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velut si orbi facti essent

Postby pmda » Fri Jun 27, 2014 12:02 pm

This is Orberg's LLPSI Cap XLII - describing Romulus' disappearance before the assembly

Romani iuvenes, postquam ex tam turbido die serena et tranquilla lux rediit, ubi vacuam sedem regiam viderunt, velut si orbi facti essent, maesti aliquamdiu siluerunt.

I'm slightly (perhaps very) confused about the tense and mood of velut si orbi facti essent.

facti essent is pluperfect subjunctive... so my whole translation of the sentence is..

The Roman youth when after such an eventful day a peaceful and calm light had returned, seeing the empty throne, almost making a circle [i.e. standing in a circle around the empty throne], were silent for some time.
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Re: velut si orbi facti essent

Postby Qimmik » Fri Jun 27, 2014 12:33 pm

Orbi here is an adjective meaning "orphaned" or "fatherless."


No relation to orbs.

"as if they had been rendered fatherless" -- protasis of a past contrary-to-fact condition -- pluperfect subjunctive, as you correctly analyzed it.

turbido might refer to the weather.

Everything else about your translation is correct, except that you left out maesti, which you might translate adverbially: "in grief"
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