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about the use of "de"

Postby Junya » Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:13 pm

Hi. :)

I like medieval church songs, and recently I bought one CD, and
when I saw the rylic in the leaflet of the CD I found this use of de difficult.

unde de divina rationalitate,
que te speculum suum fecit coronata es.


I checked L&S, but there I couldn't find matching meaning other than
7. To indicate the thing in conformity with which any thing is done, according to, after
and
5. To indicate the producing cause or reason, for, on account of, because of
.

But here, this rationalitas looks as if it were an agent.
In L&S there is no entry of meaning for de as by denoting an agent.

In the medieval Latin, could de mean by(agent) ?
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Re: about the use of "de"

Postby gerases » Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:57 pm

IMHO, it means something along the lines of "because of" here.

So it says something like "Hence because of your divine rationality you were given a crown"

By the way, it's "quae te speculum" :)
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Re: about the use of "de"

Postby Junya » Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:25 pm

Hi, gerases. :)

de divina rationalitate


you wrote :
because of your divine rationality



Oh, I was thinking this divina rationalitas was God's mind or providence or something like that,
so I thought this de might mean by.
Yes, if this is your rationality, then de would mean because of.
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