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locus antiquus difficilis

Postby elduce » Tue May 17, 2005 3:35 pm

I am reading the first passage, "Disillusionment", and I have come upon a word that I can not figure out:

Miser Catulle, desinas ineptire,
et quod vides perisse perditum ducas.

The word 'perisse' is proving a challenge. It looks like a perfect active infinitive, but for what verb I don't know.

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Re: locus antiquus difficilis

Postby benissimus » Tue May 17, 2005 3:48 pm

elduce wrote:I am reading the first passage, "Disillusionment", and I have come upon a word that I can not figure out:

Miser Catulle, desinas ineptire,
et quod vides perisse perditum ducas.

The word 'perisse' is proving a challenge. It looks like a perfect active infinitive, but for what verb I don't know.

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this is a contracted form for peri(v)isse, from pereo, perire, peri(v)i, peritum. you are correct in analyzing its form.
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