Balbus was unable to jump over the very high wall

By Brother, in 'English to Latin Translation', Mar 12, 2019.

  1. Brother New Member

    Hello all,

    I did Latin O-Level in 1979 and I got an A. I can remember a certain amount of it, I can often figure out inscriptions, and I can tell online machine translations are hopeless, but that's about it.

    I am putting together notes towards a set of ancient wargaming rules and it has occurred to me that it might be fun to have a Latin epigram at the start of each section. These wouldn't be authentic classical sayings Rome: Total War style. They'd be school Latin translation exercises inserted mainly to amuse me.

    The obvious source would be a school text book that has English sentences to translate with the Latin answers given. However, it is not obvious which texts do include the answers and for obvious reasons lots don't. So the alternative is to find someone who can help.

    The kind of thing I am looking for is:
    - Balbus was unable to jump over the very high wall.
    - Spears having been thrown, the Romans made such an impetuous charge that the barbarians were put to flight.
    - Marcus sold his slaves for a very high price.
    - Someone had to be chosen to make a speech to the plebs.

    The last one by the way was an actual sentence you were given to translate in a text book called "Latin Sentence and Idiom". I have always found it inexplicably hilarious.

    Can anyone help?
  2. Callaina Feles Curiosissima

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    Are you looking for those specific phrases, or will anything of the sort do?

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