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Qui cum descendere - Roma Aeterna XLII Line 315

Postby wilhelmjohnson » Sun Apr 20, 2014 8:17 pm

Qui cum descendere ad animos non posset sine aliquo divino miraculo, simulat sibi cum dea Egeria nocturnos sermones esse:

I'm not sure what Qui is supposed to be doing in this sentence. Any thoughts?
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Re: Qui cum descendere - Roma Aeterna XLII Line 315

Postby Victor » Sun Apr 20, 2014 8:43 pm

It's an example of the semi-independent relative at work.The antecedent will be apparent from the previous sentence. You can probably translate qui here as if it said "Et is...".
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Re: Qui cum descendere - Roma Aeterna XLII Line 315

Postby whsiv » Sun Apr 20, 2014 8:47 pm

Salve,

Frequently a relative pronoun will be used like this - that is, in a way that connects some piece of the previous sentence to the current sentence ("the connective relative"). In the case of the qui here, it is basically equivalent to et is, And he. Since it is nominative, it is acting as the subject of posset, and it is referring to Numa, the subject of the previous sentence.

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