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How to get “almost everything” from “vix non quaedam” in this translation of a sentence from J.J. Fux?

I'm trying to understand an English translation of a Latin sentence from J.J. Fux's Gradus ad Parnasum (written in Latin in 1725). Here is the sentence: Tuâ aviditate, quam tamen laudo, fit, ut ...
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What does “Sion respectat dominus” mean?

I want to ask a question about medieval Latin. Sion respectat dominus. Does this sentence in English mean: "The lord gives some thought to Zion"? Is this translation correct? This title is from ...
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Translating “jerusalem duplici jugo gravata” into English

What does this mean? jerusalem duplici jugo gravata Ekkehard of Aura was the monk in medieval. He departed to the crusades of 1101. This sentence is from his book Hierosolimita in RHC V, PP. 1-40.
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Wondering how to translate imperfect subjunctives (in a conditional sentence)

I have to translate this sentence for homework: si verba patris a liberis non audita essent, timerent. I believe the verb form in both the protasis and apodosis is imperfect subjunctive. I am ...
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What is the meaning of “e pluribus smart assimus”?

I am just curious what a phrase "e pluribus smart assimus" means.
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Agreement in “medio tutissimus ibis”

Ovid's Metamorphoses, Book II, line 137 gives us the aphorism (in) medio tutissimus ibis The English translation for this is typically given as "In the middle, you will go most safe." How does "...
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Question related to “the tree of apples” in the Bible

Is it true that we tend to associate the tree whose fruit Eve convinced Adam to taste with an apple tree because of a certain translation mistake related to the word malum? Don't know how common this ...
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What does “Vivos voco pedibus ioco” mean?

I am not familiar with Latin, but I found an engraving on a bench at the graveyard, that made me curious. It says, vivos voco pedibus ioco. Google Translate is not really helpful, as it ...
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meaning of “status” and “condiciones”

I'm reading Olaus Magnus's 1550 Historia de gentibus septentrionalibus, earumque diversis statibus, condicionibus, moribus, ritibus, superstitionibus, disciplinis, exercitiis, regimine, victu, bellis, ...
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Is this translation of a note in a map correct?

I just saw this tweet. It contains this image: (taken from here, where we gather that the map was drawn in the early 1700s) with the following Latin sentence: ex septentrione longissimeque ...
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Help with stained glass lettering

This jpg shows what I think is Latin lettering on a stained glass window at a Japanese wedding chapel: If it is Latin, I'd appreciate (1) an English translation and (2) the lettering deciphered into ...
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How to write “Stand on the shoulders of giants” correctly? [duplicate]

I know that "nanos gigantium humeris insidentes" is "dwarves on the shoulders of giants". But what is the properly written way of saying either "on the shoulders of giants" and/or "standing on the ...
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What does 'fac et gaudium' mean?

What does 'fac et gaudium' mean? Or is it just a fragment? Found in old notebook. I know it's something to do with taking action and then delight, but the sense is unclear to me.
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Ablative considered as an accusative

In my Latin-Italian dictionary I found this expression: arva sanguineo gyro scribo that is translated as: I draw a blood circle on the ground. But, gyro is an ablative. Why is it considered as ...
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N & H Waxing Poetry: Why is “clam deductus est” used to translate “was led aside”?

In North & Hillard, Ex. 191, q. 3, the following English sentence needs to be translated into Latin: While the conspirators gathered round Caesar, Antonius was led aside by Trebonius. The ...
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What does Seculum Seculi mean?

A 1988 Norwegian pop album has the title "Seculum Seculi". I have tried to figure out what it means, but Google Translate cannot really help. It translates it into "toung" (not to be confused with "...
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hoc opus; aeterna sibi sit retributo vitae!

I can not be sure of the meaning of this sentence: hoc opus; aeterna sibi sit retributo vitae! I wonder if it is something like this: this work was eternity-immortality for you. Could you ...
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Is my interpretation of “Ad Astra per Aspera” correct?

I came across the phrase ad astra per aspera — "to the stars through difficulties." I think I know what it means, but my interpretation appears to be at odds with others. For example: The ...
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Latin for “Teaching man”

How would you say "teaching man" in Latin, in the same way as "homo sapiens" (thinking man) or "homo economicus" (economic man)? It would be for an essay discussing modern education and the role of a ...
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Origin of “seize the day” as a translation of Horace's carpe diem

Even many people who have never studied Latin know the phrase carpe diem (from Horace's Odes 1.11), and can tell you that it means "seize the day". But "seize" is not a very close translation of ...
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How to translate “Politicae oeconomiae inscientia”?

I came across this phrase whilst reading Crotchet Castle, by Thomas Love Peacock. It says: The moment you admit that [...], [then] the whole of that curious fabric of postulates and dogmas, which ...
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Primum non culpare?

I was thinking of how you could alter the medical dictum Primum non nocere to mean "First, CYA." My first thought: Primum non culpare, which I would literally translate as "First, don't get blamed." ...
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How to translate “Ceteris Paribus”?

I'm studying economics, and the words ceteris paribus are often used. I know it means that one thing changes, but that the other factors stay the same. I was trying to figure out the translation ...
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What is the meaning of “Ex Lux”, the name of Lucifer Morningstar's new bar?

I've been a fan of Mike Carey's Lucifer comic series, for its believable portrait of a fallen angel. The series spun off from Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, which established this incarnation of Lucifer ...
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What is Google Translate good for?

Google Translate is notoriously unreliable for Latin. However, the translations do make some amount of sense. Is there some kind of translation task involving Latin that Google Translate is relatively ...
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The English Gentleman

Here is The English Gentleman as depicted by Richard Braithwait in 1630: This is a thirty-part question. Can you tell: (a) What are the Latin words in each box? (b) What do they literally mean? (c)...
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Dominus illuminatio mea

I am trying to understand this expression. According to Wikipedia, it is translated as "The Lord is my light". Before reading this article, I thought this meant "Lord illuminate me", perhaps in ...
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Translation of “…quae parvas aves capit et est.”

I was reading Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata to practice my fluency of understanding simple sentences. In the tenth chapter, Bestiae et Homines (page 69), I came across a description of eagles. ...
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What's the difference between mutantur and mutamur?

A quote by John Owen: Tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis. I was wondering if you could tell me the difference between mutantur and mutamur?
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Quo viso, ignorantes quid esset, Deo se commitentes, inde ad oppidum

I am trying to translate from Bartolf of Nangis, Gesta Francorum expugnantium Iherusalem. This sentence is below: Quo viso, ignorantes quid esset, Deo se commitentes, inde ad oppidum quod Marescum ...
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What does the Latin phrase “argumentum ab invidia ductum” mean?

How would one translate "argumentum ab invidia ductum" into English?
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Alternative translation of poem 4 from Catullus

It is not clear to me why in the translation of Phaeselus ille quem videtis, hospites, ait fuisse navium celerrimus, neque ullius natantis impetum trabis nequisse praeterire, sive palmulis ...
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What is the meaning of this quote by Marcus Tullius Cicero?

I came across this quote: "Laudant quae sciunt, vituperant quae ignorant; laudare a bonis et vituperari a malis unun atque idem est." It was attributed to Cicero, but it seems that this ...
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What does “illos” refer to in this passage from Seneca?

While researching an answer for this question, I came across the following passage from Seneca. The bolded part, particularly "illos", left me with some doubts about the sentence syntax: Et quid ...
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How to understand 'quae prosum sola nocendo'?

There is a line in Ovid's Metamorphoses II 519, which I don't understand at all (Juno's complaint) 'quaeritis, aetheriis quare regina deorum sedibus huc adsim? pro me tenet altera caelum! ...
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Translation: «impulsi sunt et ipsi Christi amore»

I’ve yet another question on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). (I did find another instance of the gerundive—I believe with a preceding ad indicating purpose—and Cerebrus’ instruction ...
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What does “Hæc igitur illico non ingratanter Christianis patuit” mean?

I came across this phrase in Historia Hierosolymitana by Baldricus Dolensis (c. 1050–1130): What does these two sentences mean? I would appreciate any help. Hæc igitur illico non ingratanter ...
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“Non possunt dari” translation

Please could someone explain what I am missing here? In Spinoza's The Ethics, Proposition V is said: PROPOSITIO V: In rerum natura non possunt dari duæ aut plures substantiæ ejusdem naturæ sive ...
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Translating “Hic fortissimus, primus inter pares” into English

I am currently studying Latin in high school (third year), so I do have a mild understanding of how the language works. But I would like to know whether this translation is correct. For various ...
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Translation of a passage related to the crusades

I am a historian, and I came across a text from Bauldric of Dol, a medieval historian. This text is about the crusades. I have been unable to translate the following passage. Could someone here help ...
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Rupes Recta, The Straight Wall, Correct Translation

Rupes recta is the name given to a feature on the Moon. This feature is also known as the straight wall or straight cliff. Is rupes recta the correct Latin phrase for straight wall or straight cliff? ...
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Can you please translate these paragraphs (13th & 14th century)?

My dad found these two texts in a book whose title I don't know. For a guess of the origin, see below. 13th century: sed libera, mais delivre nous, sire, a malo, de tout mal et de cruel martire ...
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Ovid: “nimis ex vero nunc tibi nomen erit”

In Ovid Amores 3.9, the elegy for Tibullus, we read: flebilis indignos, Elegeiia, solve capillos! a! nimis ex vero nunc tibi nomen erit My literal translation: "Tearful, loosen your undeserving ...
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What does the clause “quae suae salvationis causa exstitit” mean?

I'm having difficulty parsing the following sentence from Alfonsi's Dialogi contra Iudaeos, particularly the clause in bold: Dies Dominica, dies, viz. resurrectionis, quae suae salvationis causa ...
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“Communium studiorum commercio” in Suetonius

In Suetonius's Life of Claudius 42 we read: Nec minore cura Graeca studia secutus est, amorem praestantiamque linguae occasione omni professus. Cuidam barbaro Graece ac Latine disserenti: "Cum ...
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How to translate “drama actum est”?

I want to translate the phrase drama ingens in hac familia actum est from Latin to English. I know what the phrase means, but I struggle to find an idiomatic translation in English. Is it just "a ...
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How do you translate the phrase “regnum obtinuerat”?

I'm reading Jason and the Argonauts from Fabulae Faciles, and I come across this phrase really often. I'll provide an example. Erant olim in Thessalia duo fratres, quorum alter Aeson, Pelias alter ...
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How to say “I live for my family” in Latin?

My girlfriend asked me to translate the phrase "I live for my family" for her. As I found out, it is much more difficult than I thought, so I am asking you for help. I don't really believe online ...
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How can “visio” and “novus” be correctly combined to mean “a new vision/perspective”?

What would be a correct way of combining the words visio and novus? Could I just combine those two or is visio + nova a better option? I would like the phrase to mean something like "a new vision/...
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What does “novit in tali” mean?

I'm reading Arcadius Avellanus's translation of fairy tales (he was the last known native speaker of Latin), and I've come across this sentence: Regia Filia jocum dignata mittit ancillam cum ...