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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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Which online Latin dictionaries should I use and why?

What good online Latin dictionaries do you know? What are their benefits and drawbacks? Please give only one dictionary per answer. If you have many dictionaries to suggest, give multiple answers &...
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How can I study Latin on my own?

What good widely available courses (e.g. textbooks, online classes) are there for people who wish to learn (or continue to learn) Latin on their own? What are their benefits and drawbacks? Please ...
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What have we learned about Latin in the last century?

I have studied Latin, but in none of the courses I have taken has there been discussion about any progress in understanding Latin. I do believe — and hope — that classically oriented ...
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Are there dictionaries that translate profanities profanely?

Sometimes I come across Latin profanities, for example when reading a certain poem of Catullus. Many dictionaries fail to translate profanities properly, perhaps in order to maintain a certain level ...
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Where to find an online Latin text corpus and what can I do with it?

Suppose I want to search for a certain word, expression or structure in the Latin literature. What online tools can I use for such purposes? Where can I find a large collection of Latin texts in ...
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Research or other reliable statistics about Latin proficiency today

I would like to know how many people understand Latin fluently. To that end, I would like to find research or statistics concerning Latin proficiency. I am not asking how many people have studied ...
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Less complicated Latin texts to continue reading after highschool

So I realise this might not be a well defined question, but I hope it can still classify as not being a discussion. So I have just finished highschool and after 6 years of Latin, I am not quite ...
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A complete family tree

There are many Latin words for relatives: father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, uncle, aunt, cousin… Different languages have slightly different sets of words for relatives and some ...
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Abbreviations in Latin dictionaries, especially Lewis and Short

When reading Lewis and Short online1, I have occasional trouble figuring out what the various abbreviations mean. This includes authors and their works, but, more importantly to me, also other ...
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Is Duolingo good for Latin?

On August 28*, 2019 Duolingo announced its Latin course for English speakers. Out of curiosity, I subscribed, but I'm just starting to peek into it. My question is (if anyone has tried it in depth ...
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A Latin text with dependency tree

I am looking for a Latin text that has word by word English translation and explanation. I mean after the translation, it explains that this word has ablative case and that has nominative or this verb ...
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Did the Romans use war-dogs?

I was surprised a few days ago to find myself in an argument with a reputable historian about the Romans' use of dogs in war, which I dismissed as a fantasy — or possibly a mere misunderstanding of ...
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The syntax of swearing

How to swear in Latin? I am not looking for vocabulary, but syntax. Did the Romans only swear using interjections, or did could swearing be used within a sentence? There are several ways to swear in ...
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Good travel literature written in medieval Latin?

I like reading medieval travel literature and I want to translate a short text (one chapter or two) from medieval Latin into English to improve my translation skills. Unfortunately, most medieval ...
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Few are saved, many are damned

In Barbara Tuchman's A Distant Mirror; in chapter 2, in her description of the Medieval church, she uses the phrase 'Salvandorum paucitas, damnandorum multitudo' to describe the general opinion of the ...
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Historical recordings of ex tempore contemporary Latin used in university lectures?

Are there any historical recordings of fluent ex tempore Latin used in university lectures, such as for theology or philosophy courses, in academic events, or in scholastic disputations? I'm looking ...
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What are the benefits of studying Latin?

Many of us have studied Latin simply because we enjoy it, and many have found use for it when studying something like philosophy or history where Latin materials are commonplace. However, I am not ...
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How to find scholarly articles related to Latin?

If I want to find research articles of some kind to learn more about a particular topic related to Latin, what should I do? I am a trained scientist, but my own research is on a very different field. ...
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Recommendations for “easy” philosophical/political Latin?

My Latin is okay reading Cæsar and Livy, and I'm even (mostly) fine reading Cicero's vicious attacks on the enemies of whoever happened to hire him for the occasion. But when I come to philosophy and ...
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Online drills for Keller and Russell's Learn to Read Latin?

I'm currently teaching with Keller and Russell's Learn to Read Latin. I have a vague memory that there exists, or used to exist, a website with drills and exercises that are specifically keyed to the ...
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Latin phonetic dictionary

I'm starting to learn Latin on my own and I have trouble with pronouncing words correctly very often. Does anyone know of a Latin dictionary with the IPA transcriptions of Latin words, preferably with ...
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How can I look up words with digammas?

(Digammas? Digammai? Digammata?) This question revolved around a dialectal form that I'd never seen before. Normally when encountering a new Greek word, Attic or otherwise, my first instinct is to ...
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Wheelock vs Lingua Latina?

I would like to compare Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata and Wheelock's Latin. I understand that this might come down to personal preference, but I would like to know which one is a better resource for ...
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What is the most helpful dictionary for post-medieval works of philosophy and mathematics?

I need Latin for my natural-language artificial intelligence research, and I've been at it for enough years that I can read Latin well, but need extensive practice with composition. Thus I have ...
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How to curse someone in Latin?

Suppose I want to curse someone — I want to ask some gods or spirits to do evil upon a particular person. (No, I'm not angry at any user of this site.) How do I do this in Latin? I am not ...
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Where does this (Sappho?) fragment come from

In my file of Sappho translations, the next-to-last fragment reads: [–u–x κ]αδδέκεται μέλαινα [–u– πόλλ]ων ἀχέων ἐπαύσθη [–u–x] Ἀτρεϊδαι τελέσθη[ν –uu–x] Sooner or later, it's going to end ...
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Studying Latin After Wheelock [duplicate]

I used to study Latin at my old high school. I was pretty good, and finished 2 years, enough to take the SAT II Latin test, if I so wished. However, I then switched to a high school that doesn't ...
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How do I locate a classical quotation?

This recent question brought up the quotation numqvam est ille miser cui facile est mori. A bit of Google indicates that this (probably) comes from Seneca. But from there, how would I find the ...
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Inscriptions in statues along Via dei Fori Imperiali

I am interested in a couple of statues in Rome. They are on the north side of Via dei Fori Imperiali, between Via Cavour and Piazza Venezia. If my memory serves me well, they are of key figures in ...
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Dictionary for New Latin words

Is there an online dictionary that contains many New Latin words with macrons? I know there is already a post about dictionaries: Which online Latin dictionaries should I use and why? However, the ...
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What's the easiest way to find an entry in Lewis and Short?

When I come across a word I don't recognize, or I need to check the conjugation pattern for a verb, I usually default to Lewis and Short. Perseus's lookup tool provides a nice means to locate any ...
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What are the most important scholarly resources for Latin and Greek historical linguistics?

When it comes to historical linguistics (history, prehistory, Indo-European studies, etymology) of Latin and Greek, what are the most important resources? The resources can be historical grammars, ...
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Material for learning new poetic meters

I like metric poetry, and sometimes I want to broaden my horizons by learning a new poetic meter. This has proven quite difficult, because the descriptions in many guides are quite terse. For example, ...
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Latin Bibles (other than Vulgata) available as text?

Is it possible to find the text online of any of the Bibles/NT's in the list below? I fetched the "text only" option of Beza's NT from archive.org, but the amount of typos is considerable :( Theodore ...
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Resources for pronouncing Latin

What resources are out there for learning to pronounce Latin? Latin was pronounced differently in different places and eras, so resources for any part of the spatiotemporal realm of Latin are welcome. ...
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How to search for neuters ending in -tus?

For reasons of rhyming I sometimes need to search for Latin words with specific kinds of endings. Translating songs to Latin is a hobby that seems to inevitably lead to this need. I would like to ...
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Old illustrated books showing daily life in ancient Greece or Rome

When I was learning French, I found it very helpful to work on my vocabulary using a picture book called First Thousand Words in French. For example, it would have something like a full-page picture ...
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Statistics for why people choose to study Latin

I would like to know why people have chosen to study Latin. I am not looking for personal anecdotes but statistics. Are there any studies on why students who choose Latin do so? If there are several, ...
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Good student edition of Terence?

I'm looking for a good student edition of Terence (any or all of the plays). I have a couple from the 17th or 18th century that are pretty good for my purposes, but I'd love not to have to deal with ...
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Hutchinson's Latin translation of Xenophon's Anabasis

Does anyone know where I could find a complete version of Hutchinson's Latin translation of Xenophon's Anabasis? A partial version is linked below. (The box at the top lists the available sections.) ...
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An edition of the whole Metamorphoses for easy reading?

Is there an edition of Ovid's Metamorphoses in Latin that comes with auxiliary features to make it an easier read? I want to read it in Latin, but to make it more pleasurable, I would like support ...
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Resources that classify words/definitions by period in Latin history?

I'm trying to develop a stronger sense of what/how Latin vocabulary was used at different points in the history of the language. In looking around Google and archive.org, I've found dictionaries from, ...
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How can I find words matching a particular pattern?

When I asked about verbs in -o-, Rafael and Joonas both brought up a wonderfully useful tool: using Perseus to find all words matching the pattern *oo. But what if I don't want to find the dictionary ...
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How was Roman money handled in bulk?

I have long puzzled over the Romans’ banking system, and how large sums of cash were, say, put out at interest. I can see that, say, a million denarii at about a gram each would weigh about 1,000 kg. ...
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Roman adage: The best death

There is a very famous quotation from one of the Roman authors to the effect that the best death is the one for which you can choose the time, and the second best is the one that comes unexpected. For ...
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Trying to find Latin resource I used to have years ago

Once I found online an old (I believe 16th century, but not sure) list of simple sentences, Latin and their English translation side by side. I've tried with no avail to find them again through google,...
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A software in Latin?

I visited a webpage translating a bunch of IT words into Latin, so I know the vocabulary does exist. As I'm an avid language learner, sometimes I download apps and software in a foreign language to ...
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Is there a descriptive modern Latin grammar?

There is a lot of Latin grammars out there, but here I am looking for a specific kind: a descriptive modern Latin grammar. By modern Latin I mean the Latin of our own era. I would like it to be as ...
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Are the two types of lustra distinguishable?

One meaning of the word lustrum is a sacrifice for purification done every five years; another is a house of ill repute. I'd always figured that the two were complete homophones. However, someone ...