Latin GCSE Prose Text: The Power of the Druids

This is my translation, with the corresponding latin words underneath, of the first section of the druids prose text, "The Druids and their Power" Together with some notes and important words to know.

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Prose Latin text The Power of the Druids
Julius Caesar encountered the druids when on his conquest of Gaul (France.) They
were priests recruited mainly from the nobility and they were the only ones powerful
enough to organise opposition to the Roman rule throughout Celtic tribes.
The Druids are concerned with divine things they look after private and public
Druides intersund divinis rebus procurant privata ac publica
sacrifices, they explain religious (questions), a large number of young men flock to
sacrifcica interpretantur religions magnus numberas adulescentium concurrit ad
them for the sake of learning and they are held in great honour, among them. For they
hos cause discendi que hi sunt magno honore, apud eos. Nam
Decide about nearly all public and private disputes, and if any crime
Constituunt de fere omnibus publicis que privatis controversies et si quod facinus
is committed, if any murder is done, if there is any dispute about inheritance or about
est admissum, si caedes facta, si est controversia de hereditate de
Boundaries, the druids decide the matter they settle the rewards and punishments. If
Finbus druids decerunt rem contituunt praemia que poenas si
anyone either in public or private does not stand by this decision, they ban them from
quis aut privates aut publicis non stetit eorum decreto interdicunt
This punishment is the most serious among them. Those to whom the ban is made in
Haec poena est gravissima apud es. Ei quibus interdictum est
this way are reckoned among the number of the unholy and the wicked everyone
ita habentur numero impiorum scelestorum omnes
avoids them, and flees from their approach and from speech with them incase they
decedunt eis, fugiunt aditum que sermonum ne
receive any harm from contact with them Nor is any justice rendered to them
accipiant quid incommode ex contagione Neque ius redditur eis
when they are seeking it nor is any honour given to them.
Pententibus neque ullus honos datur
However one person, who is in charge of all these druids, has the highest authority
Autem unus praeest qui omnibus his druids habet summam auctoritatem
among them. When this man is dead either he who stands out from the rest in
eos. Hoc mortuo aut qui excellit ex reliquis
dignity succeeds him or if there are many equals they compete for leadership by the
dignitate succedit aut si sunt multi pares contendunt de principatu
vote of the druids and sometimes even by fighting. Their training was invented in
suffragio druidam nonnumquam etiam armis. Eorem disciplina reperta
Britain and is thought to have been transferred from there into Gaul and now those
Britannia atque existimatur translata inde in Galliam ei
who want to find out about the matter in more detail, generally proceed to
volunt cognoscere eam rem diligintuis plerumque proficiscunter in
britain for the sake of learning it.
britanniam Causa discendi.

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This is found it Julius Caesar's account, writing about the customs of the Gaul and
Germany. He begins his description with an analysis of the Gallic tribal groupings and
proceeds to an account of the druids and the nights which are the dominant social
classes of Gaul. The druids are the main religious, law and cultural force while the
nights are the military, political and administrative force.
Within this section the phrase "public and private" is said three times.…read more

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The alliteration of "causa concurrit" rush for the sake of, emphasizes their eagerness.
Repeating "magnoque" and "magnus", meaning large, helps to emphasise their
"honare" they are in honour because they have a influence over a large amount of
Constituuent meaning decide, they decide on disputes.…read more


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