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Some rambling thoughts on learning Latin

As I read the posts from other Textkit newbies I've been thinking about how I learned Latin and what suggestions I could make for a beginner in the language. Here are a few thoughts on the matter, in no particular order :

1. Festina lente! My t'ai chi teachers used to tell me that "Ten years is a good beginning", so take your time, savor the language even at its simplest. Start with brief passages, ...
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"Infinite Secrets" on Nova


Not language related, but I thought someone here might be interested. Tivo informed me of an upcoming episode of Nova, "Infinite Secrets". It will air in my area 9PM Sun 3/28 & 2AM Tues 3/30 (17 KCSM); check local listings for your area. The program description:

Scientists use imaging techniques to unlock the secrets of a long-lost compendium of works by the ancient Greek scholar Archimedes.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/archimedes/

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§ 155. Exercise 6. Special Intransitive Verbs

I was wondering how properly to translate the following:
Nuper ea resistebat et nunc resistit potentiae Latonae.

I original thought to translate it as:
Recently she was resisting and now she resists the power of Latona.

The key translates it as:
Recently she resisted them and now she resists the power of Latona.

I thought the intransitive verb took a dative (them being 'iis', or 'eis' I suppose) and took 'ea' as the singular feminine ...
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ius

In this story I'm reading, there are these two blokes 'aving a bit of a barney:
"Atque ea rixa adeo inter eos exarsit, ut etiam pugnis certarent. Tandem in ius ambulant."
And now a quarrel erupted between them, and they even fought with their fists. Finally they walked in ius.
I'm assuming it means something like went to court (over the matter), but I can't find that meaning of ius anywhere. Advice would be appreciated.
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Salvete, amici et amicae.

Salvete, amici et amicae. My name is Jonathan (age 16) and I am currently learning Latin from Wheelock's 6th Ed., it is quite an interesting language and I am happy to find that other people in the world are taking time to learn it. I am seeking to learn Latin as well as I can, and I am already thankful for your assistance and meticulous directions when I have encountered a "gray area". Citius, altius, ...
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Ides of March 2005 - Enter Now!

hi everyone,

This contest script is running live, but still very beta.

It's the 'Ides of March' contest that will run all year. The purpose of this contest is for it to be both fun and a way to generate interest and support in Textkit. It's my hope that we can find a mountain of books to give away from Textkit visitors and publishers. I'm searching for a title sponsor now...

So go ahead and ...
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Hello

Hi, my name is Tim and I live in the UK, some 45 miles west of London.

I am really glad to have found this site. I've recently become inspired to finally get to grips with Latin and have set out to learn independently. It's great to share these things with like minded people.

I was lucky enough to be taught Latin between the ages of 10/11 and 16, but was unfortunately too ignorant to ...
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Latin limericks ?

Since someone thought a good jokes thread was appropriate here, I'll extend the thread a bit and ask if anyone knows any good limericks or other funny poems in Latin. I'm familiar with Grant Legman's books on limericks in which he includes such prosodic wonders as "Nantucketensis ridebat..." and a few others. Thomas Campion wrote an interesting Latin ode to his penis in which he lamented his lack of "exercise" of it when he was ...
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Please, help with Commentariolum petitionis

Hello to all,
I am reading the Commentariolum petitionis, (The Handbook of Elections) a great little work, probably written by Quintus Cicero, Marcus' brother. He describes all the ropes of an electoral campaign in Rome (great read, anyway). There is a phrase which I find rather difficult to translate. Quintus is talking about sodalitates, kind of associations used for electoral purposes. These were on the edge of legality and in fact were made illegal some ...
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Learning Latin

Hi guys . Well , i was wondering what is the best way to learn latin ?

I'm a big fan of greek and roman fiction and that's one of the reasons that made me decide to learn latin . I bought i software ( the rosseta stone ) to help me learn the language . I admit it's really hard and confusing as for me it's a far cry from my own native tongue ...
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