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Lucretius, DRN, book 4, line 66, "hiscendist"

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Lucretius, DRN, book 4, line 66, "hiscendist"

Postby hlawson38 » Wed Jul 18, 2012 1:48 am

Lucretius is making a philosophical argument about how the images of visible objects are seen by our eyes.

nam cur illa cadant magis ab rebusque recedunt
quam quae tenvia sunt, hiscendist nulla potestas,

for why those should fall more from things and move away
than the ones that are thin, nobody can say.

I am reading "hiscendist nulla potestas" as:

"hiscendi est nulla potestas"
of answering there is no power

This parses "hiscendi" as a gerund, genitive singular.

And "hiscendist" is a contraction of "hiscendi est".

But this is guesswork.
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Re: Lucretius, DRN, book 4, line 66, "hiscendist"

Postby adrianus » Wed Jul 18, 2012 12:57 pm

Yes, that's it.

Hiscendi est nulla potestas.
There is no way/chance of saying.
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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