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The Ablative Plural Posted by on May 4, 2010

Can you tell the difference between these two sentences? (1) Ad īnsulam nāvigat cum scaphā (2) Ad īnsulam nāvigat cum scaphīs Everything is identical except for “scaphā” and “scaphīs”. As you know, “scaphā” means “boat”, but what does “scaphīs” mean? Scaphīs is the plural ablative, which means that instead of “boat”, it’ll be “boats”. The…

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Worst Ancient Roman Emperors Posted by on May 1, 2010

Who are your picks for worst ancient Roman emperors? Here are mine : 4) Lucius Aurelius Commodus Antoninus. The number four spot goes to Commodus for :  A) killing helpless and crippled people in gladitorial feats, while he was dressed as Hercules. B) being paranoid of being killed and killing senators like Condianus and Maximus and…

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