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by Didymus
Mon Sep 13, 2010 12:23 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Renaissanse Neo-Latin Ortography
Replies: 15
Views: 5831

Re: Renaissanse Neo-Latin Ortography

One thing I don't think anyone has mentioned here is the use of quum for "when" to distinguish from cum for "with" - you can see that here in a late 17th-century printed book of Aesop's fables: http://mythfolklore.net/aesopica/barlow/29.htm look there for: quum Canis confestim sese erigens... cum i...
by Didymus
Sun Aug 01, 2010 5:54 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Latin Reference Grammar and Lexicon
Replies: 2
Views: 1835

Re: Latin Reference Grammar and Lexicon

Grammars: Kühner-Stegmann ( Ausführliche Grammatik der lateinischen Sprache , 2 parts in 3 volumes) and Leumann-Hoffmann-Szantyr ( Lateinische Grammatik , 3 volumes [vol. 3 = index]) are the indispensable Latin grammars. If you are doing very serious philological work you'll need to consult both. Le...
by Didymus
Tue Apr 13, 2010 9:44 pm
Forum: Composition Board
Topic: Rate my elegiac couplet!
Replies: 8
Views: 7006

Re: Rate my elegiac couplet!

Yes, what you've got is now metrical. I'm a little skeptical about nihilum (at any rate in elegiacs, and probably in general in the nominative), and I think you've lost something by no longer having mihi . Nevertheless, how much you want to continue to tinker is up to you. It doesn't make sense to o...
by Didymus
Tue Apr 13, 2010 12:43 am
Forum: Composition Board
Topic: Rate my elegiac couplet!
Replies: 8
Views: 7006

Re: Rate my elegiac couplet!

A few quick thoughts. First, peius has here become a spondee, so metrical problems again ensue. It's getting better though. In the pentameter, only write acris if you are female (or perhaps following Ennius). What sense of the adjective are you looking for here? Ego at the end is a bit of a cop-out,...
by Didymus
Mon Apr 12, 2010 12:53 pm
Forum: Composition Board
Topic: Rate my elegiac couplet!
Replies: 8
Views: 7006

Re: Rate my elegiac couplet!

Few things can draw me out of the library these days, but verse composition is one of them. A few notes: Ending a pentameter with a trisyllable is perhaps a matter of taste, and so I shall say only de gustibus . The sentiment and pointed antithesis are very Latin-elegiac, as is of course the phrase ...
by Didymus
Fri Jul 17, 2009 12:55 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: apparatus criticus
Replies: 2
Views: 1664

Re: apparatus criticus

This list is a good jumping off point, with the added virtue of being available online. Unusual abbreviations are often spelled out in a preface. I've also seen at least one printed list in a German handbook. Are there any particular abbreviations that are troubling you?
by Didymus
Wed Jan 21, 2009 1:24 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Please advise if you see a mistake.
Replies: 122
Views: 27403

Re: Please advise if you see a mistake.

Also, if it's not too much trouble, what would you say are the worst instances of, or most illustrative of, strange latinity rather than ungrammatical latin, from the above passages? I know it would help me (perhaps others, too?). I am afraid that this will have to wait for another day. In any even...
by Didymus
Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:49 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Please advise if you see a mistake.
Replies: 122
Views: 27403

Re: Please advise if you see a mistake.

(2) ostendere : what you have is not incomprehensible, especially knowing in advance what it's supposed to be, but me exprimere is the better idiom. I don't think I see what you see in the dictionaries, B. In partic. 1. To show, express, indicate by speech or signs; to give to understand, to declar...
by Didymus
Tue Jan 20, 2009 1:14 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Please advise if you see a mistake.
Replies: 122
Views: 27403

Re: Please advise if you see a mistake.

For my brevity I apologize: after yesterday's holiday it's back to the real world today. A selective reply (omissions imply neither agreement nor disagreement), hysteron proteron, more Homerico : (1) Subjunctive: cf. AG 540 n. 3, non quod etc. when introducing a denied reason take the subjunctive. (...
by Didymus
Mon Jan 19, 2009 4:25 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Please advise if you see a mistake.
Replies: 122
Views: 27403

Re: Please advise if you see a mistake.

Thanks a lot, Interaxe. Very kind of you. And please forgive me the mistakes which are everywhere! I'm a novice in the same boat. They're all extracts from a program I'm writing, called Mundus (copyright Adrian Mallon), which is similar to Comenius's Orbis Sensualium Pictus , but updated and intera...
by Didymus
Tue Jan 06, 2009 2:51 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Topical (once) elegiacs at aoidoi.org
Replies: 2
Views: 1120

Re: Topical (once) elegiacs at aoidoi.org

Right, that is sensible enough, and what I had assumed. I suppose I had been led to expect a more literal ὁδός to answer the question, thus I was looking for an ἀγαπῶσαν uel sim. The change feels rather forced to me. In any event, one must certainly give credit for a well-titled poem!
by Didymus
Mon Jan 05, 2009 9:18 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Topical (once) elegiacs at aoidoi.org
Replies: 2
Views: 1120

Topical (once) elegiacs at aoidoi.org

I missed David Sansone's topical elegiacs when they were posted back in October. Now that I see them, can someone explain to me the function of ἀγαπῶν in the pentameter line?
by Didymus
Thu Dec 18, 2008 6:47 pm
Forum: Homeric Greek and Early Greek Poetry
Topic: Lesson IV, typo?
Replies: 7
Views: 4084

Re: Lesson IV, typo?

PeterD wrote:In one section of Pharr, the 2nd pers. sing. ind. act. of φημί, has the iota subscript (554); in another section (967), it does not. Which one is correct? Both?
See Smyth sec. 784: "Instead of φῄς, the spelling φής is infrequently found."
by Didymus
Wed Dec 03, 2008 4:47 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Why does inflection always die?
Replies: 25
Views: 9063

Re: Why does inflection always die?

vir litterarum wrote:... we discussed in class today how the genitive is being replaced in spoken German in most instances by von+ dative.
Na ja, der Dativ ist dem Genitiv sein Tod.
by Didymus
Sat Oct 11, 2008 1:33 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Greek word for "wanker."
Replies: 2
Views: 1918

Dem. 54.14, 54.16: α?τολήκυθος. As for wanker, well, that's interpretive.
by Didymus
Sat Aug 30, 2008 12:45 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Pro Archia
Replies: 17
Views: 5062


by Didymus
Tue Aug 26, 2008 12:22 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Pro Archia
Replies: 17
Views: 5062

A few very brief notes: Ac ne QUIS a nobis (and lest anyone from (among) us) hoc (this (oration)) ita (in this fashion) dici (is being presented/said (by me)) forte MIRETUR, (by chance MAY WONDER) Take a nobis (= a me ) with dici . hoc refers to what Cicero has just said (sec. 1), not the speech as ...
by Didymus
Sun Aug 24, 2008 7:00 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Pro Archia
Replies: 17
Views: 5062

If you think that this is poetry, you need more help than I can give you. The same likely holds true if you don't even know where to begin. However, in the interest of trying to make some progress here: start at the beginning, read left to right. Start with ac ... miretur . What can you make of this...
by Didymus
Mon Aug 18, 2008 3:58 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: English to Latin
Replies: 6
Views: 2504

I have not looked at your earlier Bradley's Arnold effort, although you are certainly to be commended for undertaking it. I've somewhat hastily prepared a version of the Nash exercise without reference to yours: Postridie mane Henricus cum exercitum Gallicum percepisset multo esse maiorem suo legato...
by Didymus
Fri Aug 08, 2008 1:30 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Most difficult text
Replies: 6
Views: 2652

Lycophron, Alexandra. Why? Well, try reading it.
by Didymus
Sun Jul 13, 2008 4:26 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Learning German in Preparation for Graduate School
Replies: 2
Views: 1259

Lots. Learn as much German as you can as early as you can if you are serious about scholarly research in Classics. The old joke is only too true: to be a Classicist, Greek and Latin are important, but German is essential.
by Didymus
Fri Jul 11, 2008 4:39 pm
Forum: Koine and Biblical and Medieval Greek
Topic: A curious find: Χ?ίστος Πάσχων
Replies: 1
Views: 3483

As a point of perhaps some general interest, the Christus Patiens is especially important for textual criticism of the Bacchae.
by Didymus
Sat Jun 14, 2008 4:05 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Biceps and Triceps
Replies: 8
Views: 2941

Re: Biceps and Triceps

So, therefore the plural is either "bicipites" or "bicipita" — in English, since biceps is merely a Latin adjective, should we use the m/f or neuter plural form? I suppose musculi bicipites would justify the m/f form "bicipites" in English. Quid putatis? I shall only observe that the plural is ce...
by Didymus
Sat Jun 07, 2008 12:08 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: De Litteris Ciceronis
Replies: 6
Views: 2095

D.R. Shackleton-Bailey's editions. The Select Letters in the Cambridge Green and Yellow series is a reasonable place to start; from there you can move on to his comprehensive scholarly editions (likewise Cambridge) if you are so inclined.
by Didymus
Mon May 26, 2008 11:44 pm
Forum: The Agora
Topic: Woohoo!
Replies: 5
Views: 4459


by Didymus
Mon May 26, 2008 9:13 pm
Forum: The Agora
Topic: Woohoo!
Replies: 5
Views: 4459

εὖ γε, ἀλλὰ τὸ "Ἄ?ην" ο?χ εὑ?ίσκεται ?ν τῆι Ἀττικῆι γλώσσηι ο?δὲ ?ν διαλέκτωι ἄλληι· μᾶλλον οὖν γ?άφεται τὸ "Ἄ?η." τάχ’ ἂν μὲν ἔγ?αψα ἔγωγε τὸ "π?οσέσχηκε" ἀντὶ τοῦ "π?οσέσχεν," τὸ δὲ ῥῆμα ο? μόνον ?ν τούτωι τῶι χ?όνωι ἀλλὰ καὶ σὺν ?κείνηι τῆι διανοίαι ο?χ οἶός τ’ εἰμι εὑ?εῖν. σὺ τί οἴει, ὦ σοφώτατ’...
by Didymus
Fri May 23, 2008 7:19 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Please help me tranlate this phrase :)
Replies: 15
Views: 5474

Didymus omnem diem does not mean "every day" in Latin, or at any rate not in classical Latin . Sorry for sullying this thread with a mistake. May you at least tell me why it doesn't mean "every day"? Some things may not be as obvious to me, and perhaps some others, as they may be to you. <pre></pre...
by Didymus
Fri May 23, 2008 2:13 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Please help me tranlate this phrase :)
Replies: 15
Views: 5474

May I suggest: <b>Omnem diem te desidero.</b> omnem diem does not mean "every day" in Latin, or at any rate not in classical Latin. Salve Didyme. According to Lewis & Short, serius classically means "grave", "serious", "ernest", as the opposite of sportive and jocular, and is only used when speakin...
by Didymus
Thu May 22, 2008 4:35 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Please help me tranlate this phrase :)
Replies: 15
Views: 5474

"serius"? I mean, you're right, but my first impression was that it was the comparative of "sere," "late." "gravius" feels more visceral to me. And "dies noctesque" in the accusative? Have you seen that before? Point the first: grauius , being neuter, is unsuitable. I see no problem with any potent...
by Didymus
Thu May 22, 2008 3:26 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Please help me tranlate this phrase :)
Replies: 15
Views: 5474

Ah, I suppose I did not misread. Well, in any event, I leave deleted the portion of my earlier post that dealt with the now-changed portion of yours.
by Didymus
Thu May 22, 2008 3:16 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Please help me tranlate this phrase :)
Replies: 15
Views: 5474

If you're not concerned with literalness and want poetry, I would probably simply write poetry: O mater, sine te doleo noctesque diesque is a fine hexameter, for example. Once we depart from relative literalness, we could come up with lots of possible translations, but I'm not sure that this is the ...
by Didymus
Thu May 22, 2008 2:01 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Please help me tranlate this phrase :)
Replies: 15
Views: 5474

cottidie te desidero would serve. If cottidie feels too quotidian, you could try dies noctesque te desidero . desidero is the right word to use (it is often used of the dead), but do beware that it can have alternative erotic connotations: a close English equivalent might be "long for." Does this h...
by Didymus
Tue May 20, 2008 4:46 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: The Renaissance "Rediscovery" of Greek in the West
Replies: 18
Views: 10544

If you're interested in this subject, Nigel Wilson should become your best friend. Scribes and Scholars , Scholars of Byzantium , and From Byzantium to Italy are all relevant. Scribes and Scholars ought to be mandatory reading for everything interested in classics anyway. If you have access to a uni...
by Didymus
Thu May 15, 2008 8:47 pm
Forum: Latin For Beginners by D'Ooge
Topic: Several questions: P60Ex145, P65Ex155, etc.
Replies: 13
Views: 9726

or plural: femina templumque pulchra sunt The final construction is common with inanimate objects of any gender. However, at least in prose, I would strive to avoid neutering beautiful ladies. Does anyone known of an example with a personal object accompanied by a neuter nominative outside of poetr...
by Didymus
Fri May 02, 2008 1:46 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Grex Latine Loquentium
Replies: 48
Views: 19678

I feel exactly the same way. I continue to receive the messages in digest form every day, and I avoid topics that will obviously be full of bile. Unfortunately this means that many days I read none of the messages. I think you have captured their tone perfectly, and while it may just be a few contri...
by Didymus
Sat Apr 12, 2008 11:10 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Bradley's Arnold Composition thread
Replies: 5
Views: 1800

Rufus Gulielmus wrote:Have you used Bradley's Arnold yourself?
I have indeed. It is much to be recommended.
by Didymus
Fri Apr 11, 2008 3:16 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Bradley's Arnold Composition thread
Replies: 5
Views: 1800

Rufus Gulielmus wrote: 1. There is more than one Roman, so I used the genitive plural. Is this wrong?
There is more than one Roman, but only one populus Romanus. Populus is a collective noun.
by Didymus
Sat Mar 15, 2008 5:52 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Key for Bradley's Arnold Latin Prose Composition
Replies: 9
Views: 8902

In the same thread Didymus (great Bradley fan!) floats the idea of forming a group of Bradley fans to compare solutions. He was also thinking of posting online his personal macron-marked version (when he ‘felt energetic’). That would be nice too! Cheers, Int This offer still stands, more or les...