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Latin for Beginners eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 299 pages of information about Latin for Beginners.

First learn the special vocabulary, p. 292.

I. The First Bridge over the Rhine. Salus sociorum erat semper cara Romanis.  Olim Galli, amici Romanorum, multas iniurias ab Germanis qui trans flumen Rhenum vivebant acceperant.  Ubi legati ab iis ad Caesarem imperatorem Romanum venerunt et auxilium postulaverunt, Romani magnis itineribus ad hostium finis properaverunt.  Mox ad ripas magni fluminis venerunt.  Imperator studebat copias suas trans fluvium ducere, sed nulla via[2] poterat.  Nullas navis habebat.  Alta erat aqua.  Imperator autem, vir clarus, numquam adversa fortuna commotus, novum consilium cepit.  Iussit suos[3] in[4] lato flumine facere pontem.  Numquam antea pons in Rheno visus erat.  Hostes ubi pontem quem Romani fecerant viderunt, summo terrore commoti, sine mora fugam parare inceperunt.

II. 1.  The enemy had taken (possession of) the top of the mountain. 2.  There were many trees on the opposite hills. 3.  We pitched our camp near (ad) a beautiful spring. 4.  A march through the enemies’ country is never without danger. 5.  The time of the month was suitable for the march. 6.  The teeth of the monster were long. 7.  When the foot soldiers[5] saw the blood of the captives, they began to assail the fortifications with the greatest violence.[2]

    [Footnote 2:  Abl. of manner.]

    [Footnote 3:  suos\, used as a noun, _his men_.]

    [Footnote 4:  We say build a bridge over; the Romans, make a
    bridge on
.]

    [Footnote 5:  Place first.]

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  Fifth Review, Lessons XXXVII-XLIV, Secs. 517-520

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LESSON XLV

ADJECTIVES OF THE THIRD DECLENSION :  I-STEMS

  [Special Vocabulary]

a:cer, a:cris, a:cre\, _sharp, keen, eager_ (acrid) brevis, breve\, short, brief difficilis, difficile\, _difficult_ facilis, facile\, facile, easy fortis, forte\, _brave_ (fortitude) gravis, grave\, heavy, severe, serious (grave) omnis, omne\, _every, all_ (omnibus) pa:r\, gen. paris\, _equal_ (par) pauci:, -ae, -a\, few, only a few (paucity) secundus, -a, -um\, _second; favorable_, opposite of adversus signum, -i:\, n., signal, sign, standard ve:lo:x\, gen. ve:lo:cis\, swift (velocity)

  conloco:, conloca:re, conloca:vi:, conloca:tus\, _arrange, station,
    place_ (collocation)
  
de:mo:nstro:, de:mo:nstra:re, de:mo:nstra:vi:, de:mo:nstra:tus\,
    point out, explain (demonstrate)
  mando:, manda:re, manda:vi:, manda:tus\, _commit, intrust_ (mandate)

250. Adjectives are either of the first and second declensions (like bonus\, aeger\, or liber\), or they are of the third declension.

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