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Help with a Medieval Latin astrological fragment

Hello everybody,
I am trying to transcribe and translate this fragment of marginalia from a Latin manuscript (Germany, 1500 ca).

Could anybody help?
I can see that the text begins with "Coniunctio planetaru": the conjunction of planets. I can read a few other words, but I think I need the help of someone more skilled with medieval scripts.

A complete lower resolution image of the page is available ...
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Tables possible in Textkit-postings?


I intend to ask for help in Latin prose composition matters. To do so I would like to present the English original and my Latin translation alongside as a table (2 x 2 cells). Is that possible in Textkit?


Carolus Raeticus
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3rd-person imperatives

Wheelock didn't really discuss them, so I'm wondering if these are basically synonymous with the jussive subjunctive. For example, could "Let him/her/it love Julia" be rendered either as "Juliam amet" or "Juliam amato"? The subjunctive sounds much more natural, and my grammars don't really address the difference, if there is one.
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Fehling v Pritchett on Herodotos

Having completed Detlev Fehling Herodotus and his 'Sources': Citation, Invention and Narrative Art, I have just got started on W. Kendrick Pritchett, The Liar School of Herodotos.

I will admit that I really liked Fehling's book so Pritchett has a hard job convincing me that Fehling is wrong. To me it is obvious that Herodotos is full of tall stories. But even tall stories are useful if you know who made them up and who ...

Albae - locativus?

Imperitabat tum Gaius Cluilius Albae.

Nonne Albae locativus est?
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LLPSI Cap XLIII: Roma et Alba

(even adapted) Livy's a bit tricky here. Here's the opening paragraph of Orberg's LLPSI Cap XLIII. with his side note explanations in square brackets . A worrying number of uncertainties in just the first short paragraph!

Ex T. Livii 'Ab urbe condita' libro I.22-31, nonnullis mutatis et praetermissis

1. nonnullis mutatis et praetermissis looks like a ablative plural. What is it agreeing with?

Albanis bellum indictum ...
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Helmut van Thiel's Ilias

I received my copy of van Thiel in the mail today, and have been having great fun looking through it. It's going to take me some time to read through the introduction, as my German is not good. On his website is a copy of the D-scholia, (and somewhere a version of the Iliad without accents, according to the introduction, but I was not able to find it).

However, I was sad to see this ...

Metam. X, line 349 ff. Please check my parse.

Context: Myrrha's soliloquy, in which she meditates on her forbidden sexual love for her own father, yet unconsummated.

Starting at line 349, this was a hard sentence for me. I quickly got a general idea of what was suggested in the lines, but I could find no parsing until after reading a translation.

"Nec metues atro crinitas angue sorores,
quas facibus saevis oculos atque ora petentes
noxia corda vident?"

The implicit premise is that there ...
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De punctuatione Graeca et Latina

Quomodo oportet in Graecis Latinisque textis verba distinguere, ubi commata scribere? Certe, in temporibus antiquis nulla punctuatio erat, nunc autem non possumus ab verborum interpunctis abstinere. Alicubi legi quod Latine scribentes fere regulas punctuationis eorum linguarum natalium tenent. Num regulae certae non sunt? Nullus consensus?
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aorist passive optative in a future less vivid apodosis

Hi all,

I have a question about aorist optatives: in the line οὐδ' ἂν διαλεχθείνην γ' ἀτεχνῶς τοῖς ἄλλοις ... (Aristoph. Clouds 425), does any one know why the verb διαλεχθείνην uses the aorist passive stem? I believe it is in the optative mood because it is part of the apodosis of a future less vivid condiation with an implied protasis. The verb itself comes from διαλέγομαι ...
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