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What is the most common classical Latin word that we don't understand?

This is a great question: it's certainly difficult to find Latin words with uncertain meaning that are not hapax legomena. My entry is cortumio, -nis. L&S says that it is "an old word of the ...
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What is the most common classical Latin word that we don't understand?

I wouldn't even try to guess which words are most commonly 'not understood'. The natural world is a rich category here, with many examples of species that cannot be exactly identified: though ...
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Which are the longest words in Latin?

Your word, honorificabilitudinitatibus, seems to be commonly regarded as the longest, and it has the distinction of being used by Shakespeare. However, there's also this one with 28 letters: ...
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How do I locate a classical quotation?

I would suggest the PHI corpus search. To try out your example, I searched for numquam, facile, and mori close to each other, and the whole phrase by Seneca turns up — among a couple of false ...
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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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What is the most common classical Latin word that we don't understand?

As Tom Cotton answered, there are many possible answers in the natural world. According to Wikipedia, both Virgil and Cicero mention aurichalc, which is famous enough to have its own Wikipedia page. ...
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How to download an entire text from Perseus?

I know this question is already (somewhat) answered, but I visited the link in the answer above provided by techvslife and reading through it, I found out that there is now a project called the Scaife ...
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Which are the longest words in Latin?

Even longer than honorificabilitudinitas and attested in antiquity is subductisupercilicarptor (24 letters). If you want to compare it to a dative/ablative plural, then in fairness the word form you ...
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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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Is there a Latin POS-tagged corpus?

I know of three openly accessible Latin corpus with grammatical tags labelled by humans: PROIEL https://github.com/proiel/proiel-treebank/ Perseus https://github.com/PerseusDL/treebank_data Index ...
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How to curse someone in Latin?

You can find some at Attalus, along with a bunch from Roman Britain. The latter is region-specific, but breaks it all down for you. There isn't one way to do so, and there's no special language that ...
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How to curse someone in Latin?

A type of curse seems to have been the phrase "te perdant" after a deity. For example, "Iuppiter te perdat!" and "Iuppiter te dique perdant!", which seem to mean something like "That Jupiter destroys ...
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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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How to download an entire text from Perseus?

I presume that you've been clicking the orange XML button directly below the chunk of text. If you look beneath that, in the gray box that gives licensing info, the second paragraph has an XML ...
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What do the author numbers in PHI5.3 mean?

In case it helps someone figure this out, here are the authors in numerical order. This is a sorted version of the list of authors. The years indicate when the person lived. When unsure, it gives ...
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Which are the longest words in Latin?

First of all, with all due respect, this word is not Classical Latin; it’s a Medieval Latin neologism (a nonce word) that was occasionally used solely because of its length. Secondly, ...
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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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How to curse someone in Latin?

The best-known type of curse is called a dēfixio, literally "binding", calqued from Greek κατάδεσμος. The word itself is more modern; while Roman dēfixiōnes do tend to use the verb dēfīgō, the noun ...
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looking for a pair of texts in a Greek/Latin comedy

Plautus, Bacchides, lines 816-7: quem di diligunt / adulescens moritur He whom the gods love / dies young Menander, Dis Exapatōn (fourth century BCE), fragment quoted in Stobaeus (KT 111): ὃν ...
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Set of texts of increasing difficulty

A very good option would be A Little Latin Reader by Mary C. English and Georgia Irby-Massie. The Bryn Mawr Classical Review had the following to say about it: In 50 short chapters, English and Irby ...
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Is there a Latin POS-tagged corpus?

Of course! For instance, LatinISE historical corpus.
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What does this bit of papyrus say?

Lobel-Page (p. 37) give .[.......] γὰρ ἐφίλει δυ[, saying, "Sub coloph. 2076 schol. vestigia...quod quorsum spectet obscurum est." I'm not trained in papyrology (I much prefer inscriptions—far easier ...
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Which are the longest words in Latin?

For what it's worth, the three longest word forms in the Vulgate have 19 letters (http://www.intratext.com/IXT/LAT0001/_FLJ.HTM): praecipitaveruntque (2 Pa. 25:12) sanctificaveruntque (2 Pa. 29:33) ...
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How to download an entire text from Perseus?

Before using, please read the copyright information in the readme.md file. https://github.com/PerseusDL/canonical-greekLit Please note also that this is a work in progress: https://github.com/...
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How to download an entire text from Perseus?

The FAQ states: How can I download a complete text file? Our copyright agreements with the publishers of our texts do not permit us to offer full text downloading for all works in Perseus at this ...
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Where is the database of "Corpus Latinorum Et Mediaevalium Naturae Scriptorum", promised 10 years ago

I took the liberty of asking directly to the authors, receiving this reply: PS: the authors' email addresses are publicly available on their websites, so I think it should not be a problem to show it ...
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Identifying papyrus in image from my computer

You can find it here. Tricky, tricky, you have to add the zeroes in front of it to pull it up.
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Two Sappho-related reference requests

Puglia 2007 As announced in his comment, AlexB got ahold of Puglia 2007, sent it to the mods, and our tricipitous mod forwarded it to me. I read it, and I can now answer that part of this question. So,...
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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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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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