Spring 2012 Latin I

Latin is a dead language Dead as can be First it killed the Romans Now it's killing me!
Germani multum ab hac consuetudine differunt
The Germans differ much from this custom
Nam neque druides habent, qui rebus divinis praesunt, neque sacrificiis student
For they do not have Druids who are in charge of divine matters nor do they engage in sacrifices.
deorum numero eos solos ducunt, quos cernunt et quorum aperte opibus iuvantur, Solem et Vulcanum et Lunam, reliquos ne fama quidem acceperunt
They consider in the number of the Gods only those whom they see and by whose resources they are openly assisted the Sun and Volcan and the moon, the rest they have not even heard of by rumor.
Vita omnis in venationibus atque in studiis rei militaris consistit: ab parvulis labori ac duritiae student
(Their) whole life consists in hunting and in pursuit of military business: from childhood they practice hardship and discipline.
qui diutissime impuberes permanserunt, maximam inter suos ferunt laudem: hoc ali staturam, ali vires nervosque confimari putant
Those who have remained chaste for the longest time bear the greatest praise among their own (people): the think (that) height is developed, that strength is developed and that muscles are built up in this way
agriculturae non student, maiorque pars eorum victus in lacte, caseo, carne consistit
They do not practice agriculture and the greater part of their food consists in milk, cheese (and) meat
neque quisquam agri modum certum aut fines habet proprios
Nor does anyone have a fixed limit of land or their own (private property).
civitatibus maxima laus est quam latissime circum se vastatis finibus solitudines habere
It is the greatest praise for cities to have wastelands as widely as possible, with the borders having be devastated around them
hoc proprium virtutis existimant, expulsos agris finitimos cedere, neque quemquam prope audere consistere; simul hoc se futuros ess tutiores arbitrantur repentinae incursionis timore sublato
They think that this is a characteristic of virtue, that neighbors having been driven out of the fields withdraw, that not anyone dares to settle nearby; at the same time they think that they will be safer in this way without the fear of a sudden attack having been removed.