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What is "parecbolae"?

This is a word transliterated and adapted from Greek παρεκβολή (parekbolḗ), from πᾰρά (para-, "near", but here meaning "placed together") and ἐκβολή (ekbolḗ, "throwing out" but here meaning "something ...
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Difference between filiī and liberī

Filius, i means "son" Liberi (masc. plur.) means "children" and more precisely children of free people, i.e. not slaves. This family has 2 sons but 3 children. There probably is a daughter around ...
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Can we finally know the difference between these words?

I would say, in a sense, tandem is little different from the rest, as tandem tends to imply pressure that was accumulating and being released, or something that was expected and finally happens (i.e. ...
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The word *quick* in Latin

From an entry (which includes references here omitted) in Döderlein's Hand-book of Latin Synonymes: Citus; Celer; Velox; Pernix; Properus; Festinus. 1. Citus and celer denote swiftness, merely as ...
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What is the difference between cēvēre and crīsāre?

Dictionaries are notoriously bad at describing sex acts. Thankfully, J. N. Adams rectified that with his The Latin Sexual Vocabulary (Baltimore, 1982). I can add little to what he says of the two ...
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What is the difference in meaning between postposition "causa" and preposition "propter"?

The difference between causa and propter is that propter refers to an existing objective cause or motivation for something; causa refers to an intended purpose of an action, to be realised in the ...
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Difference between Postremo and Postea?

Postremo actually means "at last" or "finally." It is more synonymous with tandem. (Cf. the difference between at last and finally in English.) It's an alternate form of postumus. ...
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Difference between μένω and μίμνω?

You're right that μίμνω is a reduplicated form of μένω. A plurality of attestations seem to come from the epics, and L&S call it a poetic reduplication. μένω was in much wider use, and seems to ...
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What was the standard ancient term for a thermopolium?

pŏpīna is the one, borrowed from Oscan or Umbrian, and cognate with (native Latin) coquina. Indeed, a Packhum search gives no results for thermopolium and 54 results (59 matches) for popina - note ...
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What is "parecbolae"?

I think there is a clue in the sive which separates the word from excerpta. Sive was once customarily used to mean 'or' when giving an explanatory sub-title to a more obscure name. For example, the ...
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Difference between filiī and liberī

Incidentally, starting with Augustus, having three children was honorable and gave men "certain political advantages", whereas having less than three children "restricted a man's ability to accept ...
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can postquam and cum have the same meaning?

I think that Postquam Graeciam veni philosophiam didici and Cum Graeciam venissem philosophiam didici do mean the same thing. According to Woodcock #215, the most common subordinating conjunction ...
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How to distinguish anthropology from human knowledge in Latin?

As Joonas said, this comes down to a distinction between subjective and objective genitive. When a noun is derived from a verb, a subjective genitive indicates the logical subject of that verb ("...
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How to distinguish anthropology from human knowledge in Latin?

Latin has both a possessive and an objective genitive, and so scientia hominum can well mean both "knowledge possessed humans" and "knowledge about humans". Using the genitive will ...

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