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Help on translation from Latin

Postby Boban » Tue Jul 29, 2008 3:50 pm

My native language is not english, so bear that in mind.

1) E longinquis terris magnam copiam auri, argenti, signorum, librorum, captivorum Romam vehebant.

From far away lands they used to bring plenty of gold, silver, signs, books, prisoners of Rome.

My remarks:
a) because vehebant is imperfect I am not sure that English translation is right;
b) I translated magnam copiam as plenty

2) Forum Romanum copia aedificorum publicorum, basilicis, curiis, deorum templis, virorum signis Romani ornabant.

Roman forum Romans used to ornate with lots of public buildings, basilicas, councils, temples of gods, human statues.
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Re: Help on translation from Latin

Postby cdm2003 » Tue Jul 29, 2008 4:25 pm

Boban wrote:My native language is not english, so bear that in mind.

1) E longinquis terris magnam copiam auri, argenti, signorum, librorum, captivorum Romam vehebant.

From far away lands they used to bring plenty of gold, silver, signs, books, prisoners of Rome.


Nicely done. Because "vehebant" is imperfect, your translation is just fine. "Plenty" is also a good translation. "Signum," should either be translated as a "statue" or even, by synecdoche, "marble."

Boban wrote:2) Forum Romanum copia aedificorum publicorum, basilicis, curiis, deorum templis, virorum signis Romani ornabant.

Roman forum Romans used to ornate with lots of public buildings, basilicas, councils, temples of gods, human statues.


Try, "decorated," for "used to ornate." In English, we don't really use "ornate" as an active verb.

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Re: Help on translation from Latin

Postby Boban » Tue Jul 29, 2008 6:04 pm

cdm2003 wrote:
Boban wrote:My native language is not english, so bear that in mind.

1) E longinquis terris magnam copiam auri, argenti, signorum, librorum, captivorum Romam vehebant.

From far away lands they used to bring plenty of gold, silver, signs, books, prisoners of Rome.


Nicely done. Because "vehebant" is imperfect, your translation is just fine. "Plenty" is also a good translation. "Signum," should either be translated as a "statue" or even, by synecdoche, "marble."

Boban wrote:2) Forum Romanum copia aedificorum publicorum, basilicis, curiis, deorum templis, virorum signis Romani ornabant.

Roman forum Romans used to ornate with lots of public buildings, basilicas, councils, temples of gods, human statues.


Try, "decorated," for "used to ornate." In English, we don't really use "ornate" as an active verb.

Best,
Chris


1) Well, actually I have found an error.
Because noun "Roma" is in accusative (Romam) I had to translate it like:
From far away lands they used to bring in Rome plenty of gold, silver, marbles, books, prisoners.


2) I agree, decorate was the word that I was looking for, but again, English is not my native language.
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Re: Help on translation from Latin

Postby cdm2003 » Tue Jul 29, 2008 7:09 pm

Boban wrote:1) Well, actually I have found an error.
Because noun "Roma" is in accusative (Romam) I had to translate it like:
From far away lands they used to bring in Rome plenty of gold, silver, marbles, books, prisoners.


Missed it...but I think you want "to Rome" as opposed to "in Rome."
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Re: Help on translation from Latin

Postby Boban » Tue Jul 29, 2008 7:39 pm

cdm2003 wrote:
Boban wrote:1) Well, actually I have found an error.
Because noun "Roma" is in accusative (Romam) I had to translate it like:
From far away lands they used to bring in Rome plenty of gold, silver, marbles, books, prisoners.


Missed it...but I think you want "to Rome" as opposed to "in Rome."


Yes, thanks for english correction.
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