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Postby Iulius Caesar » Thu Mar 04, 2004 11:23 pm

Hello, I am new to this site and a beginner in Latin (using Wheelock's 6th Ed.) I was wondering, does anyone out there know where i can find the Latin Vulgate? I really wish to translate some passages in it. Also, I have been struggling with a line from Caesar's De Bello Gallico; it is actually the first line.... I can comprehend most of the other stuff.... but i just cannot grasp what the exact sentence is: Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres..... I dunno i must be missing something.
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Postby solitario » Fri Mar 05, 2004 12:03 am


I think the first line means "All of Gaul is divided into three parts." But I'm new, so you might want to get a second opinion.
As for the Vulgate, you can find it at a lot of places. Here's a link.

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Postby phil » Fri Mar 05, 2004 12:22 am

I agree with Solitario's translation.
Welcome to textkit, Jules. You are trying to read Caesar while learning Latin? You've set yourself a really challenging task there - good luck! There are several people here learning Latin with Wheelock, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask - there's lots of help at hand.
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Postby Alundis » Fri Mar 05, 2004 6:00 am

If you're looking for an electronic Vulgate, I recommend the program at this site: http://vulsearch.sourceforge.net It displays Latin side-by-side with an English translation (Douay-Rheims). Actually, the newest version of the program can display several different bible texts side-by-side, including the Clementine Vulgate, Stuttgart Vulgate, a French translation.

The Nova Vulgata is available at the Vatican's website.

You can find a print version of the Stuttgart Vulgate easier.

However, I couldn't find a Clementine vulgate, the one with punctuation, listed on a major bookseller's website. I bought a copy of an edition edited by Colunga & Turrado, through this site: http://www.mycatholicstore.com/ It's printed in Spain, and the maps are labeled in Spanish. I've found a few typos in it, so the text isn't infallible ;p

You can also buy books of the Nova Vulgata from the Vatican press, but they're very expensive.

Finally, I recommend Leo F. Stelten's Dictionary of Ecclesiastical Latin. It's quite affordable, and it contains many definitions found in the Vulgate, but not in Cassel's nor WORDS.
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Postby bingley » Fri Mar 05, 2004 8:41 am

You might also find the Perseus text of the Vulgate useful: http://perseus.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/ptext?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.02.0060;layout=;loc=Genesis%201.1;query=toc. Each word is linked to a parser and the Lewis and Short Latin dictionary.
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Postby Iulius Caesar » Sat Mar 06, 2004 5:33 pm

Thanks on the Vulgate help... About the translation... I thought the translation was as you have said also... but "Gallia" is not in the genetive... omnis ([of?] all/entire/whole et cetera) appears to be in the genetive singular (possible ablative/dative, but that would make less sense :wink:) .... I dunno.... maybe there is another genetive form i have not yet learned :wink: Every time i learn one form they throw 4 others at you ... always possible. I know the meaning of it... just it is confusing me with the cases.
Caesar is interesting... certainly excercises your dictionary skills.

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Postby Ulpianus » Sat Mar 06, 2004 6:57 pm

No genitive, because (apart from the fact that there is some inconsistency in the use of a partitive genitive with omnis), C. is not really saying anything about "all" (as in each/every) part of Gaul, but something about Gaul "as a whole", as a unity. Maybe better than "All of Gaul" one would say "The whole of Gaul" or "Gaul as a whole" I'd take omnis as a nominative adjective agreeing with Gallia.
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