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Quo consolante doleres!

Postby anatta » Wed May 18, 2005 11:41 am

Hi all!

I have a question on the grammar of this sentence:

Quo consolante doleres! (Ovid, Met. I, 360)


Quis tibi, si sine me fatis erepta fuisses
nunc animus, miseranda, foret? Quo sola timorem
ferre modo posses? Quo consolante doleres!

It should be translated as: Who would comfort you when you felt sad? ---Is that right?

The main idea lies in Abl. abs. "quo consolante", doens't it? How is this phenomenon grammatically called?

Thanks in advance for every answer!
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Postby Ioannes » Thu May 19, 2005 1:25 pm

yes, it's an ablativus absolutus:
Quo consolante doleres!:
Whom would you grieve being consoled by? -- giving us:
who would then console your bitter grief?

("doleres" is sub. conj. 2 singular, imperfect. )
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