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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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Is "intrum" a word?

There is a company called Intrum, which was called Intrum Justitia from its founding in 1923 to a merger in 2017. This strikes me as a clear attempt at making a name sound more prestigious by making ...
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How can I translate this sentence in Latin [closed]

i would like to know how i could say " Art Feeds My Soul" in latin. If anyone can help translate it, i would appreciate it! Thank you!
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What does the word "recusus" mean in book titles?

A bit of a mystery here (for someone not very well-versed in Latin at least). I often encounter the word recusus in book titles of the post-classical period, usually but not always in conjunction with ...
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Remainder and quotient in latin?

I am a beginner in Latin and I write most of my math lectures in Latin. I searched at Wikipedia and other sites but I can't find any translation of these words.
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Understanding the spelling deviation from the scripture in the title of a sundial nearby a Catholic church in Moscow

In Moscow, nearby the Church of St. Louis of the French, a parish church of the French Catholic community in Moscow, embedded into the wall of the building that back in the day was the church’s ...
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Homeric word for a tent?

The word I've seen for "tent" in koine is σκηνή, but this word doesn't seem to occur in Homer. The Greeks' shelters on the shore of Troy are κλισίαι, which Cunliffe translates as "hut ...
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Did the Romans have a Latin word for 1000 years?

Did the Romans have a specific word to imply 1000 years? Millennium is Latin, of course, but it's later Latin and I'm trying to find something more classical. There are more general words for periods ...
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Homeric expression for "easy?"

All of the following seem to be expressions in ancient Greek meaning "easy," as in "tic tac toe is an easy game:" εὐπετής εὔπορος ῥᾳδιος εὐμαρής εὔκοπος However, none of these ...
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What is the difference between uti and quare?

Uti and quare seem to have similar meanings, (how? or in what manner?) Is there a difference between the two words? What situations would they be used in that would differ?
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Peculiar use of 'neque'

In Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata Pars I, cap. VI it says, Quam longa est via Flaminia? Neque ea tam longa est quam via Appia. I am unsure as to how to translate 'neque' here or rather why it is ...
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Difference between vaco and vagor?

The verbs vaco and vagor seem to be very similar but nevertheless are obviously carefully differentiated in Latin and were not coalesced, so I suppose there is some specific difference in meaning ...
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The word bibliopolium means a bookstore?

I have been trying out Rosetta Stone's Latin instruction program, which is kind of interesting because it attempts to teach modern conversational Latin, as though it were a living language, which is ...
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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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Can "Pulsus" be used to suggest the beating of a pulse from something other than the human body?

Pulsus when used with arterium specifically references the beating of the arteries in a person. If I wanted to describe something inanimate as having a pulse, would it make sense to an ancient Roman ...
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Use of "in" with ablative

I'm hoping someone can clarify the meaning of the medieval Latin phrase "in ipsa" when referring to a decision or action not being "in" or "upon" someone, which I assume ...
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how to express "indefinite distributive numerals" ("several dollars each")? is aliquoteni classical?

In answer to the question Quotiens? (How many times), one can respond with aliquotiens (several times). But for the question Quoteni? (How many of each), can he come up with aliquoteni? For I can't ...
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What is the difference between these two variants of the word?

I am looking for a Latin translation of the word arsonist. Having made translations in various machine translation software it all narrows to two choices. One is incendiarius and the other is ...
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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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Can "homo" be used as an impersonal pronoun?

In English, we can say "one must do this" or "one should do that", as a way of referring to any person, not just one person in specific. Can homo be used in a similar fashion in ...
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How did people describe flags and banners using Latin?

This is my first time on the forum, so If there's any tips to get my question answered feel free to share. I have been working on a Minecraft resource pack that changes the Latin setting, hopefully ...
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What is the best word for "constellation"?

In a previous question about a Cicero quote, he uses the word sidera. Lewis & short give the definition of sidus as: a group of stars, constellation, heavenly body Astrum has a similar ...
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Is my translation of "Under the light of the shining star" correct?

I've translated the title "Under the light of the shining star" into Latin: Sub Lux Astri Lucens Sub Luce Astri Lucentis Is this correct? I've not learned participle forms of verbs yet, ...
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Did perveniō acquire a new meaning in Late Antiquity?

Introduction I am reading an article by Bowersock.¹ In a discussion of the removal of Āra Victōria from the Senate, he references Symmachus’ ‘ūnō itinere nōn potest pervenīrī ad tam grande sēcrētum’. ...
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Writing "I'm proud of myself"

I came up with "mihi superbus sum" with "mihi" as the Dative form of ego for "of myself", "superbus" for "proud", and "sum" for "I'm&...
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How can I define a new word in Latin?

As Latin is an ancient language, many words denoting new meanings are not available. So, I think it's necessary to define some new words in Latin. For example, principissa (a New Latin word, just ...
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How do you say “anyway” in Latin?

Using ‘anyway’ to indicate that the previous matter was an aside, or it doesn’t affect the conclusion, for instance, to say: “It was wet and nobody was at the park. Anyway, I went home.”
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Where can I find large public domain texts in latin?

I need to have a large selection of free, publicly available texts in Latin on the internet, hoping to train an neural network (computer algorithm) on it. It would eventually be able to generate ...
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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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Dramatis Personae but for important words

What is a phrase that acts like Dramatis Personae (for listing the important characters of a play) but for the important words? I've thought of Dramatis Vocabulum, but I'm sure there's a better answer ...
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Translate "Now and Forever" into Latin

On Gary Numan's new album Intruder, he has a song called Now and Forever, which also uses that line repeatedly throughout the song. How would you express this in Latin? The lyrics are from a first-...
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List of locations in a play (analogue of ‘Dramatis Personae’)

The phrase ‘Dramatis Personae’ is conventionally used to describe a list of characters in a play. What would be an analogous phrase to describe a list of places/locations/settings (eg ‘Elsinore, ...
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How this phrase could be written in classical latin?

How would the phrase "Vi veri vniversum vivvs vici" be written in Classical Latin? As far as I know, it is by Christopher Marlowe, originally written as Vi veri vniversum vivus vici, used in ...
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How do you say "I am vaccinated" in Latin?

How do you say that you have been vaccinated in Latin? I'm not sure how to construct this tense, and I'm not familiar with a modern Latin verb for "vaccinate".
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Did the Romans have a word for "genius"?

I am looking for a Latin word corresponding to the common modern English sense of the word "genius", a person with extraordinary ability in a specific field. I do not want to refer to the ...
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Adverbial intensifier

Populi! I try to find a word in Latin which couriers this specific sense: right, just, the very; and still found nothing. I mean that I can find it in many another languages: right here, just behind, ...
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How to say "bad batch" in Latin?

Suppose one of the four batches of amphorae produced yesterday at my pottery is discovered to be deficient and has to be thrown away instead of being sold. What should I call such a "bad batch&...
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Differences between cano and canto

In Cap. X of LLPSI, Ørberg introduces the verb cano, having introduced canto in a previous chapter. The usage of both so far is just sing, but are there more nuanced differences between the two? From ...
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How do you say "anything is possible" in Latin?

If you wanted to say that anything is possible in Latin, how would you do it? One possibility I thought of was something like: Omne posse I'm not sure that omne quite captures the nuance of anything ...
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What would an election campaign be called in Latin?

Our site has its first election now and the voting period starts in 12 hours. Therefore it is a good moment to figure out some of the election vocabulary in Latin. What would be a good Latin word for ...
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What does "Prout necessitas ferat atque experientia suffragetur" translate to in English?

What would this latin sentence mean : "Prout necessitas ferat atque experientia suffragetur" ? No idea... Note: found in this link
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In Matthew 27, why does the Vulgate call the graves of people who were resurrected along with Jesus "monumentum", but Jesus's grave "sepulchrum"?

In Matthew 27, why does the Vulgate call the graves of people who were resurrected along with Jesus "monumentum", but Jesus's grave "sepulchrum"? Matthew 27:53 says, in Vulgate: ...
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Latin justification for the English word tradent

I was reading the following thread https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/tradent.3819293/ - There it is stated that the English word tradent, according to the OED means Chiefly in Rabbinic Jewish ...
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Translate "I will cast my shadow" into Latin

I want to translate I will cast my shadow into Latin. This phrase is inspired from a poem by Horace, that has the line: Pulvis et Umbra Sumus My interpretation of this is that we are simply our ...
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Homeric hapax legomenon ἐγγεινομαι -- is it not real?

There is a 2018 thesis by Alexandra Kozak, "Le Dictionnaire des hapax dans la poésie grecque archaïque, d'Homère à Eschyle," freely downloadable from https://tel.archives-ouvertes.fr/tel-...
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Could one consider using Latin as a daily casual language these days?

I just saw a video asking like how would one say I just had an avocado toast and thought about some of the new stuff that didn't exist back then. How would we integrate new words into the Latin ...
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What is the ancient Greek word for apprenticeship?

I'm looking for an ancient Greek word that denotes a trainee craftsman's regime of study under a master, I found the word μαθητεία but I'm unsure if that is a word in ancient Greek or only in modern ...
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ATM in Vatican City: "Inserito scidulam quaeso ut faciundam cognoscas rationem"

The automated teller machines in Vatican City show this screen when awaiting a card: Could someone, quaeso, break this down word by word? There are a number of things here that I find puzzling or ...
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Determining the etymology of words in Latin

I am interested in the etymology of words in Latin. Is there a resource available that could help me determine if a word is specifically from Old, New or Vulgar Latin etc. according to a time it is ...
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Why -ώς in αἰδώς?

The word αἰδώς means awe, shame, or respect. There are related words such as αἰδοῖος. I feel like I ought to be training my brain to recognize inflections in order to get clues as to meaning, but as ...

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