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Translation of the title of a 17th century map of underground waterways

A picture by the 17th century Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher, explaining his theory of underground waterways connecting all bodies of water on Earth, is...

Asked on 11/18/2021 by Alexander Young

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Did Ovid know of Mt. Ararat?

Here is a passage from Ovid's description of the flood in Metamorphoses 1, 293–4:occupat hic collem, cumba sedet alter adunca et ducit remos illic ubi nuper ararat."This man...

Asked on 11/10/2021 by TKR

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Why is *salāta feminine? What was the original noun it is modifying?

OED traces the "salad" family of words (Portuguese salada, Fra. salate, Spa. ensalada, Ita. insalata etc.) to spoken Latin *salāta, from the verb salāre. One notices that salāta as well...

Asked on 11/10/2021 by melissa_boiko

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Distinguishing house from home

The common word domus can mean both "house" and "home".How can I make a distinction between a house and a home in Latin?For example, I...

Asked on 11/10/2021

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"Tu quoque, Brutus, mi fili?" Grammar question

Someone told me these were Caesar's actual last words. Google confirms this. But I can't find an explanation for what looks to me like weird grammar. First of all, shouldn't...

Asked on 08/25/2021 by ribs2spare

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How can we distinguish "Si vis pacem, para bellum" translations?

On Wikipedia it is said that Si vis pacem, para bellum means "If you want peace, prepare for war". But I think that It also seems like "If you want...

Asked on 08/25/2021

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Do neuter plural nouns ever take singular verbs in Latin?

In Greek, it's well-known that neuter plural subjects take singular verb forms. This seems to be an old Indo-European feature, as it shows up in e.g. Anatolian languages as well....

Asked on 08/25/2021

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What case does 'plus' take?

I don't have any information about what case to use with 'plus' (or 'magis'). In dictionaries usually only prepositions take some case, and it is showed in parentheses. In my...

Asked on 08/25/2021 by TrmIntrs2

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Does trisyllabic laxing occur in Latin words like 'decision' before entering English?

There's a phenomenon called Trisyllabic laxing where the vowel in a stressed syllable is shortened if two (or more) syllables follow. If the stressed vowel is in...

Asked on 08/25/2021 by Decapitated Soul

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What evidence is there for the classical pronunciation of zeta?

As I learned it back in introductory Greek, there's significant debate in the classics community about whether Classical Greek Ζ was pronounced /dz/, /zd/, /zz/, or something else. What evidence...

Asked on 08/25/2021

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