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Such A Precedent

In the TV series, "I Claudius" (BBC, 1976) there was a scene in which the Ambassador, Appius Iunius Silanus, attempts to assassinate Emperor Claudius (occupational hazard) and fails. In the aftermath, ...
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Feedback on Latin to English Translation

I am currently learning Latin and is a beginner. However, I am unsure of my answers and is looking for help to proofread and provide suggestions for improvement. Would appreciate all feedback I ...
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Looking for a direct quote from Heraclitus expressing that everything changes

I am in search of a direct quote (as close as possible) from Heraclitus that expresses the idea that life is flux -or- everything changes. With the help of this website I have been told that ...
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Looking for Correct Greek Translation for Heraclitus

I have found this quote in a variety of sources, but am wary of the Greek translation (knowing nothing of greek in its many forms over the years) COuld someone help me correctly find the original ...
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Translation norms: a dash instead of “esse”

What option is preferable in the translation of a phrase, say, "bad thoughts give rise/lead to bad results" in your opinion? Option 1: cogitationes malae – praemia mala Option 2: cogitationes malae ...
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Translate “Quiet your mind”

I want a proper translation for the English sentence: "Quiet your mind" and also "Quiet yourself" I mean this in the sense of calming your mind and yourself. I want this to be translated as a ...
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Gerundive Confusion

North & Hillard Ex. 196: the following is to be translated into Latin: "He (Hannibal) had almost reached the top of the Alps, when some old men came to him in the guise of envoys. The misfortunes ...
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“The ignorance and the hubris (arrogance) of our adversaries is our biggest asset.”

I would like to translate the sentence The ignorance and the hubris (arrogance) of our adversaries is our biggest asset. into Latin. Google translations do not seem to be entirely correct and I ...
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Conjugation/grammar for fictitious title

In a work of fiction, I have an Order of ordained detectives that do not exist. I use the term Lictor Rebus Sanctorae for the Order, and Lictor Rebus Sanctorus for the male protagonist. I know this ...
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“Explaining oneself” in Classical Latin

How should I say in Classical Latin the following phrases? "Explain yourself!" "I didn't explain myself well", "I didn't make myself / wasn't clear" I've been thinking of the verbs explico and ...
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Translating 'creative by nature' / 'naturally creative' into latin

I would like to know the meaning of 'creative by nature' or 'naturally creative' in latin. According to google translater it is 'natura partum', but when translated back into english it means ...
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Translating “Father knows beer best” into Latin

I'm making a label for my dad's homebrew as a Christmas gift and I'd love to include "Father knows beer best" in Latin as the motto of his company. Could anybody help translate that for me?
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How to say “of the” as in “Church of The Blessed Virgin” with the sense of “belonging to” or “patronage”?

I would be glad if anyone could help me how to translate the name "Church of the Virgin Mary" or at least how to place "of the" in the sense of "belonging in patronage" in such contexts? Other ...
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Reflexive Pronouns

North & Hillard; Ex. 195: the following is to be translated into Latin: "But, since his men had found no water to drink for many hours, they could not be restrained from rushing into the water, ...
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How do you translate this sentence (I thought I knew something, then I realised I knew nothing) to Latin?

I want to translate "I thought I knew something, then I realised I knew nothing" into Latin. The result I got from Google translate is this "Quod cogitavi cognovi: tunc animadvertebam nihil scirem." I ...
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A question about the Swedish “bildning”

(In English below.) Eftersom det inte finns någon korrekt motsvarighet till ordet ”bildning” i engelskan, kan jag bara ställa denna fråga på svenska. Finns det något latinskt uttryck som motsvarar ”...
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Pliny 8.95 - Translation question

I'm in a second semester latin class (hence this might be considered a beginner question) and I have a question about what to me at least is a translation conundrum. The phrase in question, Pliny 8.95,...
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What is 'leading the way day and night' in Latin?

This is the motto for my Dad's SWAT team. They wanted to have a Latin translation and which could be put on a shirt, and possibly their new badge.
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Case of the adjective in “made someone more something”

In A new latin composition by Charles E. Bennett one may find following statement to translate into latin (from Lesson IV): This circumstance made the troops more courageous. My attempt at ...
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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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Translation of a phrase “Catch the moment, …” to Latin

I hope someone who speaks Russian could help me in translating a phrase "Лови момент. Цени мгновение." into Latin. I'm afraid the original meaning could be lost or transformed if I translate it to ...
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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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Correct paraphrase of “navigare necesse est” to “angling is necessary”?

Is 'piscantur necesse est' a correct adaptation of the well-known Plutarch maxim 'navigare necesse est'? I would like to say "angling is necessary", but I am unsure whether it remains correct after my ...
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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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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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Is “responsum est dilectio” the correct translation for “love is the answer”?

Is "responsum est dilectio" the correct translation for "love is the answer"? The translation comes from Google Translate, but I can't find any proof or usage of the sentence which kind of makes me a ...
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Tastes Like Chicken

What Latin I know I've sort-of assimilated from being fluent in Spanish and having some knowledge of French, as well as a life-long interest in English etymology (not a strong foundation for Latin, I ...
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Seeing The Wood For The Trees

North & Hillard Ex. 190; Q1: "While they were cutting down the wood the enemy came upon them." The answer: "dum silvam succidunt eos hostis adoritur." The instruction given by N & H, p.146: ...
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The proper phrase with “adeptus”

As far as I know adeptus means "the one who achieved something", in participial form. mēta means "goal" or "turning point", figuratively. What is the proper combination of them with the meaning "the ...
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Cum plus Subjunctive

North & Hillard, Ex. 189; Q5:"The citizens were almost dead of starvation, when relief arrived." Answer: "cives fame paene mortui sunt cum auxilium advenit." Firstly, I put mortui erant - the-...
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Translation verification

I’m wondering whether my translation is correct. I wrote: tempus fugit; sed muscae fugiunt etiam. I meant for this to mean: Time flies, but flies fly too. I really don't have any knowledge ...
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A phrase of L. Euler on functions

I'm trying to understand the following sentence from Leonhard Euler's Institutionum calculi integralis Vol. III Chap. 2, bottom of p.40: Huiusmodi functiones arbitrarias, prouti hic feci, eiusmodi ...
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Translating “We see great fortune in your daughters' lives, my friend”

So I'm just learning Latin, and I'm not sure if I got this translation right. Whenever you use 'in' in Latin, the predicate noun is refers to and the noun the follows it has to have the same form ...
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How to translate “in truth, beauty”

How should I translate "in truth, beauty" to Latin? It is similar to how in vino veritas means "in wine, truth." I don't know much about Latin and Google Translate wasn't very helpful. It suggested ...
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How to say “not safe for work” in Latin?

A friend of mine and I are trying to create a Latin language equivalent of the English acronym "NSFW", meaning "not safe for work". So far we have: Non tutus ad officina I don't know if this is ...
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What would be a translation for “To have is better than not to have”?

I'm looking for a translation for "To have is better than not to have", which I want to use as a sort of motto for a project I'm doing. I have already asked some friends to help me, and they proposed "...
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A few L. Euler phrases to translate

I have a few Latin sentences from very old mathematical works by Leonard Euler. There is no their translation in the net. I do have their rough interpretation but need more precise and careful one. ...
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How would you say “only when you forget you are human will you remember you are a god”?

Title says it all: I'm looking to translate the English motto "Only when you forget you are human will you remember you are a god." to Latin. Due to the grammar and phrasing of the clauses, Google ...
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Did I translate this correctly?

Did I translate this passage correctly? Is there something that could be corrected or improved? Original: Where other men blindly follow the truth, remember, nothing is true. Where other men ...
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habitabat = dwelt?

Estne hic error translationis? Genesis 25:11 (Vulgata) dicit: et post obitum illius benedixit Deus Isaac filio eius qui habitabat iuxta puteum nomine Viventis et videntis. Anglice autem (Douay ...
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“Quemcunque miserum videris nominem scias”

Can someone help me find the meaning of this phrase? Quemcunque miserum videris nominem scias.
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Is “servos” accusative plural in Plautus's “is est servos ipse” and, if that's the case, why does “esse” takes accusative case there?

I have some troubles in understanding the syntax of a sentence from Plautus's Captivi, line 580; I need to add glosses. The sentence is "Nam is est servos ipse, neque praeter se umquam ei servos fuit"....
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Translation question for a Seneca epistle

I recently came across the aphorism Nam illa tumultū gaudēns nōn est industria, from Seneca's epistle "On True and False Friendship". As far as I can tell, a literal translation would be "For ...
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“Escape from New York” movie - title and tagline translation check

I have a "Escape from New York" movie poster over my desk. It reads: 1997.New York City is a walled maximum security prison.Breaking out is impossible.Breaking in is insane. ESCAPE FROM NEW ...
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What would be the correct translation for “Out of few, many”?

I'm looking for a modification of the famous slogan E pluribus unum which translates to Out of many, one and is the traditional motto of the United States. Instead I want to say Out of few, many. What ...
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Elevatis oculis?

In the Sixto-Clementine Vulgate, Genesis 22:4 reads: die autem tertio, elevatis oculis, vidit locum procul The Douay-Rheims translates: And on the third day, lifting up his eyes, he saw the ...
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From 'Angel of God': “tibi commissum pietate superna”

The traditional Latin prayer, 'Angel of God', goes like this: Ángele Dei, qui custos es mei, me, tibi commissum pietáte supérna, hodie illúmina, custódi, rege et gubérna. Amen. English ...
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Latin to deduct or withhold taxes

What is the correct way to say the following in Latin: "when in doubt, withhold tax" (or "when in doubt, deduct tax") Thanks in advance for your help!
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“Apparently, this user prefers to keep an air of mystery about them” in Latin

I was planning to enhance a bit my profile here, and I thought of using the default StackExchange message, only in Latin. Google Translate turns the well known: Apparently, this user prefers to ...
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Translation of like, like when, as, as if

How do you say the following in Latin? That place is like a paradise. Reading is like travelling with the mind. Love is like when you use a credit card: you are not aware that most likely you will ...