What topics can I ask about here?

The site is for questions about the Latin language throughout its history. We welcome questions about all aspects of Latin language, its relation to other languages and also cultural and historical questions that are strongly related to Latin. The site is aimed for experts and students in the field. The site is not a translation service or a homework help center.

Have a look around to get an idea what kinds of questions are welcome here. Possible topics include but may not be limited to the following:

  • Latin grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation
  • etymology and relations to other languages
  • interpretation of difficult passages and works of literature in Latin
  • history and culture when directly about or when there is a strong connection to the Latin language
  • requests of examples in literature for uses of certain words or structures

On the other hand, questions of the following kinds should generally not be asked here:

  • translation requests or etymological queries that show no serious research effort using readily available online sources
  • requests for homework help unless they show significant attempt to solve the problems without outside help (for guidance, see: How can I ask a translation or homework question?)

Questions may be asked and answered in English or Latin, preferably with an English summary if in Latin. If you are not fluent in either language, post your question in your language of preference and provide a rough translation to English or Latin.

We also allow questions about Greek up to the end of classical antiquity, including New Testament Greek. Similarly, questions about small italic languages closely related to Latin are allowed. However, questions should not be asked in these languages. For more details about Greek (and the Bible), see this meta post.

Questions concerning biblical Latin or Greek should focus more on language than content. For questions about exegesis, philosophy, and to some extent literature, some other Stack Exchange sites might be more appropriate. This is mainly a language site.

Please look around to see if your question has been asked before. It’s also OK to ask and answer your own question.

If your question is not specifically on-topic for Latin Language Stack Exchange, it may be on topic for another Stack Exchange site. If no site currently exists that will accept your question, you may commit to or propose a new site at Area 51, the place where new Stack Exchange communities are democratically created.