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Ph.D. Cand. in Classical Languages. Conversant with all forms of the language: classical, mediaeval, and modern.

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I have 50 years of teaching at all levels of Latin from high school through university postgraduate. I read, write, and speak Latin daily.


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2016-08-05 Amabo Te:

"Amo" is used in colloquial Latin without the literal force of "love," in a weakened sense approximating "thank."  "Amabo te" is a stock phrase documented already in the comedies of Terence, who wrote

2016-07-06 Latin Nomenclature - Trinomial:

1) "Dumetorum" is the genitive plural of "dumetum" and means:  of the thickets or brambles.  Genitives of description are often used in species names for the discoverer, e.g., Psittacus alexandri (Alexander's

2016-06-26 Legal Latin:

The "line" to which you are referring must be a macron, a vertical line that is used over vowels long by quantity, commonly called "long marks."  These are used only as a tool for learning Latin and are

2016-05-15 Lower-case Latin Script:

The terms that you are looking for are majuscule (majusculum) and minuscule (minusculum).    The statement that minuscule script was "invented" in the Middle Ages is an oversimplification.  A better way

2016-02-24 Ablative Absolute:

The form of the phrase is that of an Ablative Absolute.  Check the index of your Latin book if you haven't gotten to it yet, or see Allen & Greenough's New Latin Grammar, Section 419   (www.perseus.tufts


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