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euntem facere

Postby pmda » Wed Mar 16, 2011 9:50 am

In LLPSI Orberg writes: Agricola arans post aratrum ambulat. Aratrum est instrumentum quo agri arantur. Arator duos validos boves qui aratrum trahunt prae se agit.

He explains 'agit' as follows:

agere = euntem facere

I know that euntem is a participle of ago, agere.. but how does the grammar of this phrase work? 'To make it (them) walking / going ???
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Re: euntem facere

Postby lauragibbs » Wed Mar 16, 2011 2:43 pm

Euntem is a participle of eo, ire.
Facere can be used with a double accusative: "With a double object, to make a thing into something, to render it something" - boves agit = boves euntes facit, "he makes the oxen be going," "he makes them go"
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Re: euntem facere

Postby pmda » Wed Mar 16, 2011 3:54 pm

Many thanks...I suppose 'driving the oxen' would be what he means. Paul
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