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Dative of Reference: (D of R)

North & Hillard Ex. 204; Q1: the following is to be translated into Latin: "If he had not mocked me, I should perhaps have forgiven him." (Impossible conditions: past tense: pluperfect subjunctive ...
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How would you translate this sentence?

I am currently working on a translation passage adapted from Livy 43.4 by Ashley Carter, titled Hortensius at Abdera, but got stuck only a few lines into it. Here is the sentence that I am struggling ...
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Can the title “Pie Pellicane, Iesu Domine” be shortened?

I have a question regarding the Pelican Piety allegory. Is it accurate to inscribe it this way: IESU PIE PELLICANE For lack of space on artistic scroll work, is this accurate?
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Do Crashing Vowels Disqualify Words?

In Q: "Contra felicem vix deus vires habet" - Need advice on replacing the word "Felicem"; suggested that "felicem" be replced by "audacem". Thanks to Hugh who indicated the ...
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How to translate: “If anyone asks what you are now learning tell them they are unworthy?”

I am curious about the best way to translate this sentence into Latin: "If anyone asks what you are now learning tell them they are unworthy" Thanks in advance! -Sue
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Climate Change--Revised

Firstly, thanks to brianpck, Joonas, cnread & Quidam for their intervention and many helpful suggestions on the restructuring of this Q. Climate change (CC)/ Global Warming (GW)--phrases that ...
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What does “Filiane” mean?

I am learning Latin from Collar and Daniell's FIRST YEAR LATIN. In LESSON IV: THE GENITIVE CASE TO DENOTE POSSESSION, an exercise is given (sentence translation). Some examples: Līberatne? Līberō, ...
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Gone But Not Forgotten

On the Andrew Marr TV-prog (Sunday, 10/11/2019) General Sir Nicholas Carter was interviewed. When Marr asked about the declining interest in Remembrance-Day Commemorations, the general quoted ...
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How do I translate this phrase?

The phrase is "apud milites questus fratrem sibi insidias comparare". I know all the words individually but for some reason, the sentence just is not coming together in my mind. To give some context, ...
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Memento Mori--Revisited

In Q:What does memento mori actually mean? there does not appear to be a natural conclusion. Apposite contributions appeared as comments but were not developed. Perhaps it was believed that the Q. had ...
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Is “semper in animi” be a reasonable translation of always in our minds

Would "semper in animi" be a reasonable translation of always in our minds as in always remembered in a fond, personal sense when thinking about your parents?
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Puzzling grammar in a Sappho line

A combination of LP fragments, found at 6.A.i here, has the following first two lines: ἐπτάξατε̣ [          ] δροσ[ό]εσσα[-     ] ...
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“Opusculum hoc, quamdiu vixero, doctioribus emendandum offero.”?

I found the following quote at the beginning of a book on Indo-European linguistics: "Opusculum hoc, quamdiu vixero, doctioribus emendandum offero." (Iunius, Observationes) I'm trying to figure ...
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Not fallen in Latin

Would "Non Lapsus" be a good way of writing "Not Fallen" in Latin? (Lapsus chosen because it refers to the Biblical Fall of Man)
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Superlatives In Subordinate Clauses

North & Hillard Ex. 198 begins: "It was already dawning when the general gave the signal, promising a great reward to the first man who climbed the walls." The translation: "iam illucescebat cum ...
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Latin expression for “carrying something on one's back”

In Spanish, the word cuesta is nowadays used as slope. Nonetheless, the etymology of the word indicates that it comes fom Latin costa, ae meaning "a side" but also "a rib". In fact, an old meaning for ...
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Second vs. third person in future imperative for a general rule or maxim

I am trying to translate "plan [in order] to achieve" into Latin. Is it more appropriate to use second ("meditator ut consequaris") or third person ("meditator ut consequatur") in future imperative ...
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How to translate “A moment in my arms, a lifetime in my heart” for a tattoo?

I’m in need of some help with a translation from English to Latin. I’m in the middle of designing a tattoo and the client wants the sentence ‘A moment in my arms, a lifetime in my heart’ to be ...
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Alternative forms in second-person singular present active subjunctive [duplicate]

I am trying to translate "plan [in order] to achieve" into Latin. From the dictionary it looks like both "meditator ut consequaris" and "meditator ut consequare" are grammatically correct. Are they, ...
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Are there linguistic arguments for the claim that “Odi et amo” in Catullus (LXXXV) cannot be translated as 'I hate and I love'?

On the basis of literary arguments, Arkins (2011) THE MEANING OF ‘ODI ET AMO’ IN CATULLUS 85 came to the interesting conclusion that Odi et amo in the following famous poem by Catullus (LXXXV) cannot ...
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A Convenient Co-operation

Continuing with Q: "We Triumph While Our Enemy Sleeps"; SELDOM SCENE (5/7/2019): was astonished that soldiers would enjoy the luxury of sleep while an enemy army approaches; effectively, co-operating ...
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“Laughing our heads off” in Latin

As a follow-up of an interesting question on a typological classification of Latin (Are Latin verbs of motion satellite-framed or verb-framed? ), I was wondering if Latin has (semi)idiomatic ...
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How would you translate γέγονεν in John 1:15?

I'm translating the 15th verse of John 1, and I'm curious to know the nuances of translating the phrase ὁ ὀπίσω μου ἐρχόμενος ἔμπροσθέν μου γέγονεν, and especially the word γέγονεν. Below is the NA28 ...
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What is the correct translation for “The story is not over”?

What is the correct translation for "The story is not over"? "Story" here refers to the metaphorical story of our lives (so rather fabula than historia). "Not over" means that's not completed and that ...
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Would You Have a Great Empire--Revisited?

Re: Q asked by colleague, Clark (6/5/2019). So "imperium habere vis magnum?" given as "Would you have a great Empire?". If this is indirect speech, then He (Publilius Syrus) said that the empire (...
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A Quas/ Quarum Conflict

In North & Hillard Ex. 200; the following is to be translated into Latin: "He forgot all the wrongs which he had suffered, and by his arrival brought safety to the state which had treated him so ...
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How to say 'striped' in Latin

I'm looking for a way to describe striped cloth — that is, with regular stripes all over, or like the stripes on the flag of the USA. I'm well aware of the stripe on a toga, angusticlavus, etc. But ...
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Translation of Scottish 16th century church stained glass

This piece of stained glass (about 500mm x 400mm) is in our house but came from our adjoining castle. I think it came from a since ruined church on the same site. Anyone know what it means?
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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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How to translate without verb form?

I am hoping to translate the following from English to Latin: "From Your Grace, I shall know no fear." Latin structure however doesn't use 'shall' apparently. What would the most accurate ...
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Did Google Translate give me a literary grade translation of “to the end of the chapter.”

I'm typesetting a book wherein the author regularly references his other works, inviting the reader to study from one particular sub-section until or through the end of the chapter. Unfortunately, ...
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Translation for “Made by” or typical Latin equivalent

I’m looking for the correct way to say “made by” or “created by” for a custom garment tag. I have heard of "fecit" coming after a name but I’m thinking about bookplates and the “ex Libris” header as ...
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How to translate “Carpe That Diem” properly into Latin?

I was in a store today when I came across a notebook that said "Carpe That Diem" on the cover. How would one translate this phrase into Latin properly? At first I thought to simply translate "that" ...
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How do I translate “On the Nature of Renewal” into Latin?

I'm trying to create a title in latin: On the Nature of Renewal where Renewal could be exchanged with Rebirth or Regeneration, and Nature is maybe better as Subject. With this structure, I figured ...
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<quality> even for being a <noun>

Salvēte omnēs, hocc erit mihi prīmum rogātum hāc in sēde. Haud dūdum vīdī quendam hominem scīscitārī, quōmodo posset Latīnē dīcī "he has a long tail, even for a cat". Ad quod rogātum cum respondēre ...
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Names of main Tintin characters in latin?

The website Tintinologist.org gives the following suggestions but it is not complete for the latin language. What would be some good latin names for the various Tintin characters ? Other characters ...
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How complex a motion event can be in Classical Latin

How natural would you judge the translation of the following English sentence into Latin? He still wandered on, out of the little high valley, over its edge, and down the slopes beyond. '...
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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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Present Subjunctive Passive

North & Hillard Ex. 213; Q5: the following is to be translated into Latin: "I am willing to send anyone at all to find out what is going on." The answer: "volo quemvis (quemlibet) mittere ...
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Why was ante tribus translated as “fifteen years ago”?

In an answer I posted here, I provided someone else's translation which translated ante tribus as "fifteen years ago". The translation provided in the question also translated tribus the same way: ...
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“Ite, missa est.” Direct meaning of “Missa est” [duplicate]

In the Catholic liturgy at the dismissal, the Latin phrase used is "Ite, missa est." The usual translation for this is "Go, it is the dismissal." My question is, what is the meaning of "Missa est" ...
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Can you please fix the mistakes in translating these prayers from Koine Greek to English (Part 2 of 2)?

This is a continuation from this question I do not know nearly enough Koine Greek to point out what I am specifically unsure about. That said, I do know enough to see that the Greek and English texts ...
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Can you please fix the mistakes in translating these prayers from Koine Greek to English (Part 1 of 2)?

This question is continued here I do not know nearly enough Koine Greek to point out what I am specifically unsure about. That said, I do know enough to see that the Greek and English texts do not ...
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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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How to say “the word as a weapon”?

As the titles implies, I wish to know how "The word as a weapon" translates into Latin. I think it would be a cool name for a debate club that I'm setting up.
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Ancient greek translation exercise - narration, meaning of singular *οὔτε*

In First Greek Book by John Williams White following passage is given for reader to translate: Τισσαφέρνες δέ, ὀ τῆς Καρίας σατράπης, τῷ Κύρῳ πολέμιος ἦν, τότε δὲ οὔτε ἐστράτευεν ἐπ' αὔτε διήρπαζε ...
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Translating “day one” into Latin

What would be the ideal translation of ‘one day’ and ‘day one’? I.e. you can choose to do something ‘one day’, or today could be ‘day one’ if you get started now.
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Parsing Priapea 31

Intermediate here. I am having a hard time parsing this poem (Carmina Priapea 31). Apologies for the tawdry material, by the way :) Donec proterva nil mei manu carpes, licebit ipsa sis pudicior ...
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Fortune Favors the Bold

I have seen quite a few translations such as, Audentes Fortuna Juvas Audentis Fortuna Iuvat Audecis Fortuna Juvat But, what is the correct translation? I am looking for the one which matches ...
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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.