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Hard sentence in De Officiis, Book II, xix

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Hard sentence in De Officiis, Book II, xix

Postby hlawson38 » Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:05 pm

When a sentence baffles me, I can usually see the Latin of it after looking at the translation. Then I play the hard sentence in my mind a few times to make the Latin seem more obvious. But this one has resisted: De Officiis, Book II, xix, p. 240 in the Loeb edition.

Diserti igitur hominis et facile laborantis, quodque in patriis est moribus, multorum causas et non gravate et gratuito defendentis beneficia et patrocinia late patent.

I think the key here may be a secondary meaning of pateo: to become wellknown.

If that is correct, then the sentence means something like this:

The good deeds and legal advocacy of an orator become widely known when he works eagerly to defend many clients willingly and without fee.
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Re: Hard sentence in De Officiis, Book II, xix

Postby adrianus » Wed Dec 12, 2012 12:50 am

Cur non hoc:
"Wide spread [widely evident] are the benefits and commissions of the man who is eloquent, then, and willingly taking on [/labouring at],—which also is in [/no less in] the custom of our ancestors,—the cases of many and defending them without charge and ungrudgingly."
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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Re: Hard sentence in De Officiis, Book II, xix

Postby hlawson38 » Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:15 am

Thanks Adrianus, you reply showed me how you saw the Latin.
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Re: Hard sentence in De Officiis, Book II, xix

Postby Nesrad » Fri Dec 14, 2012 3:38 pm

Idem ac Adrianus.
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