Thomas Cotton recent novels

Please have a brief read of the Latin of Thomas Cotton:

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=bf-ZAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA90&lpg=PA90&dq=Carmen+ad+festum+nativitatis&source=bl&ots=-EIIwGHN7f&sig=OZkE_Y08a4hUCz--dv_aLjg-ihE&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwimpYGUwvfLAhULXBoKHb5KAw4Q6AEIVzAO#v=onepage&q=Carmen ad festum nativitatis&f=false

(from his translation of "A Christmas Carol")

What do you, the esteemed Latinists of these forums, think of this Latin? I am wondering whether it might be a good pedagogical tool for light and easy reading, or whether it would reinforce poor habits to read something like this. I ask because you never know what you'll get with modern translations into Latin - Avellanus seems absolutely fine to me, whereas the more recent "Harrius Potter" looks pretty dubious in style.

How does Cotton's Latin fit in? It would be useful to know whether I might add it safely to my easy reading list.
 

Pacifica

grammaticissima
Staff member
Not very good.
 

Aurifex

Aedilis
Staff member
I've just had a look at the last page, consisting of only three and a bit lines. Presumably decoctem is meant to read decoctam, and ante...maculatam is ropy at best.
I am wondering whether it...would reinforce poor habits to read something like this.
It probably would, depending on the sort of learner you are.
 

Imber Ranae

Ranunculus Iracundus
OmniReader mentions Avellanus above. Does anyone know if his Treasure Island and Robinson Crusoe are good, or does anyone care to take a quick peek and see?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arcadius_Avellanus
http://www.amazon.com/Insula-Thesauraria-Robertus-Ludovicus-Stevenson/dp/1449562671
I've not read any of it myself, but I've heard that the quality of the Latin is far and away better than anything you could expect to get from a modern (published) translator.
 

Callaina

Feles Curiosissima
I've not read any of it myself, but I've heard that the quality of the Latin is far and away better than anything you could expect to get from a modern (published) translator.
I'll have to try to track some of them down -- sounds promising.
 

robinschweitzer

New Member
I am currently struggling to convert the pdfs of several modern translations including avellanus to ebook format. Has anyone else had success with this?
 
Did you have any luck with that Robin? I have some software that automatically looks words up so running the text through that software would be great.
 
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