always at end.
2. Adjectives directly behind modified nouns.
3. Indirect objects precede direct objects.
4. Objects of prepositions follow the preposition (unless anastrophe is employed).

This leaves many questions. I'd like to know where subjects, direct and indirect objects, prepositional phrases, subordinate clauses, indirect statements, et cetera fit in.

If someone could translate the following example, ...
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Latin Prose Composition - North/Hillard

Is there any particular reason why this is for Acrobat Reader only? Other PDF's can be opened by Preview on my Mac, but the ones with AR5 in the title cannot. Ofcourse AR5 refers to Acrobat Reader 5, but why is this?
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anyone know what "mystace" means?

It's not in my latin dictionary or in the online one I looked at.

And I can't find Words for my new computer. :(

(ps: It's from the first page of Harrius Potter. I just started it ;)
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quandary about how omega sounds

Okay, I've heard omega sounds like o as in "Moe", "Joe", "snow," and "coal." I've also heard that it sounds like aw as in "awesome," "pawn," "lawn" (not as in "pop" nor "cop").

So which is it?

Eks ou day ta pr-AW-ta, or
Eks ou day ta pr-OA-ta?
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Textkit Server

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick note to say that new security mods were installed on the server today which are having adverse effects on several portions of the site including subscriber login and the vocabulary tool.

Sorry, I'll try to get things back right asap.

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Catullus and His Finances

The question of how Catullus sustained himself financially has been posed several times in my AP Latin course, yet my instructor still hasn't settled upon an asnwer. He stated that the most probable source of Catullus' money is the inheritance of his parents' wealth. Would that be accurate?

Furthermore, how much money did Catullus actually have? From the several dozen poems of Carmina which I've translated in class, I recall that he had one home ...
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Operatic disclaimer et al.

In one of my weirder quirks, I suggested to myself the idea of a disclaimer epilogue to my opera libretto:

Hic est negatio et excusatio.
Si quemquam haec dramma per musica offendit, scriptor operis se excusat. Ignoscite eum! Scientiam historice accurata non est haec dramma, ita monemini! Multa scientia data (a hac) tantummodo est ficta. Haec est fabula, non historia. Tamen, sunt pauci res vera. Nonne dramma totae fundamentum est eventum verum?

And now, from ...
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Today's computer software in Latin?

Here's a bit of a left field one. I was thinking of having a go at adding Latin as a language option in a program that is used in day to day computer life. A web browser like firefox sprung to mind. I rekon it would be cool, in a wierd sort of way. Do you guys have any other program suggestions that could be translated?
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