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Where does -ι- come from in derivatives of ἅλς (ἁλιάετος, ἁλιαής, ἁλιανθής)?

Many compounds or derivatives of the Greek word ἅλς hals "salt, sea" seem to be built on the form ἁλι- hali-: ἁλιά(ι)ετος "sea-eagle", ἁλιαής "blowing seaward", ἁλιανθής &...
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Create new word: super + portare

I want to create a new word by analogy to "support" with the prefix super-. According to Google the modern English word "support" comes from Latin supportare and is composed of sub-...
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Silly question. Need a translation for a character name. Are you familiar with “Firefly”?

I'm rolling a character-sheet and I'd like to call the fellow Browncoat, lIke the fans of Firefly. I think it would be Fulvus Tunicus for a reddish brown coat as a name but (for reasons too ...
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Why is the first person singular the citation form?

In both Latin and Greek, the most common citation form for a verb is the first person singular present indicative active. In other words, dictionaries will generally be indexed by amō and λύω rather ...
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What is the difference between ἀρχαῖος and παλαιός?

What is the difference between the two adjectives ἀρχαῖος and παλαιός? In particular, what word would fit the best to mean "history" between ἀρχαιολογία and παλαιολογία?
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What is the word for knowledge in Greek?

I read that there are two version depending on intrinsic value. So that it is either intellectual knowledge or divine knowledge, knowledge from within. And is there a difference between Ancient Greek ...
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Why the π in ἀπιεῖ?

I wanted to pick a -μι verb to use as a paradigm to memorize for Homeric and koine, so I thought I would use ἀφίημι. I looked up the present-tense conjugation on U Chicago's morpho utility, and then ...
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Scansion of a Greek line from Babrius 20

In Babrius fable 20 it says: θεῶν ἀληθῶς προσεκύνει τε κἀτίμα. The piece is written in Choliambic style, and I can't figure out how to scan this line. The problem is that there are two consecutive ...
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How close is modern Italian pronunciation of sounds to Ecclesiastical Latin pronunciation?

I know that Ecclesiastical Latin uses Italianate pronunciation. My question is if there are any significant differences between pronunciation of modern Italian sounds vs. pronunciation of ...
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Can I label an admission as an “ex post facto mea culpa” in this case?

I would like to perform a mea culpa and "admit" that I'd given advice that in hindsight might have been suboptimal as it didn't sufficiently address all possible future outcomes. So calling ...
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“£30,000? Murders have been committed for a lot less.”

In an old TV-prog. (1950s), "The Annals of Scotland Yard", old cases were dramatised with a narration from distinguished criminologist, the late Edgar Lustgarten. One of these, from the ...
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“Washington, DC” in latin

Is there a more-or-less commonly accepted translation of "Washington, DC" (i.e., the city, but I would assume the same word would work for the state) in contemporary-latin? I'll happily use ...
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frater < “fere” + “alter”?

Is the etymology of the word frater from fere (almost) + alter (another), in the sense that a brother is more closely related to his sibling than another, unrelated person? St. Isidore's Etymologies (...
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Quidquid veto non licet, certe non oportet

I'm trying to translate this sentence, but I'm not sure how. It looks like either veto is the dative (substantive?) meaning 'old', or it's the verb veto, 'I stop from happening'. With 'non licet', I ...
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What is “capult”?

There is a Tertullian quote in one of the editions of Gibbon (see the asterisked note here for the original). Nam proximè ad lenonem damnando Christianam, potius quam ad leonem, confessi estis labem ...
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On the (necessary or typical?) relationship between double accusative and causation

I was wondering if there is a syntactic/semantic generalization that can account for the so-called "double accusative" predicative frame in Latin (verbs with person & thing (docere ...
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Is ὀργίζω, to anger, cognate with ὄργια, a secret rite or ritual?

Is ὀργίζω, to anger, cognate with ὄργια, a secret rite or ritual? Wiktionary has a red link from the uncommon modern word to a not-yet-existing page for the ancient word (with accents). It seems at ...
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On the alleged ambiguity of the Ablative Absolute “Mutatis mutandis”

According to the wikipedia entry of Mutatis mutandis, "Mutatis mutandis is a Medieval Latin phrase meaning 'with things changed that should be changed' or 'having changed what needs to be changed'...
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Translating the title of a thesis about energy storage into Latin

How do I translate the title of my dissertation thesis into Latin? Energy storage: Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, Renewable-Hydrogen integration for home usage Here is my best try: Energy praeclusio: ...
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Word order in Virgil's Aeneid - why so scrambled?

I can understand why Virgil would like to use standard devices like chiasmus and synchysis to create poetic effect in the Aened. But sometimes the word order is scrambled up so much, I can't work out ...
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iuvare ut + subjunctive

In English, I might ask you to "help me [to] do" some task. Would the most (classically) idiomatic Latin equivalent be an ut clause (e.g., "iuva ut faciam ...")? My only reason for ...
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Is “evidenter” the correct translation for “obviously!”?

I've searched the forum but found no answer to my question. How would one say obviously in Latin? As in answering a question with a "it's option b, obviously!" Online dictionaries have given ...
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Words for dogs, puppies, and small dogs in koine, and their connotations when applied to humans

Modern Greek has σκύλος for "dog," which is derived from ancient σκυλαξ, meaning "puppy." The generic word for a dog in ancient Greek was κυων. There is also a diminutive κυνάριον, ...
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Sentence with gerund or gerundive and infinitive

I'm trying to translate the following: [...] quem autem valorem aliter nisi appropinquando cognoscere non datur. Which comes from Euler (De Serie Lambertina/e). But I'm having trouble sorting out ...
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How to translated preposition + ing in Latin?

How to translate sentences like "before doing X" in Latin since ante requires an accusative?
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Suffixes and different stem words in transversarium and transversus?

The difference between transversarium and transversus confuses me, this occurs with processus (masculine) transversus foramen (neutri) transversarium where the endings, sus and sa-ri-um, are ...
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Names for digits or numbers

How would you say "I write zeroes and ones" or "I need a fiver" or "the number seven" in Latin? There are a couple of cases where in some languages one uses instead of a ...
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What is a good font for both Latin with diacritics and polytonic Greek

Previous questions and outline of needs Several questions have been asked, especially for polytonic Greeek – especially ‘What are popular fonts for polytonic Greek?’ and ‘Greek font with legible ...
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Translating Internet vernacular + 'disorder' into Latin

Newbie to Latin here. I thought it might be amusing to translate web slang into Latin, but this raised a few questions. If the accuracy is lacking, please let me know how! LOLUMADCUZUBAD? Turbati ...
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Seize your future

What would "Seize your future/the future" be in Latin? I've got Carpe futurum, but my latin is quite poor. I want to use it as a motto for an educational company. I want to use it as it ...
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How do I say Disney World in Latin?

How do I say Disney World in Latin? I googled it but I’m still not sure. Disney Mundi? Disney Mundum?
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What construction is “διδαχή?”

There is an interesting early Christian document called the Διδαχή, translated into English as "The Teaching." The word seems to be classical, not just Koine. Is this some kind of more ...
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Can valeo be used transitively?

Looking through the entry in Lewis & Strong, I couldn't find any mention of the accusative being used with valeo, except as the object of certain prepositions. However, the following use of magna ...
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Can anyone explain what I did wrong scanning this line of Argonautica?

I was looking over some practice tests and came across this question: What is the scansion of the first four feet of "Atque haec impressō gemuit miseranda cubīlī" Based on my knowledge, I ...
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What are the best translations of “Take it as it goes” and “go forward in the light/ Ever forward in the light”

For take it as it goes I have this so far "Ut áuferant eam abscedit" or " Accipiant illam" althought I don't know how accurate either is is. For go forward in the light I have &...
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Participal plunder: How should ‘animum concentū’ and ‘ex aequō dēmulcēns’ be interpreted?

I am assisting someone working on Bonifaccio’s work on dance, and the following quote from Lucian (The Dance) came up, here with my translation attempt (only on the Latin part) and notes to the same: ...
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Why is “porticus, porticūs” a feminine fourth-declension noun?

The fourth declension was one of the less common inflection pattern for Latin nouns, and the vast majority of fourth declension nouns are masculine nouns ending in the deverbal abstract noun suffix -...
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What does “Mus. Reg. Gall.” stand for?

Gibbon, at the end of a note detailing the imprinting on a medal, has "(Mus. Reg. Gall.)". I have found other references outside Gibbon, and have gotten (maybe) as far as "Mus. Regis ...
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Maria mater Domini

The phrase "Maria mater Domini" appears in Pseudo-Papias Fragment X (A fragment attributed by J.B. Lightfoot to Papias of Lombardy, 1040s–1060s, author of the Elementarium Doctrinae ...
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Flee or chase, the meaning of fugere?

In reading Ritchie's Fabulae Faciles, I find the following passage: Dum tamen ea geruntur, Argonautae nōn intermissō remigandī labōre mox ē cōnspectū hostium auferēbantur, neque prius fugere ...
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TRANSLATION “In the midst of the darkness, the light persists”

What would be the most correct translation into Latin of the phrase: "In the midst of darkness, the light persists", I have found on some sites: IN MEDIA TENEBRIS LUCEM PERDURAVERIT, but I ...
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What was the decision regarding this Paris convent in 1561?

This is the decision of the General Chapter of the Dominicans regarding some trouble in the Paris convent in 1561. Fratres vero Antonium Abeli magistrum et Dominicum Sergent ut indignos denegamus, ...
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Who minted this Roman coin, celebrating the sentencing of Vestal virgins?

This coin is part of a presentation done by University of Glasgow in relation to a seminar on coinage and numismatics. The coin is introduced in a video done by the Hunterian Museum, and I have found ...
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Regency of πίνω in Anacreon's ode Πάντα πίνει

The following poem is from the Odes of Anacreon: ἡ γῆ μέλαινα πίνει, Πίνει δὲ δένδρε’ αὐτήν Πίνει θάλασσα δ’αὔρας, Ὁ δ’ἤλιος θάλασσαν, Τὸν δ’ἤλιον σελήνη. Τί μοι μάχεσθ’ ἑτῖροι, Καὐτῷ θέλοντι πίνειν; ...
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Usage of perfect infinitive (“Res mihi nondum comperta est, itaque sufficiat leviter admonuisse alios de hac quarta causa”)

In Kepler's Strena, seu de Nive Sexangula we read: Res mihi nondum comperta est, itaque sufficiat leviter admonuisse alios de hac quarta causa. which I translate as: This thing is not yet ...
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A process now in progress, with no agent

Suppose I want to say: Maybe your appetite is a sign of returning health. One possibility: Fortasse orexis tua sānitātem portendit revertentem. I'm not sure that revertor carries this metaphor as ...
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Latin for “Stand upon the heavens” and “Surpass the gods”

How can I translate following sentences to Latin: Stand upon the heavens and Surpass the gods, both having somewhat close and similiar meanings in English. I am looking for something that reflects ...
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What exactly does “incipientem” mean in this phrase?

Salvete, From the Vulgate, Acts 23:27: 27 virum hunc conprehensum a Iudaeis et incipientem interfici ab eis superveniens cum exercitu eripui cognito quia Romanus est "This man, being taken by ...
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What form is 'numerārī'?

In chapter X of Orberg's Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata there is this sentence: Piscēs numerārī nōn possunt. From the context I would translate this as an infinitive. But the infinitive should be ...
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How should this infinitive clause and this ut clause translate?

The sentence from Euler's De Serie Lambertina I'm working on now has the following form: Praesenti autem forma hanc seriem exhibere est visum, ut litterae A et B inter se permutabiles evaderent, ita ...

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