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Postby pmda » Thu Dec 12, 2013 6:10 pm

I'm reviewing vocabulary in previous chapters of Orberg's LLPSI and have a sentence I want to confirm the construction of.

Nonne liberos pluris aestimas quam merces istas?

Don't you value the children more than those goods?

'pluris' is genitive case. It's an adjective and it's not agreeing with anything.

Are not your children OF greater value than those goods..?
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Re: Pluris

Postby sapz » Thu Dec 12, 2013 6:26 pm

I think that a few pages (or chapters?) back its mentioned in the side notes that aestimare goes sometimes with genitive to specify how much.
"Mercatores merces suas magni aestimant, vitam nautarum parvi aestimant" for example.

So "Nonne liberos pluris aestimas quam merces istas" would be "do you not value children more than these merchandise?"
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Re: Pluris

Postby Seraphinus » Fri Dec 13, 2013 7:33 pm

Lewis and Short cite a very similar construction from Cornelius Nepos' Life of Cato in the entry for aestimo:

    quod non minoris aestimamus quam quemlibet [amplissimum Sardiniensem] triumphum

So yes, this is a "genitive of price".
ēlūcet mâiōrem habēre vim ad discenda ista līberam cūriōsitātem quam meticulōsam necessitātem
It is clear that a free curiosity has a greater force in order to learn these things [languages] than a necessity based on fear. (St. Augustine, Cōnfessiōnēs I.14)
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Re: Pluris

Postby Qimmik » Sat Dec 14, 2013 4:27 am

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Re: Pluris

Postby pmda » Sat Dec 14, 2013 10:25 am

Many thanks. I'm a forgetful student.
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