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by vinobrien
Thu Jun 23, 2005 10:28 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Raya Returneth
Replies: 19
Views: 4594

Suddenly I see the same old names. Are you really still all here? Has time not sullied your interests. I got a wierd automatic email to look at an old thread and thought I'd see who was around. Raya? Episcopus? Mariek? What are you all doing these days? I start to feel very old...
by vinobrien
Tue May 04, 2004 3:08 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: A rhyme which I heard from my Latin classmates
Replies: 12
Views: 5381

Probably time to add: Puella Regensis ridebat Quam tigris in tergo vehebat. Externa profecta Interna revecta Et risus cum tigre manebat. There was a young lady from Niger Who smiled as she rode on a tiger. She left on the outside Returned on the inside With the smile on the face of the tiger.
by vinobrien
Thu Dec 11, 2003 9:11 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Please help me out
Replies: 9
Views: 4654

There's no pervert like a dissolving one, I always say. Anyway, how about simply constructing nouns from the verbs: malignantes or malignatores dilventes or dilvetores Without going into a long and tedious discussion, let's just say that v's and u's can sometimes be written instead of one another an...
by vinobrien
Wed Dec 10, 2003 3:06 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Please help me out
Replies: 9
Views: 4654

Hmmm. Diluo is I dissolve or separate or, figuratively, I wash away (troubles). Pravus, from which we get "depraved", means crooked as well as perverse. It's nominative so the phrase means: I, a pervert, dissolve. Maligo is "I contrive evil". Maligare is its infinitive form. Maligo is also the name ...
by vinobrien
Fri Nov 28, 2003 6:01 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: How old are you?
Replies: 64
Views: 17698

I now have the courage to admit to being 46, but I was born at an early age. Time hath my golden locks to silver turn'd.
by vinobrien
Thu Nov 27, 2003 12:03 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Vulgar Greek?
Replies: 11
Views: 7279

The problem is literature tends to be written by uncommon people. For an idea of colloquial (and more than that) we have the Symposia of Plato and Xenophon where we can get a good idea of banter and normal conversation between Greeks (though of the better class, it must be said). In Aristophanes we ...
by vinobrien
Tue Nov 11, 2003 2:29 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Games
Replies: 5
Views: 1650

Please, please don't put any more of these sites on the forum. I am weak and I have a lot of work to do...
by vinobrien
Tue Nov 11, 2003 1:58 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Participles & Latin Prose Comp in general
Replies: 3
Views: 1972

I would suggest the wonderful "English Grammar for Students of Latin" which even equips you to tell a gerund from a gerundive without major surgery.
by vinobrien
Fri Oct 24, 2003 11:20 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Aoidoi.org one year old
Replies: 18
Views: 6406

As everyone should. It is so beautiful but strange to someone who has learned Attic.

Keep at it, William, Anacreon too:λεγουσιν ἀι γυναικες γερων τε Vιλλιαμ
by vinobrien
Fri Oct 24, 2003 6:22 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Latin : Latinity :: Greek : ?
Replies: 19
Views: 5377

Greekiness?
Atticity?
Ortholexis?
Orthohellenicisim?
Hellenipraxis?

Quick, alcohol somebody....
by vinobrien
Fri Oct 24, 2003 6:18 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Aoidoi.org one year old
Replies: 18
Views: 6406

Congratulations - you almost persuade me I can read Greek. The Sappho is wonderful by the way. :P :P :P :P :P
by vinobrien
Wed Oct 22, 2003 7:58 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Laocoonta
Replies: 7
Views: 4259

The so-called Greek declension crops up when a Latin writer is using a Greek name or loan word and is trying to look literary. It looks like a declension in Greek, the -a is an accusative if it comes from a third declesion word, but the declension in Latin is a mess and depends on the whim of the wr...
by vinobrien
Wed Oct 22, 2003 7:41 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: you're welcome
Replies: 17
Views: 7399

In reply to doctissimo Tadwelessare, nihil laboris est is used by just about every conversational Latin guide but I can find no primary text so we can presume one or more of the following: a. I have not read the entire corpus of Latin literature b. it's somewhere in Erasmus c. it's something medieva...
by vinobrien
Mon Oct 20, 2003 10:22 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: you're welcome
Replies: 17
Views: 7399

If any Roman says "gratias ago tibi", you reply "nihil laboris est" or "aliud cura". Mind you, none of them has ever said thank you to me...
:shock:
by vinobrien
Fri Oct 17, 2003 10:30 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Dicere et facere sunt res non eaedem.
Replies: 8
Views: 2542

Keep at it boy, you'll do it. Everyone goes through a plateau in a learning a language when the first spark goes, the graft gets in the way of things you have to do and you don't seem to be advancing. Stick in there, you will.
by vinobrien
Tue Sep 30, 2003 11:08 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Episcopus going to Oxford
Replies: 34
Views: 9635

Re:Episcopus going to Oxford

Away for a few days and what do I find? Mauritians and Americans planning to invade Oxford, abetted by Armenian Welshmen!<br /><br />O Episcope, ensure that you visit the Ashmolean which has a huge collection of antiquities. There's a virtual tour at http://www.chem.ox.ac.uk/oxfordtour/ashmolean/def...
by vinobrien
Tue Sep 23, 2003 3:17 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: not too difficult!
Replies: 20
Views: 12113

Re:not too difficult!

After a short respite I return to find myself Laconic, I certainly am far from Spartan. <br /><br />Reading Homer is difficult if you have been learning Attic or Koine, not just from the oddities of the vocab (how many haplegs do we want for life tobe fun?) but the morphology is different (and quite...
by vinobrien
Mon Sep 22, 2003 2:59 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: 200 posts
Replies: 18
Views: 7077

Re:200 posts

Yes, whatever happened to Seba? <br /><br />I would used to think that the time difference affected the number of posts from this side of the pond, but then I look at the posts episcopal...
by vinobrien
Fri Sep 12, 2003 11:04 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: not too difficult!
Replies: 20
Views: 12113

Re:not too difficult!

Yes.
by vinobrien
Thu Sep 11, 2003 1:21 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: The most vapid, but (for me) entertaining POLL..
Replies: 77
Views: 15383

Re:The most vapid, but (for me) entertaining POLL..

She wasn't quite old enough to have asked King David.
by vinobrien
Thu Sep 11, 2003 1:17 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Elvish
Replies: 39
Views: 19396

Re:Elvish

I once asked a Finnish friend if he knew any Elvish and he replied that he could manage "Shake, Rattle and Roll" and I could drum along.
by vinobrien
Thu Sep 11, 2003 10:20 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: The most vapid, but (for me) entertaining POLL..
Replies: 77
Views: 15383

Re:The most vapid, but (for me) entertaining POLL..

Greek, as the poll suggests, the real stinker. IT'S THE VERBS! Is there a completely regular verb anywhere? Did they really need that many moods? Why don't they ever use a finite verb? How come they omit so much which we have to interpolate to make it comprehensible? Why are there so many words? Why...
by vinobrien
Wed Sep 10, 2003 10:39 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Promote Latin
Replies: 2
Views: 2819

Re:Promote Latin

The book cover is great - I've printed it out for my kids.
by vinobrien
Wed Sep 10, 2003 10:28 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Tutorial/summary Request
Replies: 8
Views: 3822

Re:Tutorial/summary Request

Thanks for that, William, Anacreon I have always found the easiest to hear, but I suspect that is because I am substituting a qualitative for a quantitative metre when I read. trying to make that substitution with Virgil or Homer tends to be unsuccessful very quickly. I will do as you suggest.
by vinobrien
Wed Sep 10, 2003 10:08 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Language Heritage
Replies: 51
Views: 29210

Re:Language Heritage

Both of my parents were Irish. Both learnt in Irish at school. My aunt had a gold foine (a ring awarded for complete fluency in Irish).<br />I can speak or at least read to a "newspaper" level most European languages plus Anglo-Saxon, Hebrew, Latin and Greek but Irish, no matter how hard I try just ...
by vinobrien
Mon Sep 08, 2003 2:44 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Tutorial/summary Request
Replies: 8
Views: 3822

Re:Tutorial/summary Request

I still have a problem with this. I've read the texts and I can accurately but mechanically scan a line in Latin or Greek but, to be honest, I just can't feel the rhythm. <br /><br />I have a degree in English Literature and I play the drums (no jokes please) and have no problem with the stressed/ q...
by vinobrien
Mon Sep 08, 2003 2:32 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: hey!
Replies: 49
Views: 24065

Re:hey!

over 50% of our dictionary has words of Romantic origin! fascinating...<br />
<br /><br />I am oddly reminded of the father in "My BIg Fat Greek Wedding". <br />Father: Give me any word in English and I will show you it comes from Greek<br />Daughter's friend: How about "kimono"?
by vinobrien
Wed Sep 03, 2003 2:56 pm
Forum: The Agora
Topic: libris Caesorum
Replies: 14
Views: 10513

Re:libris Caesorum

et ursus nomine Paddington?
by vinobrien
Wed Sep 03, 2003 11:04 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Latin Vocab List
Replies: 13
Views: 5922

Re:Latin Vocab List

What a good resource! I didn't realise the boards published word lists in their course specifications. Thanks for that.
by vinobrien
Wed Sep 03, 2003 10:03 am
Forum: The Agora
Topic: Fatum pessimum
Replies: 46
Views: 49776

Re:Fatum pessimum

nefas! qua re vis necare magistris tuos? estne scola tua mala?<br /><br />et ubi in Gallia eras?
by vinobrien
Tue Sep 02, 2003 11:56 am
Forum: The Agora
Topic: Fatum pessimum
Replies: 46
Views: 49776

Re:Fatum pessimum

feriae aestivae in Gallia duas septimanas fructus sum...reditusne nunc et ego sum ad hanc?
by vinobrien
Tue Sep 02, 2003 11:49 am
Forum: The Agora
Topic: libris Caesorum
Replies: 14
Views: 10513

Re:libris Caesorum

Cur non leges Harrium Potterem in latina pristina?
by vinobrien
Thu Aug 14, 2003 2:23 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Delphoi
Replies: 7
Views: 5755

Re:Delphoi

[quote author=William Annis link=board=2;threadid=466;start=0#3905 date=1060865017]<br />Greagach, I'm not sure what you mean by a contraction of [size=150]εἰς αὐτόν. I know of no process that would cause [size=150]ει elide.<br />[/quote]<br /><br />The implication is a crasis of [size=150]γνῶθι εἰς αὐτόν to [size=150]γνῶθι σαυτόν but this is not the Delphic instruction as I have ever seen it.
by vinobrien
Thu Aug 14, 2003 12:23 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Why Learning is Horrible
Replies: 17
Views: 7436

Re:Why Learning is Horrible

Perhaps it is the centre of the donut that is the absolute nothing they are searching for in another thread.
by vinobrien
Thu Aug 14, 2003 12:21 pm
Forum: The Agora
Topic: Fatum pessimum
Replies: 46
Views: 49776

Re:Fatum pessimum

loquitur - deponens est, de forma passiva sed de intentione activa.
by vinobrien
Thu Aug 14, 2003 11:32 am
Forum: The Agora
Topic: Fatum pessimum
Replies: 46
Views: 49776

Re:Fatum pessimum

et ego non ludo sed libris doctus sum. amor huius linguae, tempus et libri tibi satis agerunt. 8)<br /><br />dicam, quot et quare preadam habet mater benissimi? intellegesne illam piratam esse?
by vinobrien
Tue Aug 12, 2003 11:58 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: An Encomium of Oxford
Replies: 13
Views: 5984

Re:An Encomium of Oxford

It's a difficult one and honestly I would suggest that you get in touch with the Tutor for Admissions at one of the colleges. Generally switching is not a good idea as course credits between countries are rarely possible. <br /><br />I can only say that I remember there being very few American under...
by vinobrien
Tue Aug 12, 2003 10:30 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: An Encomium of Oxford
Replies: 13
Views: 5984

An Encomium of Oxford

Following on from Why Latin?, Episcopus and Keesa both asked about Oxford. Raya may have heard all this before but here goes.<br /><br />I studied English Language and Literature at Keble College Oxford and enjoyed every moment. Oxford is one of the most beautiful places on Earth and one of the best...
by vinobrien
Tue Aug 12, 2003 10:07 am
Forum: The Agora
Topic: Fatum pessimum
Replies: 46
Views: 49776

Re:Fatum pessimum

Tibi suscensebit Episcopus noster.
by vinobrien
Tue Aug 12, 2003 9:54 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Do you SPEAK Latin?
Replies: 24
Views: 15301

Re:Do you SPEAK Latin?

Latin penpal? Chat online? Can someone tell me why we don't just use the Agora? Is it purely episcophobia or do we truly fear so much showing our grammatical uncertainty?