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Translation question

In Chapter 10 Sententiae Antiquae, number 5 (page 65), I have a quick question.

SEMPER MAGNO CUM TIMORE INCIPIO DICERE. My translation = I always begin to speak great with fear.

My question is why is "cum" there? Is it not redundant? "magno" and "timore" are both in the ablative case which is to be translated "by/with". If the cum was not there I would have translated the sentence as : I always begin to ...
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ambiguous forms

i'm teaching myself latin with the artes latinae program. i was getting the hang of it until i got to ambiguous forms, forms that have the same nominative and accusative forms.

179. Which of these forms are the ambiguous nominative or accusative form?
aure facile flumine crudele

the answer is: facile crudele

are these the answer because they can both be used as adjectives and nouns, or is it because it depends on the ...
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P ac V

Does anyone know where I can find a facsimile of Juvenal's text from Codex Pithoeanus and Vindobonensis?
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question on quam

According to A&G, 'When quam is used, the two things compared are put into the same case':

matre quam patre dignior: more worthy of the mother than of the father.

But here's a case I came across in Wheelock:

fuit quondam in hac re publica tanta vitrus ut viri fortes civem perniciosum acrioribus poenis quam acerbissimum hostem reprimerent: There was formerly such virtue in this republic that brave men repressed a pernicious ...
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On Tolerance


I thought it might make sense to spin off from "can god create a rock..." a new thread devoted to "tolerance".

In the original thread I several times asked Democritus to provide some examples of what he described as "... all this talk we are hearing from the right, about 'tolerance' being a bad thing, is misguided and unwise". He very kindly answered me at http://www.textkit.com/greek-latin-foru ... 4&start=46 ...
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Introduction (of me)

salvete omnes! :D

I guess I'll introduce myself because that's supposed to be one of the functions of this board. Sorry if I get wordy and I don't normally talk so much (not about myself and hopefully not in general), but it is extremely refreshing to find a niche on the net with like-minded individuals, at least in this one aspect, in a world that increasingly ...
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Has Jonah been swallowed by the whale again?

:?: :?: :?:

Some time ago I posted a question on the Septuagint version of the book of Jonah. On the 16 August 2005 I received a notification that somebody had posted a reply, but I can't find the reply anywhere. I tried clicking on the link in the notification but ...
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Legions & Cohorts

I am reading De Bello Civili at the moment and naturally it is full of both legions and cohorts, etc. The thing is, I don't really know what makes up a legion and what a cohort. How many men are in each? How many equites, peditus or sagitarii? And how many cohorts form a legion?
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Here's some help with the ablative of manner/means

If anyone else had any trouble seeing the difference between the two, this might help. Plus it took me a long time to come up with this difference and I wanna share with people who care about this!:

Means (noun): This ablative noun retains its nounship. This ablative is used as a tangible instrument, in which case the ablative becomes the ‘subject’ of the verb, and the actual subject is secondary:

manu sua id scripsit: ...
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Church ruins

I want to say:

The boy was sleeping in the church ruins.

I came up with:

Puer in ruina ecclesiae dormiebat.

'ruina' is in the ablative, because of in (in + abl.)
'ecclesiae' is genitive, because it is the ruins of the church

I think that is it, but I'm not sure.
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