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1Actorboy
Jan 4, 2012, 8:39pm Top

If not, I can teach you... Since this is an ancient history group.

2karhne
Jan 5, 2012, 7:30am Top

Please, somebody take him up on this! I already speak Latin, but I'm dying to watch. Come on! The first twenty years are the hardest.

3nathanielcampbell
Jan 5, 2012, 11:30am Top

I'd mark this as spam if karhne's response weren't so funny!

4Crypto-Willobie
Jan 5, 2012, 12:27pm Top

No, no one knows Latin.

5MyopicBookworm
Jan 5, 2012, 2:44pm Top

Is that what they speak in Latin America?

6karhne
Jan 5, 2012, 4:43pm Top

Don't know. Everybody down there's so sexy and muy caliente I've never been able to focus long enough to find out.

7richardbsmith
Jan 5, 2012, 9:03pm Top

I ignored this topic at first, but glad I finally opened it up to see the responses.

8stellarexplorer
Jan 6, 2012, 12:49am Top

I don't speak Latin. Where do we go from here?

9richardbsmith
Jan 6, 2012, 6:52am Top

Just remember stellar, if you can just make it through that initial 20 years you should be good.

10PossMan
Edited: Jan 6, 2012, 7:22am Top

I've been at it on and off for over 50 years and I'm hopeless. Forgetting things seems to be quicker than learning them.

11stellarexplorer
Jan 6, 2012, 11:25am Top

Forgetting what?

(Ba-dum-bamp)

12karhne
Jan 6, 2012, 3:48pm Top

How to conjugate irrumare. Led to some damned awkward moments at the Colosseum Lounge, lemme tell you. On the bright side, I did make twenty sesterces, though. ;>

13Feicht
Feb 12, 2012, 1:54pm Top

HAHA! I have to say one of my favorite university moments overall is when we had to translate Catullus, and watching people squirm in their seats as they try to put some of his...more slanderous poetry into acceptable English.

When it comes to the sexual stuff though, I think it's pretty much impossible because there is really no way you can translate the thoughts which that culture associated with certain things, even when you can translate the words themselves. Obviously the poem I'm referring to is the "Pedicabo ego vos et irrumabo, Aureli pathice et cinaede Furi..." one... #16, I believe?

I remember after everyone stopped blushing, it took like half an hour for the professor to explain exactly HOW this insult really worked for the Romans... because to 21st century Americans, essentially calling a man a "faggot" while describing exactly how you yourself were going to rape them doesn't really make a whole lot of sense.

14ThePam
Feb 16, 2012, 8:47pm Top

LOL. You want me to do what?!? with that fish.

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