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38 Latin Stories Chapter 14

Postby helios00 » Mon Apr 30, 2007 8:58 pm

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Postby spiphany » Mon Apr 30, 2007 10:44 pm

victus amore eius - 'victus' is a passive participle (from vinco); 'amore' is ablative of means, a common construction with a passive verb - "conquered by love". 'eius' is an objective genitive. So: "conquered by love for her"

For the other underlined bits, I think you're confusing several words:
mora, -ae: "delay"
mors, mortis (f): "death"
mos, moris (m): "custom, manner"

Look again at the forms and I think you'll find they make sense.
IPHIGENIE: Kann uns zum Vaterland die Fremde werden?
ARKAS: Und dir ist fremd das Vaterland geworden.
IPHIGENIE: Das ist's, warum mein blutend Herz nicht heilt.
(Goethe, Iphigenie auf Tauris)
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Postby helios00 » Tue May 01, 2007 6:40 am

Ah I see the problem with the mors words. The reason I am confused with victus is because the book gives the dictionary entry for it as victus -a -um which would make it an ADJ and I couldn't really make it fit (would it be a different translation if it is used as an ADJ).

Anyone see any other problems with the translation?

Thanks a lot for your help.
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Postby spiphany » Tue May 01, 2007 1:21 pm

Participles are verbal adjectives. This means that they can modify nouns, but they tend to retain some of their verbal nature (they can take objects, for example). Commonly used participles may aquire further meanings in addition to the original, which may be why the dictionary had a separate entry for it.
IPHIGENIE: Kann uns zum Vaterland die Fremde werden?
ARKAS: Und dir ist fremd das Vaterland geworden.
IPHIGENIE: Das ist's, warum mein blutend Herz nicht heilt.
(Goethe, Iphigenie auf Tauris)
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