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Summon or summoning

I'm looking at "The Poet Horace Contemplates An Invitation" text in chapter one of Wheelock. The first sentence reads:

Maecenas et Vergilius me hodie vocant.

This sentence uses the verb vocare, in the present tense (of the indicative active). I tranlate it thus:

1. Maecenas and Vergilius summon me today.

But, I also think I could translate it this way:

2. Maecenas and Vergilius are summoning me today.

The last one seems ...
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"Chodim"? A metrical question

I've been meaning to ask this one for a long time. I have the Teubner edition of Pindar, and I've noticed that they use a metrical term I am unfamiliar with: "chodim." You can see it, for instance, on p. 1 of the Epinician Odes, Olympian 1, line 5 of the metrical analysis of the Epode, where the metrical shape

UU-U -UU- -U-U-

is analyzed as "chodim -U-U-"

Things get even more confusing on p. ...
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The First Poets - Michael Schmidt

I picked up a deligthful book yesterday: The First Poets : Lives of the Ancient Greek Poets by Michael Schmidt (who also wrote a more generic Lives of the Poets back in 2000 that I am now tempted to get, too).

I've only just started looking at it, but it looks quite delightful. This is no simple, dry, historical, biographical book. He actually starts with Orpheus, dismissing his mythological status with the words "There is ...
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loci antiquii #8

In the second paragraph, first line of "A more Positive View..." the speaker (Africanus Maior?) says "Immo vero,"...I don't understand what immo means, or if vero is an adjective or an adverb.

Fiat pax tibi
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By the end of September, one lucky university shall receive the chance to educate me. The entrance requirements are very high, demanding top grades in all sciences in order to study a certain SCIENCE, which I am on at the moment, however they expect more: they expect a genuine interest enthusiasm and flair for the sciences which I honestly do not have. I stand in my opinion a 1 in 5 chance of being accepted. ...
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malus, -i, f.

Can anyone teach me about the feminine noun malus, -i ?

I am familiar with:
malus, -a, -um (the adjective meaning evil, etc.)
malum, -i, neuter (a noun meaning apple, fruit, etc.)
malus, -i, masculine (a noun meaning a tall pole, ship's mast, etc.)

but I have come upon malus, -i, feminine, a noun meaning apple tree. My dictionary says only that it is derived from the Greek mhle/a and was used by Virgil. All ...
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Accents on Imperatives

Hi all,

Are there any rules for accenting imperatives? I can't see a pattern in the way they are accented (such as fi/lei where does the acute accent on the iota come from?)

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Faeroese; or words you can't do without

A book I'm reading at the moment tells of some useful expressions in the language of the Faero Islands.

For example:
Skeinkjari, 'the man who goes among wedding guests, offering them drink'
Brenna krakk, 'burning the three-legged stool after turning down a suitor'
Fjall, 'to go into the hills to work among the sheep'
Skadahvalur, 'whale-meat sold at auction to defray the cost of damages to boats'
Vevlingur, 'a cord worn around the sleeve when ...
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Am I the only one who detects an increase in faux textkit members? I am talking about lovers of the classics whose profiles include websites that seem to reference mortgages, low-cost loans, medicines, Russian Lolitas, and other such products.

Why, just today, I checked into the Koine group to see what 'whither' had posted to a 9 month old discussion about Revelation. Seems he had something to say about prescription medications. Frankly, it seemed a ...
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Pindar's anthropos

A question concerning, "Ti de tis; ti d' ou tis; skias onar anthropos."

I've seen a translation, "What is a man? What is not a man? Man is a shadow in a dream."

What's the meaning, function, etc. of "de"?

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