Category: How to approach a text

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Getting to the kernel

When I was at high school, I used to take part in many (many!) certamina each year. A certamen is a competition in which participants are required to translate a Latin text into their language; a jury will then evaluate the translation, and reward the most accurate and elegant among them. Dozens of certamina are organized every year in Italy, mostly addressed to high school students. While in one of such competitions, I would always have a look at other competitors, observing how they would behave during the first minutes after we had received the text to translate. Just from

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