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Descriptive example of Cicero's style

The first example that comes to my mind is the beginning of the Second Catilinarian: Tandem aliquando, Quirites, L. Catilinam furentem audacia, scelus anhelantem, pestem patriae nefarie molientem, ...
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What have we learned about Latin in the last century?

It is always difficult to make this kind of charts. I think that the best thing that has been done on Latin over the last decades was to start studying it from a more linguistic point of view. By ...
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Where does our knowledge of the ancient poetic meters come from?

We know that meter existed because Aristotle in his Poetics flatly tells us so. Moreover, we have quite a bit of testimony from ancient grammarians like Quintilian and Victorinus, whose work on meters ...
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Where to find an online Latin text corpus and what can I do with it?

The PHI Classical Latin Texts Database http://latin.packhum.org The Packard Humanities Institute provides free access to Latin Litterature texts from the beginning to ~200 AD. There are currently ...
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How much larger are Latin texts translated into English?

It may be apposite to say that, for five modern works of varying styles translated into Latin, I turned a total of 295,700 words of English into 212,300 of Latin. This represents a surprisingly ...
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Descriptive example of Cicero's style

Hic enim dies vobis, patres conscripti, inluxit, haec potestas data est, ut, quantum virtutis, quantum constantiae, quantum gravitatis in huius ordinis consilio esset, populo Romano declarare possetis....
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Where to find an online Latin text corpus and what can I do with it?

This is a meta-answer on How to find Latin corpora? Go to the Virtual Language Observatory (run by the European Union financed CLARIN project), search all resources and restrict the search to Latin ...
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How to better distinguish words in Gregorian Chant?

I'm an experienced chant singer, so I do have some first-hand knowledge about what might be going on here. 1) The clarity of words in chant is important. But the problem for listeners is that the ...
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How do we know where the Roman prose stress was?

W. Sidney Allen in Vox Latina says that various grammarians such as Quintilian stated the rules quite unambiguously (although he also writes that "there is some controversy about the nature of the ...
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What are the benefits of studying Latin?

I am a novice student of Latin. I found the following summary from the Department of the Classics at the University of Illinois in Urbana - Champaign rewarding. I've reproduced it here in part, and ...
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Material for learning new poetic meters

It takes a long time to master Latin poetry, and a lot of practice in reading before you can attempt to write it. The metrical schemes are not hard to follow, but declaiming the poems as the classical ...
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Where to find an online Latin text corpus and what can I do with it?

The Latine version of Wikisource Wikisource can be a good idea, as I think its code is pretty good standardized — as an illustration, books can be exported in many formats with this (experimental) ...
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Where to find an online Latin text corpus and what can I do with it?

The Latin Library is one possibility. It is very light, consisting of simple HTML pages with no unnecessary features. There are no additional features, just the Latin texts. Some might argue that also ...
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Garden path sentences in classical Latin

REGINAM NOLITE OCCIDERE TIMERE BONUM EST SI OMNES CONSENTIUNT EGO NON CONTRADICO - though that one is less about multiple meanings in one word, and more about multiple possible locations for a comma, ...
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A representative work of Ovid

So much the hardest part of your question lies in trying to select something representative of Ovid that I was tempted to reply 'everything and nothing'. Ovid was something of a poet's poet, which is ...
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How to find scholarly articles related to Latin?

The only thing I can suggest is to become a regular reader of the standard specialist journals. A good start would be with these ones: https://www.jstor.org/publisher/classical
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Research or other reliable statistics about Latin proficiency today

I suggest contacting the folks at various organs and organizations. Jason Pedicone at Paideia, somebody at the Vivarium Novum, Terence Tunberg, Nancy Llewellyn, the ALF, Reginald Foster, Gaius Licoppe,...
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Translating Scientific Latin

Had you considered Adelard of Bath? His translation of Euclid (from Arabic) and his treatise on the Astrolabe (written for William II) are both significant. "Various questions" is a bit long-winded ...
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Where to find an online Latin text corpus and what can I do with it?

The Loeb Classical Library has a search engine for searching a Latin text corpus. https://www.loebclassics.com/search It also has a library of books from Loeb that can be read for free.
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How to find scholarly articles related to Latin?

Subscription only (available mostly to institutions): Brill Online Reference Works De Gruyter (includes Journal of Latin Linguistics and excellent New Perspectives on Historical Latin Syntax four-...
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Material for learning new poetic meters

The online database The Meters of Roman Comedy, by Timothy J. Moore, allows you to search the works of Plautus and Terence for examples of lines in specific meters. While limited in scope of authors ...
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Translating Scientific Latin

Newer forms of Latin tends to be much easier than classical Latin because the Romans used relatively sophisticated forms of expression. In ancient Rome education was almost entirely focused on ...
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Where to find an online Latin text corpus and what can I do with it?

The Perseus Digital Library has a search engine for searching a Latin text corpus. http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/ It also lets you look up a Latin word and see its morphology.
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Material for learning new poetic meters

I recommend listening to the sung recordings made by Tyrtarion. Here's a playlist of their work. The melodies and delivery are meant to highlight metrical patterns and the Vivarium Novum academy (...

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