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Carmentis divinum in modum fata

Postby pmda » Mon Sep 16, 2013 6:50 pm

Euander, profugus ex Peloponneso, tum ea loca regebat, vir doctus, cuius mater Carmentis divinum in modum fata praedicebat.

Euander, fled from Peloponnesus, then ruled that region, a learned man,

a) whose mother Carmenta a prophetess foretold destiny.

b) whose mother Carmenta, in the manner of a prophet (divinum in modum), foretold destiny..

c) whose mother Carmenta, in the voice (fata) as (modum) a prophet foretold (the future).

?

Super in ipso capitulo Orberg dicit 'in modum' = nuper.

I can't for the life of me figure out what divinum is (accusative? - why?)

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Re: Carmentis divinum in modum fata

Postby Qimmik » Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:12 pm

divinum in modum -- the preposition is between the adjective and the noun: "in a divine manner"

See Lewis and Short, modus II.B.2 for some similar expressions.

http://perseus.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/philologic/getobject.pl?c.11:1981.lewisandshort

"whose mother Carmenta [should it be spelled this way, not -is?] foretold destinies in a divine manner"
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Re: Carmentis divinum in modum fata

Postby pmda » Tue Sep 17, 2013 5:59 am

Thanks. Divinum...is acc. Right? I would have expected abl.
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Re: Carmentis divinum in modum fata

Postby Qimmik » Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:59 am

Yes, accusative.
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Re: Carmentis divinum in modum fata

Postby adrianus » Tue Sep 17, 2013 3:42 pm

pmda wrote:Divinum...is acc. Right? I would have expected abl.

Rectè rogas. Idioma est, scilicet "hunc in modum", dein obscurior est res. Aliter "divino modo" sine in praepositione, casu ablativo dici potest, nisi fallor.
It's a good question. It's idiomatic, so not immediately obvious. Otherwise you could say "divino modo" in the ablative without the "in", I would say. Vide A&G, §12c "hunc in modum".
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Re: Carmentis divinum in modum fata

Postby pmda » Tue Sep 17, 2013 4:06 pm

Gratias vobis ago...
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