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by vinobrien
Mon Jul 28, 2003 2:15 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Literary Terms and Devices
Replies: 8
Views: 7403

Re:Literary Terms and Devices

Suddenly I'm convinced of how important Euphemism really is.
by vinobrien
Mon Jul 28, 2003 1:50 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Where to begin?
Replies: 67
Views: 38469

Re:Where to begin?

There is a book called "Read Latin" by Peter Jones which is a really easy read. It lacks detail, skips over an awful lot but is very short and user friendly. It was based on his Latin course that ran in the Daily Telegraph in the UK a few years back. It gives you enough to start reading Latin and to...
by vinobrien
Mon Jul 28, 2003 1:42 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Word of the Day
Replies: 57
Views: 33344

Re:Word of the Day

So far 13, absit omen, people have answered the poll. How would we organise the production of the "phrase for today"? First come, first in?
by vinobrien
Fri Jul 25, 2003 8:43 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Corneli Nepotis M. Cato
Replies: 6
Views: 4347

Re:Corneli Nepotis M. Cato

I reckon<br /><br />magnique opera eius - the deeds of which great man<br /><br />Quaestor... - the questorship fell to...<br />non pro sortis necessitudine is as you translate it, the latin idiom is that he lived, but his living is described as not in accordance with the requirement of the lots.<br...
by vinobrien
Thu Jul 24, 2003 2:59 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Typing those Latin long vowels
Replies: 16
Views: 11273

Re:Typing those Latin long vowels

I think the v's and j's can make reading a lot easier: I'm with Mr Chips on weny weady weaky and it's certainly easier to spot the meanings of conveniunt or conjunctus in text as an English speaker. But I do remember someone once telling me that "I Clavdivs" was on TV. <br /><br />All this just gets...
by vinobrien
Wed Jul 23, 2003 2:39 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: New Member and new owner of Harrius Potter...
Replies: 3
Views: 3203

Re:New Member and new owner of Harrius Potter...

I hate to be a nerd, but isn't birotula automataria a motorbike? ;)
by vinobrien
Mon Jul 21, 2003 4:12 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Latin Dictionaries
Replies: 16
Views: 9098

Re:Latin Dictionaries

Just out of interest, I've had an argument with the wife over the weekend. She and m-in-law (Welsh speaking) were trying to convince me that the letter i does not exist in Welsh. I mentioned Eisteddfod, but they said that ei was an exception. Sounds like cheating to me, o doctissimi, and your recent...
by vinobrien
Fri Jul 18, 2003 2:20 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Latin Grammar Site
Replies: 15
Views: 12134

Re:Latin Grammar Site

Try scanning the line (if it's verse) <br />or look for an adjective (if it's worse).
by vinobrien
Fri Jul 18, 2003 8:53 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: I am studying....
Replies: 27
Views: 18142

Re:I am studying....

Open University second year Greek, having done all the Latin they have a couple of years ago. I've just finished the University College London Summer School in Classics, Advanced Latin, and enjoyed it hugely.
by vinobrien
Mon Jul 14, 2003 4:22 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Latin language books are unlike other language books
Replies: 12
Views: 10642

Re:Latin language books are unlike other language books

Catullus was a northerner and he would use various dialect words which now look like real, Roman Latin but Lesbia must have thought really odd. He also refers to a kiss as an osculus as well as a suavium. He is also credited with using words borrowed from book-keeping, so anything's possible.<br /><...
by vinobrien
Mon Jul 14, 2003 3:35 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: What I hate
Replies: 12
Views: 7872

Re:What I hate

Your sense of irony is, in this case, aligned with the Italian government. However, without wishing to throw a spaniard into the works, don't our Iberian friends call the old boy theethero? And the German girl I've just been speaking to definately called the other one K-eye-zahr.
by vinobrien
Thu Jul 10, 2003 4:21 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Word Order
Replies: 69
Views: 49027

Re:Word Order

I in the middle of the University College London Summer School in Latin which consists of unprepared viva voce translation of Vergil in a very small group. While this is probably not legal in some states of America, it is regarded as a valid and educative passtime here. <br /><br />Whilst waiting fo...
by vinobrien
Thu Jul 10, 2003 4:02 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Literacy in Ancient Greece and Rome
Replies: 6
Views: 7654

Re:Literacy in Ancient Greece and Rome

Wouldn't the existence (and quality) of Latin graffiti tend to suggest that some book learnin' was had by the lower orders. The famous graffito "illa amo" is used as an example of how the terminal "m" was not pronounced in spoken Latin (as we all know from our scansion exercises), however it also su...
by vinobrien
Thu Jul 10, 2003 3:43 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Harry Potter in our favorite languages
Replies: 47
Views: 35073

Re:Harry Potter in our favorite languages

My Harrius Potter arrived at the weekend and since then I've been trying to read more about the wizards dressed in Greek cloaks (!), as well as now knowing the latin for screech owl, I feel a sudden facility with spoken Latin, especially that used by TV presenters...<br /><br />Bloomsbury are still promising [size=150]ἁρριος ποττερ και ὁ του φιλοσοφου λιθος for this time next year and there is no evidence of a lunate sigma on their website.
by vinobrien
Thu Jul 03, 2003 8:31 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: question
Replies: 3
Views: 3585

Re:question

conjunctus pro bono publico?<br /><br />We use the expression "pro bono" in advertising to refer to work done for charities.
by vinobrien
Wed Jul 02, 2003 3:51 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Next Steps after Wheelock
Replies: 7
Views: 12525

Re:Next Steps after Wheelock

My Moreland and Fleischer arrived just this morn and it's the best twenty quid I've spent in a long time. ;D<br /><br />It has really convinced me that "read one grammar, read 'em all" is just nor true and, even though you might have devoured Wheelock, it's not the only dish on the menu. Mind you, m...
by vinobrien
Mon Jun 30, 2003 10:16 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: House, masculine or feminine?
Replies: 4
Views: 5082

Re:House, masculine or feminine?

I thought [size=150]δώματα had the sense of a mansion or a big house in Homer. Calypso invites Odysseus to stay in her [size=150]δώματα which, since it belongs to a [size=150]δια θεαων, I assumed was quite palatial. But you never can tell with the non-Olympian ones and she does complain to Hermes that he never comes to visit.<br /><br />Now, what word is used for Odysseus's home...
by vinobrien
Thu Jun 19, 2003 10:18 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Harry Potter in our favorite languages
Replies: 47
Views: 35073

Re:Harry Potter in our favorite languages

Just to let you all know that Harrius Potter et Phiosophi Lapis comes out on July 7th and can be pre-ordered on the Bloomsbury site or on Amazon. They are still promising the Ancient Greek version for next year.<br /><br /> 'Dominus et Domina Dursley, qui vivebant in aedibus Gestationis Ligustrorum ...
by vinobrien
Wed Jun 18, 2003 10:23 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: In Need of a Brush-Up
Replies: 1
Views: 3105

Re:In Need of a Brush-Up

Try Hillard and North's Greek Prose Composition (with key). There are grammar points and an extensive vocabulary for each set of exercises. Really good. It's on the big side, but I just print out a couple of pages at a time and work through them.
by vinobrien
Wed Jun 18, 2003 9:41 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Another Publisher I thought of
Replies: 4
Views: 4338

Re:Another Publisher I thought of

They are prompt in sending things out and quite small scale. As far as I can tell there are two women who get the books off the shelves, put them in an envelope and give them to the courrier when he calls at 4:00 p.m. Very much a cottage industry, but I usually get books I order two days after I've ...
by vinobrien
Wed Jun 18, 2003 9:37 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Katharos=pure in Greek, what about in Latin?
Replies: 4
Views: 5505

Re:Katharos=pure in Greek, what about in Latin?

inviolatus? integrus? ;)
by vinobrien
Tue Jun 17, 2003 11:45 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: NULLA DIES SINE LINEA
Replies: 3
Views: 5747

Re:NULLA DIES SINE LINEA

Dies can be masculine or feminine depending on whether it's a normal day or a special day (and I can never remember which is which). Linea is a line (in the ablative).<br /><br />So it's "never a day without a line" (i.e. writing/drawing something), a good motto for a school, but I'd expect more tha...
by vinobrien
Tue Jun 17, 2003 11:07 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Another Publisher I thought of
Replies: 4
Views: 4338

Re:Another Publisher I thought of

You might try the Hellenic Bookservice on www.hellenicbookservice.co.uk. Yes they are on the other side of the world from you but they do post and they seem to stock just about everything. The site is a little impenetrable but it's worth e-mailing them with your requests. I use them a lot as prices ...
by vinobrien
Fri Jun 13, 2003 9:09 am
Forum: The Agora
Topic: Quomodo oppidum meum declinari debet?
Replies: 8
Views: 7312

Re:Quomodo oppidum meum declinari debet?

nomen oppidi mei, "Maidenhead", significat Virginitas, suntne igitur incolae illius "virgines" nominari? certe illi non se conognoscent in hoc nomine!
by vinobrien
Thu Jun 12, 2003 1:19 pm
Forum: The Agora
Topic: Quomodo oppidum meum declinari debet?
Replies: 8
Views: 7312

Re:Quomodo oppidum meum declinari debet?

inter jocum, quantum equidem judicare possum, y per i scribere erat. verbum "Sictivcarii", quamquam sanum non sit, magis idoneus et reverentior mihi videtur. 8)
by vinobrien
Wed Jun 11, 2003 9:13 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Gratias ago, Erica!
Replies: 7
Views: 6424

Re:Gratias ago, Erica!

Just to say that my "English Grammar for Students of Latin "arrived yesterday and I'm finally begining to understand the difference between gerunds and gerundives. <br /><br />"All the Greek Verbs" also arrived and is already showing signs of wear.<br /><br />Vincent
by vinobrien
Mon Jun 09, 2003 9:54 am
Forum: The Agora
Topic: Quomodo oppidum meum declinari debet?
Replies: 8
Views: 7312

Re:Quomodo oppidum meum declinari debet?

commodiusne erit "Sictivcar, Sictivcaris" scribere, et igitur incolae "Sictivcarii" nominari? <br /><br />vivant Sictivcarii!!
by vinobrien
Fri Jun 06, 2003 1:34 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: ablative absolutes
Replies: 10
Views: 10439

Re:ablative absolutes

I think ablative absolute is a single semantic unit, a portmanteau noun which English, unlike other languages, likes to keep as separate words rather than spelling contiguously. This is why Sebastian's flipping the order game makes the words seem odd - they are spelt as two words but are semanticall...
by vinobrien
Fri Jun 06, 2003 1:24 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Need help, please.
Replies: 4
Views: 4374

Re:Need help, please.

So what's the difference implied here? And is there a difference between these words and senex? Anyone got a new OLD?
by vinobrien
Thu Jun 05, 2003 9:38 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Help needed
Replies: 1
Views: 2820

Re:Help needed

sine dubio would fit the bill.
by vinobrien
Thu Jun 05, 2003 9:35 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Need help, please.
Replies: 4
Views: 4374

Re:Need help, please.

quin tu istanc orationem hinc veterem atque antiquam amoves<br /><br />Why don't you put aside this old-fashioned and ancient speech of yours<br /><br />Without the context it's a bit difficult to know what oratio refers to here, a manner of speaking or a set speech. I'm also not sure what the diffe...
by vinobrien
Thu May 29, 2003 3:54 pm
Forum: Wheelock's Latin
Topic: Rant against Wheelock's Latin
Replies: 68
Views: 77243

Re:Rant against Wheelock's Latin

I'll get a copy on your recommendation. I'm still a fan of Wheelock's Reader, however.
by vinobrien
Wed May 21, 2003 4:23 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Need help in translating this
Replies: 2
Views: 3353

Re:Need help in translating this

They are datives, multa and omnia are nominative neuter plurals so it reads<br /><br />many things are lacking to poverty, everything is lacking to greed<br /><br />or to make it neater<br /><br />the poor lack much, the greedy lack everything.
by vinobrien
Wed May 21, 2003 10:30 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Harry Potter in our favorite languages
Replies: 47
Views: 35073

Re:Harry Potter in our favorite languages

There are quite a few of these on the market - Winnie ille Pu and domus anguli Puensis seem to be out of print in the UK but I gather that, following a recent film version in the original language, quomodo invidiosulus nomine Grinchus Christi Natalem abrogaverit is now available.<br /><br />I've tri...
by vinobrien
Tue May 20, 2003 11:45 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Lexicons
Replies: 11
Views: 8421

Re:Lexicons

I use the middle Liddell too but I also have a plastic bound Langenscheidt for those "awkward monents" when the I'm reading on the sofa, the wife is watching ER and the blessed work of L&S would cause logistical problems in the manipulation of my gin and tonic.
by vinobrien
Tue May 20, 2003 11:36 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: how this passage translates (especially the last sentence)?
Replies: 4
Views: 5816

Re:how this passage translates (especially the last sentence

I think this is your homework from Wheelock, Alexander standing before the tomb of Achilles...
by vinobrien
Tue May 20, 2003 11:10 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Harry Potter in our favorite languages
Replies: 47
Views: 35073

Re:Harry Potter in our favorite languages

I did notice on the shelves as I left home this morning<br /><br />Ursus nomine Paddington<br />Asterix Gallus<br />Caesaris Bellum Helveticum (in comic book form)<br /><br />I suspect the Harry Potter will end up next to them...<br /><br />By the way, I also have a CD by a man called Doctor Ammond ...
by vinobrien
Wed May 14, 2003 4:25 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Litteras Ciceroni
Replies: 7
Views: 7750

Re:Litteras Ciceroni

Yes, but the fun is like solving a crossword puzzle - suddenly the sentence comes into focus and you understand what it was all about. Sometimes.<br /><br />I've long wanted to be able to read Latin as Latin, not by squinting at the page and waiting for the spirit to move me. In Verrem was the most ...
by vinobrien
Fri May 09, 2003 4:22 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Middle?
Replies: 7
Views: 8004

Re:Middle?

Yes. I would have used an active of pauw + accusative + participle agreeing with it.<br /><br />Maybe someone (like your tutor?) could shed some light on this one.<br /><br />Vincent.
by vinobrien
Fri May 09, 2003 4:06 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: For new members
Replies: 19
Views: 17813

Re:For new members

In a spirit of common disclosure: I'm Vincent. I have a Master's from Oxford in English Language and Literature and have, over the years, had to work in (deep breath) French, Spanish, Italian, German, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Dutch, Catalan and Portuguese. <br /><br />As well as the Anglo-Saxon I...