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    History, esp. WW2, Ancient Rome and Greece, Crusades, 1857 Indian Mutiny, Indochina Wars.<br />English Literature, esp. Tennyson and Shakespeare.

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  1. Gladius Hispaniensis

    Need help with my Latin lessons

    Google helps in translating Latin to English but what about vice versa? There are many exercises where translation from English to Latin is required.
  2. Gladius Hispaniensis

    Need help with my Latin lessons

    Wow. Thanks Maty. You have no idea how much that will help.
  3. Gladius Hispaniensis

    Need help with my Latin lessons

    It's just one of the sentences in Wheelock's exercise section.
  4. Gladius Hispaniensis

    Need help with my Latin lessons

    What's throwing me off is the 'poena'. I understand it to mean 'penalty' or 'punishment'. I give up. You tell me Ludovicus.
  5. Gladius Hispaniensis

    Need help with my Latin lessons

    Here's one that's really pissing me off: Non poterant, igitur, te de poena amicorum tuorum heri monere. Any suggestions?
  6. Gladius Hispaniensis

    Need help with my Latin lessons

    Thanks a lot. I wish we could make this a sticky.
  7. Gladius Hispaniensis

    Need help with my Latin lessons

    Ave I just purchased and am working on Wheelock's 6th edition. Translating English to Latin is a lot harder than vice versa. For some reason the answers to exercise questions are not given. I am trying to translate the following sentence: You ought not to praise me I am translating this as Non debit me laudar. Is this correct?
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    A question about the census of Quirinius

    Ave There is a well known conflict between the dating of the census conducted by the procurator Quriinius in the writings of Josephus and the author of the Gospel of Luke. While Josephus dates the census as 6 C.E the latter would have it in the reign of Herod the Great, which would mean no later than 4 B.C.E. Luke's narrative has come under some criticism in the past but lately I came across one apologetic version: that the relevant passage is just a mistranslation. The original Greek rendition: αὕτη ἀπογραφὴ πρώτη ἐγένετο ἡγεμονεύοντος τῆς Συρίας Κυρηνίου which can be translated thus: "Done first survey when he was ruler of Syria Cyrene". The apologist in question has the viewpoint that what is being referred to here is the city of Cyrene not Quirinius the procurator and the "he" refers to Augustus himself. In other words it refers to the previous census taken by Saturninus in 8 B.C.E during the reign of Augustus when the latter was ruler of Syria Cyrene. This obviously begs the question of why Cyrene the city would be mentioned along with Syria in the first place, but I would love to get some input on this apologia from fellow forum members. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.
  9. Gladius Hispaniensis

    Top ten Roman Atrocities?

    Wow, I'll take that with a dose of sodium chloride but I'll still look into it with an open mind.
  10. Gladius Hispaniensis

    Top ten Roman Atrocities?

    Best I can tell from Plutarch, Cato the Elder was concerned that the geographic position of Carthage gave it an enduring competitive advantage in maritime trade and made it a permanent military threat to Sicily and the western Mediterranean. Moreover, Carthage was in constant conflict with Numidia, a good Roman ally. I don't think either of these factors required razing the city (nor did most Roman senators either), but it does explain Cato the Elder's beef with Carthage, against whom he had personally fought. Thanks for the info. Any details on Cato's military career against the Carthaginians? What battles etc?
  11. Gladius Hispaniensis

    Top ten Roman Atrocities?

    I agree it is hard to justify the destruction of a beaten, cowed enemy. What was Cato's beef with Carthage anyway? That's one thing I never understood. Was it paranoia as in paranoia of a post-war unified Germany I wonder.
  12. Gladius Hispaniensis

    Top ten Roman Atrocities?

    I completely agree. Of all the Roman atrocities, the one that makes me particularly sick is the idea of leading a defeated king out in a triumph and then having him ritually strangled. A brave warrior like Vercingetorix deserved more chivalry. Maybe if you were in Caesar's shoes you'd think differently. War has no sympathy or compassion my friend. Pompey was in Caesar's shoes more than once. This is one level he never descended to, quite uniquely among his compatriots I might add. The war fought in the North African desert in WW2 between the Allies and the Axis is witness that in war there is room for sympathy, compassion and chivalry - Krieg ohne hass. Otherwise this whole thread would be pointless.
  13. Gladius Hispaniensis

    Changes in the Scutum

    You're right. I wonder about the weight differences between the oval shield and the rectangular versions. Perhaps it was easier to manouver with the oval shields in comparison with other types? I remember reading that the scutum weighed around 20 to 25 pounds but I can't remember where. It may have been Goldsworthy. But I'm not sure which design was being referred to. I imagine there wasn't much difference in weight. Does anyone remember when the earliest dated rectangular scutum was found?
  14. Gladius Hispaniensis

    Email from admin

    Got that one too. I thought I logged on last week anyway it's all good.
  15. Gladius Hispaniensis

    What's the last book you read?

    Currently reading some early Socratic dialogues by Plato.