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bit confused about meaning...

Postby pmda » Thu Sep 01, 2011 6:13 am

In Orberg LLPSI Cap XXXII: Medus reminds the ship's captain that he has recently said that he (the captain) prefers death to living as a slave: 'Iamne oblitus es quid modo dixeris? Dixisti enim 'te mortem servituti praeferre.'

The captain then says: 'Haud scio an ego ita dixerim, sed profecto libertas mihi vita carior est. [certainly freedom is dearer to me than life'.

Then he says: Nihil libertati praefero. 'I would not rather freedom' ??

Doesn't this just contradict the previous sentence..?
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Re: bit confused about meaning...

Postby Grochojad » Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:32 am

The last sentence actually means "To liberty I prefer nothing".
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Re: bit confused about meaning...

Postby adrianus » Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:30 am

Nihil libertati praefero = "I prefer nothing to/place nothing before liberty" quod non contradicit enuntiationem antecedentem
I'm writing in Latin hoping for correction, and not because I'm confident in how I express myself. Latinè scribo ut ab omnibus corrigar, non quod confidenter me exprimam.
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Re: bit confused about meaning...

Postby pmda » Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:58 am

Adrianus

Gratias tibi ago.

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