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Anyone out there know any Greek, Italian, or Latin? I have some short phrases I need translated and would appreciate any help and pointers to translation resources (other than the obvious machine translations online). The name of a friendly university Classics professor would be ideal.

UPDATE: Looks like I have at least two possible connections, and may even get some historical text woven into one section for verisimilitude. Thanks to everyone who responded.


Aug. 11th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC)
The good thing about the Italian is that everything you'd need can be done by email and the web -- and the UW isn't the only place that's probably got someone online about Venetian. And most of the faculty, unless they're off doing research, are probably available by email -- even if they're not teaching, they're still probably working.

Good idea with the Greek -- hell, you can pull in Homeric greek if you want, or even mix things a bit with a spell/invocation. Unless it's Christian in nature, that is. Koine is biblical Greek -- 1st/2nd century CE. Attic is what most people think of when you say classical Greek. It's the most common dialect you see in classical writings, because it's the language of the Attic peninsula and thus Athens, but there are others.

For knightly orders, I'd stick to Church latin -- medieval latin is a nasty little bastardization that ends up being used primarily in secular areas. And at least the church keeps it up, in some semblance of order and uniformity. I'm not kidding about the nasty part, either, with regard to medieval latin -- I worked through a couple of hundred 7th & 8th century Italian legal documents in Latin for my Master's -- ended up having to go to a Roman History prof for help with some of the latin, and even he had trouble -- said it was the worst latin he'd ever had to read. But for a knightly order, I'd think Church latin would fit best anyway...

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