How to ask someone not to do something in Latin

Even before the Aeneid’s “publication,” news had gotten out that Vergil was working on something truly grand. Propertius had heard a few verses, which so moved the Umbrian poet that he broke the secret in one of his elegies.  Now Augustus wanted to hear the epic: not just scraps, but a proper book, or three. The Mantuan bard obliged – did he have a choice? The VIP audience assembled for a private recitation, and 

Runarum origo. Pars II de litteris Vikingorum

Cur res prorsus barbaricas in sede Latina tractem, fortasse requiritis; nec iniuria. Quaenam causa sit, brevi aperietur, namque in animo est docere qua via runae originem ex litteris Latinis duxerint. Quo ut perveniam, ex diversis scriptoribus Latinis, velut Tacito et Venantio Fortunato, eruta non ingrata proferam in lucem.

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How to Ask Politely in Latin

Latinists have recently been studying these things with interesting results. We now know more about linguistic accommodation in Latin, or how the status or identity of the addressee and speaker affected what a Roman said, we understand better Cicero’s letter writing practice, specifically, what kinds of scripts were available to him in making certain kinds of weighty requests, and how…