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Learning French and Greek at the same time!

In high school, my dad (who is French) studied Greek for some time, mostly because that way he didn't have to take German. He told me that the only thing he ever learnt was οὐκ ἔλαβον πόλιν. For some reason, my dad thought it was very funny, but I didn't get it... But I just bumped into whole piece, and now I know what was so funny. For those of you who know French: ...
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Rex cetera ut orsus erat peragit

Orberg LLPSI Cap XLIII (again). Tullus is condemning Mettius for treason:

Centuriones armati Mettium circumsistunt. Rex cetera ut orsus erat peragit:

I'm perplexed by the sentence Rex cetera ut orsus erat peragit:

I can sort of deduct that Mettius gets up to speak but how does the Latin work? Here's my reasoning:

Rex (the king) cetera (whilst) ut (in order to? to? so that?) orsus erat (had arisen) continues:.... mmm

Cetera I think means 'at ...
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non magis

Dimicatum est enim non magis cum hostibus quam — quae dimicatio maior atque periculosior est — cum proditione ac perfidia sociorum.

This is from Orberg's LLPSI Cap XLIII. I'm pretty sure what it means but I'm just trying to get clear in my mind Orberg's explanation of '...non magis...' He explains as follows non magis… quam = non tam… quam. Now magis is a comparative adverb (magnopere, magis, maxime) meaning more or by a greater ...
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what grammar principle applies to this subjunctive?

I'm varying my reading a little, looking at Suetonius, "Divius Iulius," chapter X, the first sentence. Suetonius is recounting the deeds of the ambitious young aedile Julius Caesar.

Aedilis praeter Comitium ac Forum basilicasque etiam Capitolium ornavit porticibus ad tempus
extructus in quibus rerum copia pars apparatus exponeretur.


Translation:

As aedile he besides the Comitium, the Forum and basilicias, even the Capitol he furnished with colonnades set up for a while for ...
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Audio practice thread

I thought that it would be useful to have an audio practice thread. The idea is to get practice listening to other people's audio, to record multiple versions of the same texts, comment, critique, etc.

Here's something very short. A pun in Xenophon?

Extra points if you make your recording (or a transcript) based on my recording without looking up the text. Note that any errors in that case will be my fault.

Also, please ...
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Romani! Si umquam ullo in bello fuit...

"Romani! Si umquam ullo in bello fuit quod primum dis immortalibus gratias ageretis, deinde vestrae ipsorum virtuti, hesternum id proelium fuit.

Romans! if ever there was in any war a reason you might do thanks first to the immortal gods and then to the courage of your own selves, yesterday's battle was it.
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Quomodo si - Isaiah 66:13

Quomodo si cui mater blandiatur, ita ego consolabor vos. As one whom the mother caresses, so will I comfort you.

What is si doing in this sentence? I'm assuming that it's to be taken in conjunction with quomodo, but I couldn't examples of that construction in Lewis and Short.
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Primo Romani qui Albanis proximi steterant mirabantur...

Couple of points for clarification here: It's Orberg LLPSI Cap XLIII

Tullus has just told his army in a way that will be heard by the enemy that he has ordered the treacherous Albani (led by Mettius) to attack the Fidenates from the rear. The text seems to say that he gave this order in such a way that the Fidenates could hear him - which I find perplexing. The enemy referred to in ...ut ...
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Odyssey 1.1-10 audio recording

Since I've been critiquing other poster's recordings of Homer, I decided to try my hand at overcoming my various speech disorders and recording a short bit myself. It's the beginning of book 1 of the Odyssey. For practical reasons, I'm trying to represent the pronunciation of 5th century Athens, not real Homer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YrjwRt ... e=youtu.be

Although I've always tried to pronounce Greek mentally, I've never tried to record it ...
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A Super Bowl Sunday treat

For Patriot fans:

αἱ σφαῖραι ἐξεφυσήσαντο.

For everyone else:

αἱ σφαῖραι ἐξεφυσήθησαν.
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