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greek verse composition

hi all, i thought i'd post a different type of composition exercise while we wait for some more questions in the Greek Prose Composition forum.

The sentence is Catullus 1.1

To whom do I give (this) charming new booklet?

In latin:

cui dono lepidum novum libellum


The trick is to try to do it in Catullus' metre: the hendecasyllable. This means that the line has to have 11 syllables, in this pattern:

long-long-long-short-short-long-short-long-short-long-short

the first ...
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Oblique madness

I have a question about the oratio obliqua: In a long indirect discourse, when I have a verb in the third person singular, the pronoun "se" is in the singular and the person which he talks with is in the third person singular as well(scilicet "eum"). How do I know who is performing the action showed by the verb?
Is the "se" guy, or the "eum" guy? Do I infer this only by the context? ...
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Pharr Reading Group - open to join

To join the Pharr reading group, visit Pharr-a.

The first official lesson day is Monday, February 9th, though that's just for introductory stuff. Lesson three will be due Thursday, February 12.

The list will be closed to new members once we get started on the lessons, but to minimize spamming the mailing list software requires a confirmation from you as well as moderator (me) permission to join. This is a little irritating, but I'm afraid ...


Minckwitz Reading Group - open to join

To join the Minckwitz reading group, visit Minckwitz-a.

As I said in the poll thread, the first lesson, lines 1-15, will be on Wednesday, February 11th.

We'll close the list to new subscriptions once we start the readings, but for now the mailing list software requires a confirmation email back from you, and moderator permission to join. This is a little obnoxious, but it'll stop most spammers.


COPYRIGHTS- Save the whales! - uh er~ Save the Grammars!

I ran across this link today. Evidently there are forces of good working against the evil of the Sunny Bono Act. We can do something, hopefully, to gain access to a huge cache of copyrighted information if this movement picks up.

http://eldred.cc/
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how to say this

HI,

I was trying to translate a two word phrase from English to Latin. I looked up some resources and noticed that Latin is not that far off from Spanish. Anyway I need help figuring out how to translate this to Latin

Air Torus (or possibly how to say Torus of the Air, Torus made from Air...)

I found out that Air - of the air, high air is "Aerius"

Then torus is just Torus. ...
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How best to start when you're on your own.

I'm a senior at a public (and sadly Latin-less) high school. I got interested in learning after joining a Gregorian chant choir at my parish. I am a complete novice, I have no idea where even to start. but luckily I found this site. What approach would be best for someone like me, with no one around to help?
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Consciousness?

Just something I’m interested in right now... there are some modern philosophers around, who claim that we will never know how consciousness first came about. It’s the common view it seems that it is not practically impossible, but generally impossible to know this. That we may find out sometime in the future is ruled out entirely, the reason being we don’t know how matter came into existence out of nothing so how can we know ...
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Puellae aquam poetae portant.

SALVETE OMNES, S.V.B.E.V.
I'm looking at my grandfather's first year Latin book, and I'm confused with one of the sentences:
Puellae aquam poētae (for the poet) portant.
Now I think this sentence could mean either:
The girls are carrying water to the poet. Using the Dative declension.
or
The girls are carrying the poet's water. Using the Genitive declension.
But I don't understand how it could mean for the poet.

Unless, "Puellae" and "aquam" are going together, in which case it ...
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Hitting the Third Declension Wall!

I was doing good until I hit chapter 7 and the Third Declension Nouns.
Just look at these wack declensions:
homō
hominis
hominī
hominem
homine
hominēs
hominum
hominibus
hominēs
hominibus
Now I ask you, what is the magical mystery secret to mastering Third Declension nouns? Or is this one of those things I have to memorize?

MULTAS GRATIAS
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