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by phil
Sat Apr 03, 2010 1:20 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Have I got these right?
Replies: 6
Views: 2333

Have I got these right?

I have been struggling with these excerpts from Romae Virii for the last couple of months, and I think I have finally cracked them, but I would appreciate it if someone would verify that. The English is fairly crunchy in places, because I'm trying to transliterate rather than translate, if you know ...
by phil
Tue Feb 23, 2010 1:22 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Cryptic crosswords
Replies: 0
Views: 869

Cryptic crosswords

Hi all,

I've just posted a cryptic crossword on the Learning Latin board. Anyone that enjoys doing them is welcome to give it a go. I'd like to know if anyone here does them.

Cheers
Phil
by phil
Tue Feb 23, 2010 1:20 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: verba decussatim occulta - explicationes(answers)
Replies: 0
Views: 895

verba decussatim occulta - explicationes(answers)

Here are the answers to the crossword I've posted. I hope you've had fun. I'm particularly pleased with 8ac, 13ac, 14ac and 7d. I thought they were the funniest, although 17ac and 12d were pretty good too. Across 1 Imperium 7 Anser 8 Languidus 9 Rus 10 Crus 11 Urtica 13 Hospes 14 Cicuta 17 Inulae 18...
by phil
Tue Feb 23, 2010 1:19 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: verba decussatim occulta (cryptic crosswords)
Replies: 0
Views: 1011

verba decussatim occulta (cryptic crosswords)

For some years now I've been addicted to cryptic crosswords. I've decided to have a go at compiling them. Here's my first one. The clues are in English, but the answers are Latin words. Let me know how you get on! If you like them I'll post more. Or, if you prefer, I could do some with normal clues,...
by phil
Tue Feb 23, 2010 1:18 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: A question - and a rant
Replies: 3
Views: 1524

A question - and a rant

Tarquinius's son has gone to the Gabinos as a spy: Benīgnē ā Gabīnīs exceptus paulātim eōrum benevolentiam cōnsequitur, fictīs blanditiīs ita eōs adliciēns, ut apud omnēs plūrimum posset , et ad postrēmum dux bellī ēligerētur. Kindly welcomed by the Gabini, gradually he cultivated their goodwill by ...
by phil
Tue Feb 23, 2010 1:17 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: More questions from Romae Viri
Replies: 15
Views: 4227

More questions from Romae Viri

In a story about Horatius Cocles: Porsena, rēx Etruscōrum, ad restituendōs in rēgnum Tarquiniōs īnfestō exercitū Rōmam vēnit. Porsena, the king of the Etruscans, to restore the Tarquins to power, came to Rome ... It can't be just with his aggressive army, or it would be cum īnfestō exercitū, wouldn'...
by phil
Thu Jan 21, 2010 1:18 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Macrons
Replies: 1
Views: 1019

Macrons

Can someone tell me how to get macrons in my posts? I use an internet cafe, so I can't install anything on the computer. Can I prepare my questions in Wordpad or Word and paste them in somehow? How do other people manage it?

Cheers
Phil
by phil
Thu Jan 21, 2010 1:17 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Some More Loose Ends
Replies: 1
Views: 726

Some More Loose Ends

These are a couple of other areas in Romae Viri that I can't get quite right in my head. After the Battle of the triplets, the surviving Roman kills his whining sister, but gets let off punishment on appeal. Ut tamen caedes manifesta expiaretur, pater quibusdam scrificiis peractis transmisit per via...
by phil
Thu Jan 21, 2010 1:16 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Romae Viri - A Few Loose Ends
Replies: 3
Views: 1043

Romae Viri - A Few Loose Ends

Here are a few extracts from Romae Viri I'm having trouble with. I could really use some help with them. Romulus has built his city, populated it from bandits and shepherds from his refuge, and has now asked the neighbours for the right to marry their women. The neighbours are less than sympathetic ...
by phil
Tue Jan 12, 2010 8:57 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Indirect Conditions & Questions
Replies: 2
Views: 1901

Indirect Conditions & Questions

I am trying to learn how to swap between direct and indirect conditions and questions. Here are four I'm having a go at. The sentences below in bold are the original indirect Latin, and the direct versions in Latin, and the English translations, are my attempt. (The English is really crunchy, becaus...
by phil
Tue Nov 03, 2009 12:51 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: A genitive and a relative pronoun
Replies: 11
Views: 3578

A genitive and a relative pronoun

There are a couple of things in the story about the life of Caius Marius that are causing me grief: Ibi cum in locis solitariis sederet, venit ad eum lictor Sextili praetoris, qui tum Africam obtinebat. Ab hoc, quem numquam laesisset, Marius humanitatis tamen aliquod officium expectabat;... There, w...
by phil
Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:26 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: An Eclipse Foretold
Replies: 3
Views: 1652

Re: An Eclipse Foretold

Thanks for that, but I have a question about the way the date is specified. Nocte quam pridie nonas Septembris insecuta est dies , edita hora... I looked at the back of the book to see what the notes said, and it said: pridie etc. : this phrase, being a date, is in apposition with dies , as if it we...
by phil
Mon Sep 21, 2009 1:35 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: The use of "in", accusative or ablative?
Replies: 3
Views: 1621

Re: The use of "in", accusative or ablative?

My tuppence worth. 'in' followed by the accusative means into, followed by the ablative means actually in. for example 'in aquam' means into the water, 'in aqua' menas actually in the water. So the answer to your question is, I think, when he went into exile iit in exsilium , but once there erat in ...
by phil
Mon Sep 21, 2009 1:29 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: An Eclipse Foretold
Replies: 3
Views: 1652

An Eclipse Foretold

This is the first time I've come across an indirect speech of more than one sentence and there are one or two areas where I'm having problems. It could be that I don't understand indirect speech, or I'm just thick! Castris permunitis, C Sulpicius Gallus, tribunus militum secondae legionis, qui praet...
by phil
Thu Sep 10, 2009 10:48 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: The Haunted House
Replies: 2
Views: 2359

The Haunted House

There are a quite a few areas in this story about a haunted house that I could use some help with. I have cut out all the stuff I understand, and highlighted the bits I need help with in bold. [The house and its spectre are introduced] Inde inhabitantibus tristes diraeque noctes per metum vigilabant...
by phil
Tue Sep 01, 2009 1:31 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Unexpected singular and plural
Replies: 4
Views: 1978

Unexpected singular and plural

These are in a letter about the death of a girl. Ut illa patris cervicibus inhaerebat. Oh how she used to cling to her father's neck. But why is cervix plural? And later, when her father is listing what he was going to buy for her upcoming wedding: quod in vestis, margarita, gemmas fuerat erogaturus...
by phil
Tue Sep 01, 2009 1:29 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Cicero's letters to his wife.
Replies: 7
Views: 4190

Cicero's letters to his wife.

These two letters are giving me grief. Valetudinem tuam velim cures diligentissime. Nam mihi et scriptum et nuntiatum est te in febrim subito incidisse. Quod celeriter me fecisti de Caesaris litteris certiorem, fecisti mihi gratum.Item, posthac, si quid opus erit , si quid acciderit novi, facies ut ...
by phil
Fri Aug 21, 2009 12:44 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Death of Pompey
Replies: 3
Views: 1486

Re: Death of Pompey

Thanks guys,
Yes, about 3 days after I posted this I realised that I had appellere confused with appellare. When I got that it all became clear. :oops:
Phil
by phil
Mon Aug 10, 2009 1:37 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Death of Pompey
Replies: 3
Views: 1486

Death of Pompey

Hi all, This is the end of the story of The Death of Pompey, a story in Second Year Latin: His tunc cognitis rebus, amici regis, qui propter aetatem eius in procuratione erant regni, sive timore adducti ne Pompeius Alexandriam Aegyptumque occuparet, sive despecta eius fortuna, eis qui erant ab eo mi...
by phil
Thu Jul 02, 2009 10:47 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Present participle vs the Gerund
Replies: 5
Views: 4869

Re: Present participle vs the Gerund

Thanks, Rusty. I appreciate your comments. Next week I start the chapter on the gerundive!
by phil
Wed Jul 01, 2009 7:57 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Jason and the subsidia
Replies: 2
Views: 1155

Re: Jason and the subsidia

Ah thankyou. This has had me stumped for days.

Phil
by phil
Wed Jul 01, 2009 3:45 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Present participle vs the Gerund
Replies: 5
Views: 4869

Re: Present participle vs the Gerund

The present particple is, as you say an adjective, and it describes a noun. A loving father is pater amans . The word amans is an adjective and declines to agree with its noun. The son of the loving father is filius patris amantis . However the gerund is a verbal noun. i.e. the act of loving can its...
by phil
Wed Jul 01, 2009 3:32 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Jason and the subsidia
Replies: 2
Views: 1155

Jason and the subsidia

Hi, I'm reading a simple story about the Argonauts, and near the beginning, after the crew has been assembled: ...then Jason having waited a few days, ut ad omnis casus subsidia compararet , launched the ship. Without looking a a dictionary, I assumed that subsidia might have something to do with su...
by phil
Wed Apr 08, 2009 8:50 pm
Forum: Wheelock's Latin
Topic: Ch 24 Paragraph 2
Replies: 3
Views: 3620

Re: Ch 24 Paragraph 2

I know this is an old post, but I've just done that bit in Wheelock, so it's fresh in my mind. 'quid' here is the neuter of the interrogative pronoun (quis, quid, who? what? in chapter 19). The extra optional exercises section at the back for chapter 19 has two sentences: 'quid vos terret?' - what i...
by phil
Wed Apr 08, 2009 8:37 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: olim erat puella ex nantucket!
Replies: 8
Views: 2924

Re: olim erat puella ex nantucket!

Thanks guys - I did't know whether to use ex or ab - I just tossed a coin.
I'll try reading that poem (in elegaic couplet) using Benissimus's advice. Cheers.
by phil
Tue Apr 07, 2009 3:23 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: olim erat puella ex nantucket!
Replies: 8
Views: 2924

olim erat puella ex nantucket!

That's about my limit with English poetry, but I'd like to be a bit better with Latin poetry. I've already ascertained that it doesn't rhyme, it's all to do with meter. When Wheelock states that a particulare piece is in elegaic couplet, what does that mean? I've looked in my Latin grammar and dicti...
by phil
Tue Apr 07, 2009 3:18 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Greek vowel pronunciation.
Replies: 1
Views: 1563

Greek vowel pronunciation.

I've just started learing Greek, and I've come across a problem with pronunciation of the vowels. I have two sources, the first is First Greek Book, downloaded from Textkit, and the other is Learn Ancient Greek, by Peter Jones. I suspect that part of the problem is the New Zealand accent, because we...
by phil
Tue Apr 07, 2009 3:16 am
Forum: Wheelock's Latin
Topic: chap 23 SA no 8
Replies: 0
Views: 2222

chap 23 SA no 8

'saepe stilum verte, bonum libellum scripturus.' Benissumus's answer here is 'Use the eraser often, you are about to write a good little book.' Which sounds right. But isn't there a case (pardon the pun) for scripturus being in the vocative? i.e. scripture? My reasoning is that verte is singulare im...
by phil
Wed Feb 11, 2009 9:59 pm
Forum: Wheelock's Latin
Topic: Ulysses and the Cyclops
Replies: 3
Views: 7760

Re: Ulysses and the Cyclops

Thanks. It threw me that a great ugly monster in a cave would use the word cari, rather than something like amici or comites when describing a dozen or so cheese-eating soldiers. It seemed a bit incongruous.
by phil
Wed Feb 11, 2009 8:09 am
Forum: Wheelock's Latin
Topic: Ulysses and the Cyclops
Replies: 3
Views: 7760

Ulysses and the Cyclops

Hi All,

In one of the 38 stories, Ulysses and the Cyclops there is this line:
"Quid vos, tu tuique cari, mihi dabitis?"
I get
"What will you(pl), you(sg) and your(sg) dears, give me?"
Dears?!? Can that be right?
Cheers
by phil
Mon Jan 01, 2007 3:19 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: aer, aeris (m)
Replies: 3
Views: 1736

thanks for clearing that up. Happy New Year!
by phil
Sun Dec 31, 2006 10:44 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: aer, aeris (m)
Replies: 3
Views: 1736

aer, aeris (m)

This is a third declension noun, right? and yet in the story of Persius, there is the line: [and after he put on his magic boots] in âera sublâtus est How can it end in 'a'? It's masculine, not neuter, according to my dictionary, and even if it were neuter, it would have to be plural to end in 'a'...
by phil
Fri Jul 14, 2006 12:33 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: From a history of Rome
Replies: 1
Views: 926

From a history of Rome

I'm having trouble with this sentence from a history of early Rome, just after it was founded, and after the nasty fratricide incident: Iam res Romana firma et finitimis civitatibus bello par erat. I think that it's saying something like 'By now, Rome was now firmly established, and equal to waging ...
by phil
Thu Jun 29, 2006 9:23 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: More pulices aurei
Replies: 2
Views: 1048

More pulices aurei

"Iâsonem igitur ad sê arcessîvit, et eum cohortâtus quid fierî vellet docuit." "So he summonded Jason, and showed him what he wished to happen." How does cohortus (urged) fit in? "So he summoned Jason, and urged him what he showed he wished to happen"? Phil (P.S. please excuse this rush of ques...
by phil
Thu Jun 29, 2006 9:21 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Jason and the Golden Fleas
Replies: 2
Views: 951

Oh, I see, thank you. Delphi is the name of the oracle. I didn't get that. It all makes sense now.
by phil
Thu Jun 29, 2006 8:47 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Jason and the Golden Fleas
Replies: 2
Views: 951

Jason and the Golden Fleas

"Post breve tempus Peliâs, veritus nê rêgnum suum tantâ vî et fraude occupâtum âmitteret, amîcum quendam Delphôs mîsit, quî ôrâculum cônsuleret. Ille igitur quam celerrimê Delphôs sê contulit et quam ob causam vênisset dêmônstrâvit. Respondit ôrâculum nûllum esse in praesenti...
by phil
Thu Jun 29, 2006 8:06 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Persius, part II
Replies: 1
Views: 703

Persius, part II

So Persius goes ahuntin', and to get to where Medusa lives: "Tum postquam tâlâria pedibus induit, in âera ascendit." 'Then after he put the winged sandals on his feet, he flew into the air.' Why is pes in the dative/ablative? Is the 'on' assumed, or does induere take a case that my dictionary doe...
by phil
Thu Jun 29, 2006 7:54 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Persius
Replies: 1
Views: 708

Persius

I'm reading a story about Persius, and have got to the bit where Polydectes is trying to get rid of Persius, so that he can try his luck with his mum, and Polydectes says to Persius: "iam dûdum tû adulêscêns es. Quô ûsque hîc manêbis?" which I assume means something like "You're not a kid an...
by phil
Fri Jun 16, 2006 12:39 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Novice's embarassingly simple translation question
Replies: 4
Views: 1362

One little point is that the dative here is one of the ways Latin shows possession - Rather than "for the Romans there were many gods and goddesses", try "the Romans had many gods and goddesses"
by phil
Fri Jun 09, 2006 8:50 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Hercules vs Hydra
Replies: 4
Views: 1538

Ahhh thank you all. I shall have to read up on this factitive. It's new to me.

footnote: I found (in a different dictionary) that with adjectives, reddo can mean to make, hence 'itaque mortiferas reddidit' becomes 'and so, he made [the arrows] deadly'.