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It’s just really frustrating when you’ve been translating Sencas work for the past couple of days without really making any progress.. it’s still as hard to translate as it was when I started 😔

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Ok so I got badly sick and barely getting better, so I kinda took a break but I’m back lol. Starting again by some linguistics !

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Gather around boys and girls and I’ll  tell you a story…..

So we have this amazing Latin teacher. He’s such an awesome man, funny, open-minded – hell, he’s even a member of our Latin Class WhatsApp group and jokes around with us. When we give him our homework to check, he sometimes leaves funny notes and smiling faces, even though we are university students.

This one time we found out that he’s watching Game of Thrones. So one day, when I was doing my homework, instead of writing my name in my native language, I wrote in Latin “a girl has no name” – the famous quote of Arya Stark – “puella habet nullum nominem”.

Two lessons later I came to class, no one arrived yet, and he comes in and asks me in an amusing tone “What did you write me on your homework sheet? That you have no man?”
And I’m like “WHAT!?” he said “You wrote: “puella habet nullum hominem” – a girl has no man”. For a moment I was relieved: “No”, I laughed, “It’s nominem, with an ‘n’, not ‘h’.” To which he replied “But ‘nomen’ (name) is Neutrum in its gender, so its accusative is the same as the nominative, meaning that it needs to be “puella habet nullum nomen”. ‘homo’ (man) is of masculine gender, therefore its accusative case is ‘hominem’.”

Of course I told him that I meant the GoT quote, and he understood and laughed. I laughed too, but inside I wished that the earth would open and swallow me whole! I felt so embarrassed, and not because of the grammar mistake, but because I imagined him sitting at home, checking homework, when suddenly he sees this suggestive note: “a girl has no man….” I mean what the hell was he supposed to think??? That I’m hitting on him? A 40+ year-old man, married with children?

This was a lesson I would never forget. When they say that we learn and remember best from experience, it’s true: I will never confuse between the two cases and genders again XDDD

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adventures though Roman ruins disgraced by Time

yesterday i went to Rudiae, the archaeological site of the ancient birthplace of Ennius, the father of Roman poetry (see last slide). we couldn’t go inside because of obnoxious laws, so we had to trespass different walls. we found a stupendous and vast amphitheater where i recited some poetry ( Yeats, Keats and Saffo’s poems) to the warm soil and the stones disgraced by the wind of Time. it’s such a glorious sensation: to lend an hear to Eternity.

“From the archaeological standpoint, however, Rudiae seems to have played the role of stylistic and distribution centre for funerary pottery over a considerable period. It is recognised as the most important site for both quantity and quality of such vases used in the Messapian region.”

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So this is really random, but is there anyone that can translate from English into ancient Latin with a fair degree of accuracy?

Specifically, I’m looking to translate this:

“There was this emperor, and he asks this shepherd’s boy, ‘How many seconds in eternity?’ And the shepherd’s boy says, ‘There’s this mountain of pure diamond. It takes an hour to climb it, and an hour to go around it! Every hundred years, a little bird comes and sharpens its beak on the diamond mountain. And when the entire mountain is chiseled away, the first second of eternity will have passed!’ You must think that’s a hell of a long time… Personally, I think that’s a hell of a bird.“

…and have little to no faith in an online translator to get the nuances right for someone who actually knows their Latin.

Anyone care to take a crack at it?

(Or does anyone do translation commissions?)

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Hello! My name’s Deborah Rose. I’m sixteen but can be mentally older or younger, depending on what kind of mood I’m in. A few things about me:

-I know Ancient Latin and I’m trying to learn (modern!) French.

-I love Disney and my favorite songs are: A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes, Once Upon A Dream and When You Wish Upon A Star.

-I love writing and drawing. I have written a fantasy novel and it’s with my final proof readers.

-I’m a Christian (but I do my best not to judge anyone).

-I’ve been homeschooled for four years but am going back to school in September!

- I’m a very anxious person in social situations and when I’m forced to stepping out of my comfort zone.

- I joined Tumblr because 1) my Instagram isn’t working, 2) I need to promote my youtube channel and 3) because I need to make some friends! 

Message me if you think we’d get along! :)

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“Odi et amo. Quare id faciam fortasse requīris. Nescio, sed fiĕri sentio et excurcior”
- Catullus

“I hate and love. Why do I do this, perhaps you ask. I don’t know, but I feel it happening and I’m tormented”


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