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What does "Vivamus vel libero perit Americae" on Hannity's new book mean?

That's not a simple question, because this is not a real sentence Perditianus on Reddit pointed out on May 16 that this is exactly what Google Translate gives for “Live free or America dies”. So it ...
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Meaning of "cum inter nonnullos"

Bulls and other papal writings generally do not have a formal name. For convenience, the first few words of the text are often adopted as an informal name. This is the case here. The bull was issued ...
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What does "Vivamus vel libero perit Americae" on Hannity's new book mean?

As the other answers indicate, this is nonsense. But I think it would be helpful to provide (1) a parsing of the nonsense Latin, and (2) a good translation of the intended phrase. Parsing of nonsense ...
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What does "Vivamus vel libero perit Americae" on Hannity's new book mean?

Nothing. I think it's Google Translate nonsense, but it's perplexing that it'd find its way to a cover. The results may depend on the user, but I get these translations: Live Free or Die: America > ...
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Is this printing style common in Latin books?

It is called a catchword and is common in manuscripts and in early printed books. Usually it appears only on the verso (even-numbered pages) and it allows the bookbinders to make sure that nothing is ...
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Where can I find large public domain texts in latin?

Fortunately, almost all Classical Latin texts are in the public domain, since almost all Classical Latin authors have been dead for about two thousand years. Translations and commentaries are a ...
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Is this printing style common in Latin books?

This 'typesetting leader' was widely in use from early printing times but was not universal, as your examples indicate. In English, it occurs, for example, in Gibbon's History of the Decline & ...
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Is there a Latin translation of the Epic of Gilgamesh?

As fdb says, there is not, to my knowledge, a proper Latin translation of The Epic of Gilgamesh. Any efforts to do so would have been a 20th or 21st century affair, as the text was lost in antiquity ...
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What are some notable works never translated from Latin?

One very important work seems to be never translated: The glossa ordinaria on the Corpus iuris civilis. This is the result of more than a century of work of law professors (esp. in Bolonga; caled ...
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Is there any new published book that is written in latin?

Here's a list I started to compile, most of which can be found at Amazon: Harrius Potter et Philosophi Lapis (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone) Harrius Potter et Camera Secretorum (Harry ...
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Is there any new published book that is written in latin?

Yes, precisely one crapload. There is a large number of Latin "novellas" as they're called which are typically written by bored Latin teachers with too much time on their hands for their ...
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Elementary Grade Latin Programs: Macrons

I agree that macrons are useful, but I can also see some reasons why others might oppose them. Here are some possible reasons to leave macrons out (with my comments): Real-life Latin texts typically ...
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Reading latin texts as a beginner

You seem to be reading texts that are above you skill level. You are maximally vague about the type of text you read (your full description of it is, and I quote, “a book” ;-)), but it is simply no ...
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Sextus Empiricus and Latin

Congratulations on setting for yourself a worthy goal! I think that Duolingo and Lingua Latina are great places to start. Once you graduate from them let me recommend that you dive straight away into ...
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Confusion regarding reference to Latin in "Infinite Jest" book

Exit is a Latin word meaning literally "he/she/it leaves". It comes from ex "out of, away from" + it "he/she/it goes", a form of eō, īre, "to go".
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Is reading translations like Winnie ille Pu and Alicia in Terra Mirabili good practice for approaching classical texts?

Nothing beats reading the real thing. If you're looking for an intermediate-level text between Ørberg and the most literate classical authors, consider the Vulgate. The Vulgate was written by St. ...
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Is reading translations like Winnie ille Pu and Alicia in Terra Mirabili good practice for approaching classical texts?

Honestly, if you've finished the basics of grammar, I'd recommend reading real texts. Abridged versions can be useful, but chiefly to remove some unnecessary parts for enjoyment. They usually don't ...
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Where can I find large public domain texts in latin?

Public domain texts here means “out of copyright and free to use”. While ancients texts are themselves public domain, a modern transcription may not be, as it may amalgamate different sources, make ...
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How were ancient books divided?

Greek and Roman works were generally divided into “books” (libri), each book filling one roll of papyrus. So if a work consists of five books, the whole work would be contained on five rolls. Each ...
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Is Traupman's "Conversational Latin for Oral Proficiency" of good latinity?

I have not seen this book myself, but this review in an academic journal might be of interest to you: https://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/1996/1996.12.12/
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Recommended editions the Aeneid and the Gallic Wars (for AP Latin)

Pharr is definitely a common high school Vergil textbook. I'm sympathetic to it, and not just because we used it as well. Since getting through all of Vergil and Caesar in one year is unlikely, ...
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Is this printing style common in Latin books?

I've even seen this in old books written in other languages as well (including Dutch, English and French). It's a thing they used to do, but usually stopped doing many years ago (it would be great if ...
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How was the original Ovid Metamorphoses formatted/punctuated most likely?

I suspect you're more interested in the punctuation in Classical Latin rather than Ovid's mss per se and their transmission. With Ovid, we don’t have anything extant really until the High Middle Ages ...
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asustilbar (?): a strange word from the Tractatus de Herbis

In Isidore (translated Barney et al.) Etymologies XX which is the section on cookery, Isidore explains assus: Roasted (assus), something that is blazing hot, as though the word were arsus, ...
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Ranking of the Books of the Nova Vulgata by difficulty

Your question brings me back to the days when I first started studying Latin in earnest. I purchased copies of the vulgate, the Clementina, the Stuttgart edition, and the Nova. I started reading the ...
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Ranking of the Books of the Nova Vulgata by difficulty

I've only read the older Clementine Vulgate and this is my gut ranking (easiest to hardest): Mark, Matthew, John, Luke and Acts, All Epistles (Paul especially hard). I just remember Mark and Matthew ...
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Is etymology the best way or a good way to build Latin vocabulary?

Humans learn best by connecting new information to existing information in a variety of ways, and paying attention to etymology is a good way to contribute to that. It's a little unclear what you mean ...
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