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My name is Jeff and I have for years been trying to fulfill a dream of learning how to read Latin. My sister was able to take these classes in high school; but when I went through the same school these classes were no longer available. When I went to college/university I was more focused on getting the courses pertinent to the career I was chasing. So here I am much older and revisiting ...
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Acts 16:16-18 exorcism: πνεῦμα πύθωνα

Acts 16:16 Ἐγένετο δὲ πορευομένων ἡμῶν εἰς τὴν προσευχὴν παιδίσκην τινὰ ἔχουσαν πνεῦμα πύθωνα ὑπαντῆσαι ἡμῖν, ἥτις ἐργασίαν πολλὴν παρεῖχεν τοῖς κυρίοις αὐτῆς μαντευομένη. 17 αὕτη κατακολουθοῦσα τῷ Παύλῳ καὶ ἡμῖν ἔκραζεν λέγουσα· οὗτοι οἱ ἄνθρωποι δοῦλοι τοῦ θεοῦ τοῦ ὑψίστου εἰσίν, οἵτινες καταγγέλλουσιν ὑμῖν ὁδὸν σωτηρίας. 18 τοῦτο δὲ ἐποίει ἐπὶ πολλὰς ἡμέρας. διαπονηθεὶς δὲ Παῦλος καὶ ἐπιστρέψας τῷ πνεύματι εἶπεν· παραγγέλλω σοι ἐν ὀνόματι Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ ἐξελθεῖν ἀπ᾿ αὐτῆς· καὶ ἐξῆλθεν αὐτῇ τῇ ...

APOD: 2014 November 29


Today's APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day) was an especially tough nut to crack. I almost bailed out. This is what I got:

67P 3D (29 NOVEMBRIS 2014)

Exprome vitra ocularia vitriis rubro caeruleoque colore praedita et pendê prope cometam! Cum "Philae", modulus spatialis descensionis navigationis speculatoriae nomine "Rosetta", diê duodecimô (12) mensis Novembris ad nucleum cometae 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko laberet, instrumentô photographicô ROLIS usus est ad ...
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APOD: 2014 November 28


yet another stab at translating an APOD (Astronomical Picture of the Day):


Si nubem cosmicam, numerô NGC 281 in catalogum redactam, spectes, fortasse coacervationem stellarum apertam non advertas. Sunt autem huius coacervationis stellae iuvenes gravesque intrâ nebulâ exortae, cuius radiatio ardorem nebulae efficit. Figurae conspicuae in hâc effigiê nebulae NGC 281 sunt columnae sculptae et globuli pulveris densi, quae sub ...
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APOD: 2014 November 27


I found the translation of today's APOD rather difficult, especially when trying to come up with words for "calibration" etc. For what it's worth, here is my stab at a translation:


Cum siderale instrumentum speculatorium "Galileus" decenniô nonô saeculi undevicesimi exeunte systema Ioviale pervolaret, conspectûs mirificos Europae photographicê reddidit. Etiam signa detexit, secundum quae huius lunae superficies glacialis oceanum profundum celet. ...
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nec vērō quidquam - Familia Romana - XXXII Lines 125-126

Facile est grātiās agere prō beneficiīs, nec vērō quidquam difficilius esse vidētur quam beneficiōrum meminisse. It is easy to give thanks for favors, but in fact nothing seems more difficult than remembering favors.

Is this a decent rendering of the second clause in this sentence?
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Why is it that dictionaries don't have entries

for the third principal part? If I were confronted with "peperi" it would never occur to me to even look anywhere near "pario", and several verbs have non-guessable perfect forms, yet my dictionary, as I believe is common, only has entries for the first and fourth parts (which is odd since the supine can nearly always be inferred). I have no idea how irregular perfect forms were looked up before Google!
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"quis" in indirect discourse

I think I've studied a grammar rule for quis in indirect discourse, but I can't find it. Do I have this right? I am uncertain about the grammar for quis in this sentence.

Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy, Book I, prose section 4

The author narrates his political fall, and its unfairness in relation to his upright actions.

Sed innocentiam nostram quis exceperit eventus vides. . . .

In clumsy English to let the Latin show: ...
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A Koine reading list

I have been spending most of my time reading Attic Greek lately, and it was a pleasant surprise to come back to Mark and find out that all that work has paid off there too. I was able to read through Mark like a novel, in just a few hours, with full comprehension, including all of the chapters that I had never looked at in Greek before. This is exciting to me -- I feel ...
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APOD: 2014 November 26


Ut artem Latine scribendi discam, hunc textum brevem e serie Astronomical Picture of the Day ex Anglicô in Latinum converti:


Haec series imaginum telescopiô intra viginti quattuor (24) minuta in San Pietro Polesini, Italiâ, factarum et ordine temporis servatô a summâ ad infimam seriem depictarum occultationem Ionis Callistone, quae duo ex satellitibus Galilaeis sunt, sequitur. Propositum observationum est haud ...
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