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Book Dedication

Postby Timothy » Mon Jul 19, 2004 6:06 pm

I just received my copy of the D'Ooge book and found the book dedication:

Filiolo meo
qui me non solum dicenda
sed etaim tacenda docuit
hoc opusculum est dedicatum


I think it is:

To my little son
who me not only by speech
but also without speaking teaches
this little work is dedicated

- Tim
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Postby whiteoctave » Mon Jul 19, 2004 6:13 pm

to my sonlet, who not only taught me what to say but also what not to, I dedicate this little work.

~D

dicenda and tacenda could be interpreted as 'things spoken and unspoken'.
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Postby Timothy » Mon Jul 19, 2004 8:32 pm

Nicely done.

I wish I could get phrasing like this down.

Thanks,

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Postby Episcopus » Mon Aug 02, 2004 10:24 pm

I believe that this dedication is for me. Not only is He the best ever Latinist to hit us, but he can also see into the future.
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Postby Turpissimus » Tue Aug 03, 2004 1:22 pm

OK, time for me to embarrass myself.

Yes, by speech/speaking would require the use of the ablative case of the gerund, e.g.

dicendo, tacendo.

Dicenda and tacenda, I imagine, mean things needing to be said, to be kept silent about. I think they are gerundives used substantively, if that makes any sense.
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Postby whiteoctave » Tue Aug 03, 2004 1:39 pm

gerundives cannot retain an obligatory sense in the accusative.

~D
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Postby mariek » Tue Aug 03, 2004 1:55 pm

Episcopus wrote:I believe that this dedication is for me. Not only is He the best ever Latinist to hit us, but he can also see into the future.


LOL!
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