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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


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


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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$$$ Calling all copywriters $$$

Hi Everyone,

Put your grammar and language skills to use!

I had a call last night from a realestate agent looking to find a copywriter to help out with copy across a few websites they run that feature realestate markets in Florida. They are looking for someone who can produce interesting, well written copy from source material they will provide. The style of writing will be a brochure style and not a casual email/webpage style. ...
Read more : $$$ Calling all copywriters $$$ | Views : 506 | Replies : 0 | Forum : Open Board

Latin Books

Hello all.

I'm attempting to teach myself Latin, and one of my main interests is to read the works of the ancient authors. Problem is, I can't find any books of their works (that are actually in Latin, and not translations), and I don't like reading off of the internet; I would much rather have a portable copy. Does anyone know where I might order copies?
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Fabula iocularis (now with corrections!)

Atheos quidam in silva deambulabat omnia admirans quae evolutio creaverat.

"Quam magnificae sunt arbores! Quam forte flumen! Quam pulchra animalia!" secum dixit.

Ut secundum flumen ambulabat, crepitus post eum fuit. Se convertit et magum conspexit ursum ad se currentem.

Quam celerrime secundum semitam currere coepit. Oculis tamen trans humerum coniectis percepit ursum appropinquare. Itaque celerius currere conatus est. Tam pavidus erat ut lacrimas in oculis haberet.

Oculos trans humerum iterum coniecit. Etiam propius erat ursus. ...
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Guidance on Learning Greek (Where to start and so on)

Anyone who has any useful input concerning learning Greek independently.

(I have worked roughly up to Chapter 20 in Wheelock's Latin)

What is the best book to start with?

What are some good websites?

What not to do?

What to do?

Any information will be appreciated.
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Comp board suggestions?

In addition to the brief suggestion about how to use the board, I've added a few links to the locked "rules of the road" post to the composition board. There could be more links.

Obviously I'm going to have more good Greek links ready to pull out of my brains than I will for Latin, so if I've missed obvious useful resources for people writing Latin, please let me know.
Read more : Comp board suggestions? | Views : 663 | Replies : 4 | Forum : Open Board

About the Composition Board

Version 0.1, May 2 2005

For our purposes, composition means any text you might produce in Latin or Greek longer than a single sentence. For conversation in Latin or Greek, you should visit the Agora. For single phrase questions, or questions about exercises from non-composition textbooks, you should visit the usual Greek or Latin forums.

Otherwise this forum is composition workshop, like a writers' workshop: post your work with questions about style or vocabulary, comment ...
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