How would you say "first year of Latin" in Latin?

Here you can discuss all things Latin. Use this board to ask questions about grammar, discuss learning strategies, get help with a difficult passage of Latin, and more.
Post Reply
tico
Textkit Neophyte
Posts: 79
Joined: Thu Dec 29, 2005 4:14 am

How would you say "first year of Latin" in Latin?

Post by tico » Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:20 pm

Hi, there,

How would you say "first year of Latin" in Latin? And "second year of Latin"? Any ideas?
Thanks.

User avatar
Constantinus Philo
Textkit Enthusiast
Posts: 467
Joined: Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:04 pm

Re: How would you say "first year of Latin" in Latin?

Post by Constantinus Philo » Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:03 pm

anni primi studia latinitatis
Semper Fidelis

User avatar
Barry Hofstetter
Textkit Zealot
Posts: 1206
Joined: Thu Aug 15, 2013 12:22 pm

Re: How would you say "first year of Latin" in Latin?

Post by Barry Hofstetter » Tue Feb 11, 2020 3:17 am

This kind of thing is always difficult, because the Romans really didn't think in these terms. But, based on the language about learning language in the colloquia, maybe something like:

Primus annus sermonis cotidiani [Latini]

Latini in brackets because it probably would have been understood from context, and that's ripe for an ellipsis.

Or they might have come up with a completely different idiomatic way of saying it. Hard to tell without parallels.
N.E. Barry Hofstetter
The Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy
καὶ σὺ τὸ σὸν ποιήσεις κἀγὼ τὸ ἐμόν. ἆρον τὸ σὸν καὶ ὕπαγε.

Post Reply