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Postby Einhard » Wed Jun 02, 2010 3:06 pm

Salvete omnes rerum,

It's been a while! I'm just after finishing Cap XXXVIII of Roma Aeterna and there are a few little things that didn't quite make sense to me. As usual, I'd be grateful for any assistance:

Tu longum fugae laborem ne recusaveris! and Ne dubitaveris!

I assume these are jussive subjunctives but why are they in the perfect? In both instances, the context is a conversation in the present tense.

Nate dea I take it that this is idiomatic, along the lines of "born of a God" or some such. How is it translated exactly?

That's it really. I thought there was more! Anyway, any suggestions apprciated. And hopefully I won't be away so long this time!

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Re: Lingua Latina

Postby Imber Ranae » Wed Jun 02, 2010 5:09 pm

The use of the perfect subjunctive with ne is idiomatic. It's basically just a negative imperative (prohibitive) equivalent to noli + infinitive, but colloquial and a bit more stern because of it's directness. I'm surprised they'd include it without first explaining its use.

Nate dea is vocative: "O man born of a goddess" or just "O son of a goddess". The ablative alone with nascor is pretty common.
Ex mala malo
bono malo uesci
quam ex bona malo
malo malo malo.
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