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PLATO BRONCE ESCUDO HISPAN TE IND REX NG 8R P

Does "Hispan te Ind Rex NG 8R P" mean something like "King of Spain and the Indies"? What would be a more accurate translation? Thank you! "PLATO BRONCE ESCUDO HISPAN TE IND ...
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Shouldn't adducti in this sentence be feminine?

This is a Ceasar's sentence: Hac oratione adducti inter se fidem et ius iurandum dant et regno occupato per tres potentissimos ac firmissimos populos totius Galliae sese potiri posse sperant. Hac = ...
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What is the exact translation of "Frusta me natum"

This is a popular Cicero's sentence from the book de Senectute, chap. 23: ita vixi ut non frusta me natum existimem whose translation is accepted as something like "I lived in such way that I ...
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Meaning of a present participle in a verse of Vergil's Eclogue 8

I'm reading Vergil's Eclogue 8, 17–42 in the book Beginning Latin Poetry Reader by Gavin Betts and Daniel Franklin. The first verse is (I write only the long vowels macrons): Nāscere, prāēque diem ...
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Both 'masculus' and 'vir' mean man/male: what's the difference?

In Latin, masculus means male. Noun masculus m (genitive masculī); second declension a male (of humans or other animals) In Latin, vir also means male. Noun vir m (genitive virī); second ...
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Haud sciō an ego ita dīxerim

In the line 84 page 264 of Lingua Latine per se illustrata, Gubernātor says Haud sciō an ego ita dīxerim, sed pro­ fectō lībertās mihi vītā cārior est. ... The part I am interested is Haud sciō an ...
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¿Qué significa "quoniam igitur"? / What's the meaning of "quoniam igitur"?

En la pagina 262, linea 16, de Lingua latina per se illustrata, la linea empieza con Quoniam igitur ... Según el diccionario ilustrado Vox, quoniam significa puesto que o después que, y igitur ...
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What's the meaning of "paulum satis" in this sentence?

I've found the following sentence in an exercise (pensum A) at the end of chapter XXVI of Lingua latina per se illustrata. Familia Romana: Paulum satis est ad beātē vīvendum. I don't understand the ...
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What does Una Excelsior mean?

I'm looking for a good phrase to encapsulate "ever upward, together" and i'd like to use Una, Excelsior Any thoughts or other suggestions?
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Quidquid vs quæcumque

Both quidquid and quæcumque are ways of translating English whatever or all things that [sth.], but is there any difference in meaning in that specific context? I have a vague notion, not based in ...
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What is this word and what is it doing?

I'm reading Ανάβασις by Xenophon. Here Klearchos has basically said: "someone else might want to command at this point". ὡς δὲ τῷ ἀνδρὶ ὃν ἂν ἕλησθε πείσομαι ᾗ δυνατὸν μάλιστα, ἵνα εἰδῆτε ...
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What's the meaning of "soli" in this sentence?

I found the following sentence in https://www.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/Victimae_paschali_laudes: Credendum est magis soli Mariae veraci quam ... This appears to be literally translated into More ...
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What's the role of the word "scribam" in this Cicero's sentence?

This sentence comes from a letter by Cicero to Atticus written when the former is in exile. It can be found in Epistulae ad Atticum 3, 5: Ad te quid scribam nescio. I understand that "nescio&...
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Idiomatic translation of „lilacs“

I'm searching for an idiomatic translation of the word "lilac(s)" (the deciduous shrub), in the context of its scent. For example, in English, we may would say: She smells of lilacs. I‘d ...
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Meaning of ἂν here?

I've read that Ανάβασις is quite a good choice for a first Ancient Greek text to read (i.e. relatively simple). This is a bilingual text from somewhere. Ἀρίστιππος δὲ ὁ Θετταλὸς ξένος ὢν ἐτύγχανεν ...
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Which senses does ob have in the following words?

Oxford Latin Dictionary says that prep. ob has the following senses: ob prep. In the direction of, towards. In front of or in the way of (so as to block). a. (giving the grounds for an attitude,...
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Are different meanings of quam and -quam related?

In Keller's Learn to Read Latin, I found that quam has several meanings: quam is the singular feminine accusative form of qui (interrogative or relative adj, what, which) quam (interrogative or ...
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What is the gender of the word "Haec" in Latin?

"post haec in terris visus est et cum hominibus conversatus est" I have no knowledge of Latin language. This is a verse from the Latin Vulagate bible. Most translations have this verse ...
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Meaning of vagitus

I am trying to understand the connotation of “vagitus” before it was adopted by the English language in the 17th century: According to Etymonline, vagitus crying of a newborn child, 1650s, from Latin ...
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How strong an equivalence does 'ut' imply?

I'm looking for a nuanced answer here about what kind of connotation 'ut' carries when being used comparatively. Does 'ut' usually have a broad meaning such as the English word 'like' or is it usually ...
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Can I say "soni sensi" for "of the felt sound"?

So "sonus" + "sentire" would be "sound" + "to feel". And "sonus" + "sensus" (past perf. part of "sentire") would be in agreement. ...
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Both "fēmina" and "mulier" mean "woman": what's the difference?

The word fēmina is used with the meaning "woman": Of human beings, a female, woman (cf.: uxor, mulier, matrona; conjux, marita) (Lewis and Short) (Fēmina also means "female" when ...
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What does "gallus" mean in English? [duplicate]

The scientific name of a chicken is Gallus Gallus Domesticus. What does 'gallus' mean? I think it is related to the Spanish gallo.
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Is there something special about "corpus"?

Metamorphoses Book V, the story of Proserpina. At this point Ceres has just thrown some soup in an impertinent man's face and turned him into a lizard (as you do). mirantem flentemque et tangere ...
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On a Quote from St. Gregory and the Contextual Meaning of the Word `Operator'

Contained in St. Alphonsus Liguori's Dignity and Duties of the Priest or Selva, one finds the following passage in the section on "Sanctity Necessary for the Priest": But St. Bernard says, ...
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Another use of gratia as in exempli gratia

A web search tells us that e.g. stands for exempli gratia where gratia has the literal translation of “for the sake of”. Can anyone give another example from the literature where gratia has this ...
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Why is the phrase negotiorum gestio instead of alienorum gestio?

In Law negotiorum gestio is a form of agency wherein a gestor acts on behalf and for the benefit of a principal without the latter's prior consent. For example, while you are traveling abroad, a ...
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How to determine when a noun is an objective genitive versus a subjective genitive?

St. Augustine writes in Soliloq. i, 10: nihil esse sentio quod magis ex arce deiiciat animum virilem quam blandimenta feminæ, corporumque ille contactus sine quo uxor haberi non potest. Is the ...
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What would be the name for government for, from, and by

The people Shareholders The king Investors Customers Tax payers Plus explanation. From sources, I've heard that those are Democracy Metochocracy Monarchy Ependocracy Pelatarchy What? I may be wrong....
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Is "Fantasia" a classical Latin word? What was its original meaning?

I'm indecisive as to what title to chose for a novel I finished writing. I went for a pseudo-Latin title : "Apex Fantasia" as it is a fantasy novel. But I still wonder if I can find ...
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What does "Vírgines téneræ" mean?

I´m a native Spanish speaker and I´m reading the book "Método para aprender latín" by Hermann Schnitzler. Right now, I am doing the exercises of the lesson VI (gender of words from the third ...
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How "Park"/"square" (view image) is translated in Latin Language please?

Park, small street square, with some threes, banks and water in the middle. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_CGOn7X3hBUU/TGbpp3dRQ5I/AAAAAAAABZk/AQ8F0yziEJg/w1200-h630-p-k-no-nu/100_5375.JPG http://www....
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Has the word 'focus' ever meant 'fire' in Latin literature?

I ask this because in virtually all the Romance languages, the respective descendants simply mean fire, yet when I come across the term in classical literature specifically, it usually meant 'hearth'. ...
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"Odoratus est" in Genesis 8:21

Genesis 8:21 says "Odōrātusque est Dominus odōrem suāvitātis". What is "odoratus est"? It looks like the perfect passive participle of "odoro", but that doesn't make ...
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how 'nunc' is used as a correlative?

I came across this sentence in Jerome's letter to Innocentius: "Nunc mihi ēuānēscentibus terrīs ‘caelum undique et undique pontus’ nunc unda tenebrīs horrēscēns et caecā nocte nimbōrum spūmeī ...
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What does the word "numquid" literally mean?

I have come across this word a few times in more later Latin texts. Would this word be merely synonymous with 'num' and 'quid' or is there a different shade of meaning that can be explained through a ...
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Meaning of “universitas litterarum“?

This text I am reading says that the University of Berlin had a ‘universitas litterarum‘. What does that mean?
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What is the meaning of _voci populi_ in this quote?

There is one quote by Victor Klemperer that reads: But there is no vox populi, only voci populi. which seems to be a bit puzzling. On a wiki-talk page the translation speculation runs with the ...
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What does "facti" mean in this sentence?

I am starting to read the "Novellae" in the Corpus Iuris Civilis and this sentence from the first one is confusing to read: 'et Tzanī nunc prīmum sub Rōmānōrum factī rēpublicā inter ...
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How to translate this particular phrase? Is it ambiguous?

(From Ovid Apollo and Daphne, book 1 of Metamorphoses) ut canis in vacuo leporem cum Gallicus arvo vidit, et hic praedam pedibus petit, ille salutem; alter inhaesuro similis iam iamque tenere ...
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Meaning of "Homo Rebus"

I read a literary text originally written in Portuguese, The monologue of hands by Giuseppe Ghiaroni. I can't understand this passage in Latin : O autor do "Homo Rebus" lembra que a mão foi ...
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Gadiovala / Kadiofala meaning

Ksar Sbahi (Or Ksar Sebihi) is a town in the district of Oum El Bouaki, Algeria. Under the Roman occupation, the same town held the name (Gadiovala / Kadiofala). I wonder ir someone can explain the ...
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Is "necesse" an adjective or an adverb

Introduction My enquiry arrises from a passage in “Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata: Familia Romana” in its tenth chapter which is entitled “BESTIAE ET HOMINES” on its fifty-ninth line which is as ...
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Sigillare and sugillare

From signum ("sign") we have a diminutive form sigillum, "little sign", whence in particular: "wax seal made by one's ring print", to close and sign a letter or a box, ...
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Latin Perfect Tense and romance languages particularly Portuguese

How did the perfect tense evolve in each romance language? For example is the Preterito Perfeito functionally equivalent to the Latin Perfect Tense? Heri dormivi. Ontem dormi. Ayer dormi. Hier j'ai ...
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Which preposition should be used with contrario and why?

Is it better to say argumentum a/ab contrario or e/ex contrario? It seems that both are acceptable but in most Romance languages it is a contrario. The movement out/from is not clear/explicit/graphic ...
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What does "ad minūtim" mean? Does it mean the same as "minūtus"?

I understand that minūtim is a conjugation of minūtus. Is that correct? What does "ad minūtim" mean and what would minūtus mean?
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Latin "Basic" Colors and Shades

Salvete Omnes, While I am working on a Minecraft resource pack that changes the Latin, which hopefully fixes some rough spots in it, I came back to a problem which strikes me occasionally with colors ...
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What are the semantic, pragmatic, or other differences between -tio, -tus, -tura, and other action nouns

Salvete Omnes, While answering this question on a motto related to computers, I was going to question the authority of Vicipaedia's use of words derived from programma, particularly action nouns from ...
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Is the word order of "Iura novit curia" used for emphasis?

Is the change in the word order used for emphasis, and how would we translate "iura novit curia" to English while maintaining the word order? We don't have cases and there is the danger of ...
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