Virgil Georgics 4 line 484

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Virgil Georgics 4 line 484

Post by stephenhoffman » Sun Apr 27, 2014 7:28 pm

atque Ixionii vento rota constitit orbis: "and the circle of Ixion's wheel was halted by the wind" (R.D. Williams).

Ixionii"—(apparently) from Ixioneus, Ixionius, "belonging to Ixion." (What case?)

Orbis (rotation?): Nom. sg? Acc. pl. ? Gen. sg?

The scansion seems to make "rota" (wheel) either nom. or acc. sg.

Can anyone explain the grammar of this line to me?

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Re: Virgil Georgics 4 line 484

Post by mwh » Sun Jun 29, 2014 3:15 am

rota is the subject (Williams’ “the circle”). Ixionii .. orbis is genitive (Williams’ “of Ixion’s wheel”).

If you’d posted this on the Latin board you’d have gotten a quicker response! :D

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