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Does "virtus" apply to women?

Yes, they did, with some caveats. And not just women, but inanimate things as well. Here's but one example, from Juvenal's sixth satire, showing its more neutral use with which English adopted: ......
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Roman wedding congratulations

Roman weddings, although merry, were somewhat more solemn than modern ones and the central aspect were serious hymns. There is a work by Ausonius called Cento Nuptualis in which a wedding is described....
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Is the inscription "avoca te" really a novel phrase?

A search through the PHI corpus reveals that the exact phrase avoca te was never used in any surviving work of classical literature. I don't know of an easy way to search through the corpus of ...
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Translation of the game hide-and-seek

Just apodidrascinda is valid Renaissance Latin. The k is instead spelled with c as per the classical Romanization of Greek. Caeterum * apodidrascinda est, hic quidem in medio conniuens considet, aut ...
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Is the inscription "avoca te" really a novel phrase?

Broadening the search a little bit, I found an almost identical phrase in Sermon 261 of St. Augustine (AD 354-430): Prius ergo cogita de corde mundando: hoc habeto negotium, ad hoc te avoca, insta ...
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