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Questions requesting a specific reference to a word, grammatical construct, or other language element, such as in the writings of a particular author.

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Two Sappho-related reference requests

As some of you will definitely know, I have been grappling with Sappho for a long time. Lately, I have come to an impasse in a couple places, where I have said all I can without a specific reference I ...
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Using genitive and infinitive to describe characteristics

Answering this question, I recalled a somewhat rare construction used to express that an action is characteristic of someone. Pekkanen's Ars Grammatica (§77.1) gives two examples: Cuiusvis hominis ...
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Understanding a reference to Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum

On page 33 of Companion Animals & Us, there is a line: I am in tears, while carrying you to your last resting place as much as I rejoiced when bringing you home in my own hands fifteen years ...
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How do I access the Oxford Latin Dictionary online?

I'm using a university account to sign into Oxford Scholarly Editions Online (OSEO). To what 'widget' does the official webpage refer? Is it online? Must it be downloaded? A widget enabling users ...
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Reference for “Ab esse ad posse valet consequentia”

I came across Kant asserting the following in Metaphysik L₂: Ab esse ad posse valet consequentia; a posse ad esse non valet consequentia. This appears to be a very old precept that probably ...
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Is there a canonical list of Latinized names?

I'm not only talking about names that existed during the classical period, but also the standard Latinization of modern European names; for example hugo, hugonis is the standard medieval Latin ...
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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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A textbook for Latin

What would be the one book recommendation you'd definitely give an individual interested in learning Latin? The individual would like the book to include a good overview of Latin at the very least; ...
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Are there literary attestations of werewolves in the Classical period?

The modern idea of werewolves seems to have arisen somewhere in the Middle Ages, after the spread of Christianity. But I vaguely remember a story in the Satyricon (specifically at Trimalchio's dinner) ...
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Is there a Latin source for “He who is able to laugh at himself, is invincible”?

Some time ago I came across a Latin sentence that roughly came down to: "He who is able to laugh at himself, is invincible" At the time I thought: Oh well, this must be a well known Roman saying (...
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References of medieval ornithology terms

I was browsing through the Czech-Latin dictionary Glossarius by Magister Bohemarius Bartholomaeus de Solencia dictus Claretus, which also lists an impressive collection of zoology terms, and I found ...
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What is the largest known piece of Etruscan literature?

The Etruscans had a written language, and they must have had some kind of literature. Wikipedia gives a short mention. What is the largest known piece of Etruscan literature? It could be an epic poem, ...
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damnatio memoriae

The Wikipedia article on the subject notes that the term damnatio memoriae, referring to the relegation of a person's name to oblivion, as if they never existed, is a neo-Latin expression first ...
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Can we find a quotation from an author containing the word μεγαρτός?

I ran into this this morning, and had an exchange in comments with the other answerer (after answering myself). The word μεγαρτός, I'm fairly certain, means "envied", being the -τος verbal adjective ...
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Is the prefix “di-” more Latin-like than “bi-”?

Question. (1) Is there anything close to scientifically-meaningful to say about whether the prefix "di-" is more Latin than the prefix "bi-", when indicating two-ness? (2) Are there published ...
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Books of reading medieval Latin manuscripts

I would like to learn how to read medieval Latin manuscripts, but they often use abbreviations/shorthand. What are some books that would help me read these manuscripts?
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Job 5.7 in the King James version

This extract from the novel 'Three Men in a Boat' refers to Job 5.7: This world is only a probation, and man was born to trouble as the sparks fly upward. I hoped to quote the source, expecting ...
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Semantic differences between Greek comparatives/superlatives of “good”, “bad”

(This is more of a reference request than a question, since I'm looking for a more detailed discussion than is normal for an SE answer.) The Greek adjectives for "good" and "bad" each have several ...
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Learning latin, good books at beginner's level [duplicate]

I would like to learn Latin, starting from scratch. That is to say, I do not know anything at all about Latin. Which book would be a good one to start with?
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Colors of the rainbow

The classical Latin word for a rainbow seems to be Iris (Iris or Iridis, f.). Did the Romans ever list or otherwise discuss the colors of the rainbow in extant literature? I asked about colors in ...
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Ancient sources for singing in a bath

Years ago a fellow Latinist told me that singing in the shower is not a new invention. He mentioned some ancient (Roman, I believe) writer mentioning that singing is convenient while bathing due to ...
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What colours did different colour words mean, exactly?

There are many different words for colours in Latin, but it's not easy to tell what kind of colour was exactly meant by each word. Do we know what different colour words meant? In particular, is there ...
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On the etymology of “discipulus” and “disciplina”

I am interested in the origin of the words discipulus and disciplina, which have found their way into many modern languages, e.g., in the English words disciple and discipline. Unfortunately, there ...