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LFA Latin II Reading Lesson 24 A Visit to the Academy
Saepe Publio et Furiano gratum1 erat per urbem Athenas ambulare et viros maximae2
auctoritatis causas orantes audire. Saepe autem gratius3 videbatur urbem relinquere seque ad
locum pulchrum et quietum, Academiam4, legendi gratiā5 recipere.
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Quodam die eo tarde procedebant, libros carminum ferentes.
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“Quot Romani digni per hanc ipsam viam ambulaverunt! – Romani qui postea clarissimi facti
sunt,” dixit Publius. “Nos quoque in studiis diligentes simus6 ut clari fiamus- tu ut dux insignis
fias7, ego orator.”
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This is an adjective that requires a dative to complete its meaning- this is called dative with adjectives.
Maximae auctoritatis- genitive
comparative (add er or more) of the adjective gratus
the famous school of Plato, well known to Rome
One of our new constructions that uses a future passive participle.
note the mood of this verb
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LFA Latin II Reading Lesson 24 A Visit to the Academy
Nunc inter arbores8 Academiae stabant. Hae erant novae sed iam altae.
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“Quā magnitudine arbores fiunt!” Publius dixit. “Audivi quosdam Athenienses dicere has
paucis annis tam altas quam9 illas antiquas futuras esse. Nam Sulla10, qui illas cecidit ut e materiā
instrumenta belli fierent, res pulchras contempsit. Statuas quidem e Graeciā tulit11; hoc autem
fecit ut magnam praedam in urbem Romam referret.”
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Nunc sub arbore altā libros quos secum tulerant12 legunt. Tum Furianus dixit, “Mihi13
gratissimum est ad hunc locum venire carminum Horati14 legendorum causā, quod hic Horatius15
ipse carmina legebat et scribebat. Horatius, qui vir corpore parvo et rotundo erat, bello erat
inimicus- Sullae dissimillimus.
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Fias- you will be made
The trees around the Academy were famous and admired; however, the dictator Sulla, in the 80’s BC, had them
torn down to turn into catapults. The trees were replanted and were now tall in the time of our heroes.
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Comparative word meaning as.
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Sulla is a dictator who ruled Rome from 82 BC to 79 BC; this is his name in the nominative form. He campaigned
in the east against King Mithradates and brought back booty to Rome.
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The third principal part of the famous fero. When a general conquered a new area, he often stripped famous art
pieces and shipped them back to Rome to decorate the forum, temples, or his own house.
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The third principal part of the famous verb fero.
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Why is this dative? It has something to do with gratissimus.
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Horace is a poet, well known to the Romans. Here is a sample of his work: If my character is flawed by a few
minor faults, but is otherwise decent and moral, if you can point out only a few scattered blemishes on an otherwise
immaculate surface, if no one can accuse me of greed, or of prurience, or of profligacy, if I live a virtuous life, free
of defilement (pardon, for a moment, my self-praise), and if I am to my friends a good friend, my father deserves all
the credit... As it is now, he deserves from me unstinting gratitude and praise. I could never be ashamed of such a
father, nor do I feel any need, as many people do, to apologize for being a freedman's son. Satires 1.6.65–92
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LFA Latin II Reading Lesson 24 A Visit to the Academy
Nuntio belli allato, non perturbatus est. Brutus16 solus eum permovere potuit17 (saepe miror quo
modo) ut tribunus militaris18 fieret et ad bellum proficisceretur. Bruto et Cassio ad urbem
Philippos19 victis, Horatio scutum relinquendum fuit (memoriane tenes?) ipsaque fugit. Postea ab
Augustuo, contra quem arma tulerat, amicus delectus est, et notissimus poeta factus est.”
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“Hic saepe de philosophis admoneor,” dixit Publius; “de Platone20, qui primus hic21 docuit; de
Aristotele22, qui regem Alexandrum instituit; de Carneade23, qui nunc pro iustitiā, nunc contra
eam, verba insignia facere potuit.”
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Horace was a famous Roman poet.
Brutus, together with Cassius and others, had killed Caesar and fled from Rome, pursued by Antony, Caesar’s
friend, and Octavian, Caesar’s nephew, later called Augustus.
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A form of possum
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Militaris tribunus is the office of military tribune, who serves as a liason and leader of a small part of the legion.
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Philippi is plural; it is the battle site where Brutus and Cassius were defeated by the forces of Marc Anthony and
Octavian.
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the famous philosophers Plato and Aristotle, the latter who was heavily involved in the teaching of Alexander the
Great
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this is an adverb
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Aristotle was a famous philosopher who was well known in the Greek world. He was chosen by Philip of
Macedonia to help educate Alexander, and may in part be one reason why Alexander was so intent in Hellenizing the
territory that he conquered.
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a person who was the ultimate devil’s advocate to any arguement
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LFA Latin II Reading Lesson 24 A Visit to the Academy
Subito accesserunt duo Graeci. Ab his certiores facti24 rhetorem clarum causam in Agorā
oraturum esse et tempus adesse, Publius et Furianus libros celeriter volverunt et non iam morati
ex Academiā exierunt.
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idiomatic form here- look up facio or certus
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