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How do the different numbering systems for Ambrose’s letters relate to each other?

Background On p. 27 of Liebeschuetz and Hill’s Ambrose of Milan : Political Letters and Speeches in the series Translated Texts for Historians, vol. 43, they note that: Latin Text: Otto Faller, ...
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How do you say "How is the weather"?

Not a common saying in Classical Latin literature I imagine, but maybe could be found in letters? Or, if there are any equivalent phrases or expressions found in Neo-Latin particularly, eg Erasmus, ...
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Clarifications regarding translation of the phrase "Id agendum est ut satis vixerimus"

I am looking for lineal translation (or rather some clarifications) of a phrase from Letter 23 of Moral letters to Lucilius: Id agendum est ut satis vixerimus (I have found the Latin original here) ...
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Are there any surviving Ancient Greek letters (epistolary)?

I was wondering how the Greeks in the archaic or classical age wrote letters, if there was some sort of convention for them, thus I searched for Ancient Greek letters but found nothing. Is somebody ...
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Latin phrases in 1787 letter from Danish bishop

This is a pretty complex mishmash of Danish, latin, and greek. With help from friends I have it almost fully translated, but two latin phrases have eluded me and block a full translation. The context ...
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Latin terms in (medical) clinical letters - UK

Today I came across this news article. In short, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (in the UK) is providing new guidelines to medical doctors on the writing of clinical letters to patients. Among ...
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How to break up in classical Latin?

Are there any attested breakup letters, notes, or similar in classical Latin? A great number of relationships must have started and ended in classical antiquity, but I don't recall seeing any passages ...
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How do we know that the correspondence of Seneca and St. Paul was a forgery?

There is ancient but discredited tradition that St. Paul and Seneca the Younger corresponded. Here is the Latin text along with an English translation. (Or this better side-by-side edition.) St. ...
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Why did Cicero switch from "abs te" to "a te" in his later works?

Lewis and Short, in their entry on ab, describe a shift in use of abs in Cicero's works that had far-reaching ramifications: The use of abs was confined almost exclusively to the combination abs te ...
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How to say "I look forward to hearing from you" in Latin?

It is sometimes appropriate to add "I look forward to hearing from you" at the end of a letter or other similar communication. I am looking for a phrase that says more "I am happy if you react to this ...
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Does the "re" in emails have an ancient origin?

The Latin ablative re has become a word in English, meaning "regarding" or "with reference to" or something along those lines. This is also used in emails as an automatically generated prefix "Re:&...
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Meaning of "S. P. D." in letters

I have been reading Cicero's letters in translation on the Perseus.uchicago.edu site, but check the Latin to improve my limited ability. Most of the letters include S. P. D. in the salutation, and I ...
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Did ancient Romans develop cryptography for Latin?

Did the Romans ever develop any form of cryptography, where either words were replaced with other words or letters were replaced with other letters? Do we have any remaining examples, and if so have ...
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Where did pluralis-ut-singularis come from in Latin?

Anyone who reads Cicero's letters cannot fail to notice that he quite frequently uses nos and noster to mean ego and meus. Earlier I heard a paper where nos in Lucretius' proem was meant singularly (...
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What did the Romans use to close their letters?

As anyone who's written a proper letter knows, one begins with a salutation and ends with a valediction (or, in normal English, opens with "hello" and ends with "goodbye"). Right ...