Latin GCSE: The Druids and their Education

This is my translation of section 2, "The Druids and their Education" with the corresponding latin words in red underneath. With some notes about the poem and useful words to remember.

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The druids are accustomed to be exempt from war. Neither do they pay taxes together
Druids solent abesse a bello Neque pendunt tribute una
with the rest. They have exemption from military service and freedom from all duties.
cum reliquis. Habent vacationem militae ­que immuniatatem omnium rerum
Encouraged by such great rewards and (coming) of their own accord. Many come for
Excitati tante praemiis et sua sponte, Multi conventuint
training and her sent by their parents and relations. There they are said to learn by
disciplinam et mittunter a parentibus ­que propinquis. Ibi dicunter ediscere
heart a great number of verses and so several remain in training for twenty years.
Magnum numerum versuum Itaque nonnuli permanent in disciplina viginiti annos
Nor do they think it to be right, to entrust these verses to writing, although generally
Neque existimantesse fas mandere hos. Versus litteris, cum fere
for other things they use Greek letters. They seem to me to have established this for
in reliquis rebus untantur Graecis litteris. Videntur mihi institiusse id de
two reasons neither do they want their training to be made known to the general
duabus causis quod neque velint discaplinam efferi vulgam
Public, nor do those who are learning to pay less attention to memory by relying on
Neque eos qui discunt minus studere memoriae confisos
They want especially to persuade people of this that souls do not perish but transfer
Volunt in primis persuadere hoc, animas non perire sed transire
after death from one to another and by means of this belief they think that people are
post mortem ab allis ad alios atque hoc putant homines
especially encouraged to bravery by ignoring the fear of death. Moreover they discuss
maxime exciatri virtutem neglecto metu mortis. Praetera disputant
and hand down to young people many teachings about the stars and their motion
et tradunt iunventuti multa de sideribus atque eorem motu
about the size of the universe and the world, about the nature of things and about the
de magnitudine mundi ac terram, nature rerum de
might and power of the immortal Gods.
Potestate ac vi immortalium deorem.
Taxes were paid by all tribesmen who worked their own land. These taxes were used
to fund all public works and institutions. It is thought that the druids learned the
Greek alphabet through the Greek Colony at Marseilles.
Reincarnation (metempsychosis) is another boring from or lending to the Greek world.
Where Pythagoras had similar believes. "sed ab iliis post mortem transire ad alios" is an
interesting word order, it almost acts out what the words are saying, the soul moves over
one person (illis) (transire) after death (post mortem) is in a position of emphasis, to another

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Aristotle states that the early philosophers borrowed much of their philosophy from
the Celts.
The druids don't have to go to war or pay taxes like the rest, this said twice in a slightly
different ways for emphasis.
Immuniatatem (free from) and Vacationem (exemption) are virtual synonyms.
People go to Britain to learn about the druids for three reasons
1) "Tantis praemiis excitati" encouraged by so many rewards.
2) "Sponte sua" of their own accord
3) "Parentibus" and "Propinquisque" virtual synonyms.…read more


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