Actually, the bacteria living in his body held meetings, produced a feasibility study, circulated petitions, voted on a charter, and had mayoral and city council elections. The newly elected officials then wrote up new bylaws and formally filed for incorporation, and had their submission approved last month.
So yes, before you stands the City of Jim Smith.
-- ?? -- "Surely the city is not young?" -- like young in some sense or other, maybe recently founded, or having a population/age distribution of predominantly young people -- per dictionaries, "iuvenis" can be either a noun or an adjective, and in this sentence it seems natural to construe it as an adjective --
Yes, thanks -- and on further thought I can imagine some writer in classical times commenting on contrasts in cultural/artistic atmosphere between some cities, perhaps neighboring each other, with one city having much more of a youthful vibe than another, even if the former was NOT recently founded, such as the case of Catullus and his youngish comrades partying it up in Rome itself while mocking provincial lifestyles. So to them as privileged youth Rome was fun, even though the city was old. They probably had similar feelings about cultural/artistic meccas beyond Italy, like Athens and Alexandria -- I think Cicero labelled Catullus's poetic circle the "neoteroi", and they were regarded as devotees of youthful artistic and lifestyle traits stemming from icons like Sappho and Callimachus in centuries before them, some "forever young" figures who had bloomed out of ancient roots in the eastern Mediterranean -- which reminds me of a line from the great Mexican rock band Maná: "¿cómo pudiera la flor crecer sin tierra?" --
I recall reading somewhere that Cicero, who was well known for drinking whiskey in the morning, once got so drunk in New York that he went down to JFK and tried to book a flight to Dallas but so incoherent that the ticket agent though he had said Catullus. Of course the agent told him "Num iuvenis urbs est?"
Salve Ivan -- 02 Sep 2020 -- reviewing my musings posted above from 11 months ago, and noting that Arabic is among the Duo courses you're hitting -- I'm fascinated anew by eastern Mediterranean song and lyric culture -- when it was reported that the 04 Aug 2020 blast in Beirut was felt and heard all the way over in Cyprus, it put me in mind of many kinds of weird associations -- Sappho of Lesbos 2500 yrs back singing about Aphrodite as patron goddess of Cyprus; Aphrodite/Venus's connection with Adonis the Syrian-Lebanese iuvenis, as related by the Roman Ovid 2000 yrs back in his Latin classic "Metamorphoses", which was translated to Arabic (from French translations I think) by the contemporary Syrian-Lebanese poet Adonis (his pen name) who has lived large stretches of his life in Beirut; -- and then when the theaters in England were closed in 1592-93 due to an epidemic, Shakespeare used the theater-business break to re-tell in English some of Ovid in his long narrative poem "Venus and Adonis" -- and then flashing forward to this week, the president of France just visited the legendary Lebanese diva Fairuz at her house in Beirut and bestowed the Legion of Honor on her -- I'd been binge listening to some of her songs most of the summer, and then after the ammonium nitrate exploded in Beirut's port, my social media feeds kind of exploded with UTube links to performances of Fairuz's classic 1984 song of lament and hope "Li Beirut" -- etc. etc.
I'm rather disappointed with this Latin course. One reason are the ridiculous sentences such as this one. We're all trying to learn the language, sentences such as this one are not helpful. Simple and straight forward is a much better approach. Second, this is supposed to be Classical Latin, I doubt Caesar ever heard of New York or Boston. Please redo the lessons using places such as Athens, Paris, London...so many wonderful cities in the world the Romans knew...and you go with NY. And while you're at it, how about substituting Gaul or Greece for California. The course is a mess, fix it.