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Postby Banana tree » Fri Apr 18, 2008 5:48 pm

Does donum mean gift as in talent or gift as in present? Or perhaps both?
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Postby Rufus Gulielmus » Fri Apr 18, 2008 6:42 pm

Salve, Banana Tree!

I've always taken donum to mean "gift" as in a present, or something that you'd give to somebody--like a donation.

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Postby benissimus » Fri Apr 18, 2008 6:56 pm

Gift, usually in the literal sense of something given. I would avoid reading or writing donum on its own to mean talent (this would be ingenium). Donum, when qualified by a genitive or possibly an adjective, sometimes can refer to a positive personal trait (haec Musarum dona - Horace.Epist.2.I.243). Even then, it is not completely abstract (i.e. you can literally read "these things given by the Muses").
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Postby bedwere » Fri Apr 18, 2008 10:44 pm

Of course you can be the recipient of a donum, a divine gift: that's when it becomes a talent. This is true in Ecclesiastical Latin where we have the septem dona Spiritus sancti, donum prophetiae, donum linguarum, etc.
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Postby Banana tree » Sat Apr 19, 2008 3:59 pm

I see. Thanks guys.
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