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What's the difference between "custos fratris mei" and "meus frater custodis" or do they both translate (to English) the same way?

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The first phrase means "the guardian of my brother"; the second phrase means "my brother of the guardian."  The second phrase seems nonsensical.

I suspect that you are trying to g1et at the text in Genesis 4:9, which is often rendered in English something like:  "Am I my brother's keeper?"  St. Jerome's Latin Vulgate for that passage is:  "Numquid custos fratris mei sum ego?"

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Classical Languages (Greek, Latin). Conversant with Classical Greek and all forms of the Latin language: classical, mediaeval, and modern.

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I have 50 years of teaching at all levels of Latin from high school through university postgraduate. I read, write, and speak Latin daily.

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American Classical League.

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A.B., M.A., D.Phil. (h.c.) in Classical Languages (Greek, Latin).

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