tertio quoque verbo

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Lavrentivs
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tertio quoque verbo

Post by Lavrentivs » Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:02 pm

(Cic. Fam. 5.2.8.)

tertium quoque, it seems, means ``every other´´, but I'd like a full explanation; my hypothesis is that it means ``third again´´ -- well, it seems obvious now, but I'd like someone to confirm it.

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Re: tertio quoque verbo

Post by Patruus » Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:57 pm

I would take it to mean "with every third word" - cf. Bradley's Arnold Ex. 48A:6 -
Tu me altero quoque verbo collaudas. [Key]
You pay me compliments in every other word.

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Re: tertio quoque verbo

Post by adrianus » Thu Mar 08, 2012 1:47 pm

Modus numerandi Romanorum ab eo nostro differt. Ei homines utramque finem includunt.
The Romans count differently from us by counting both ends. We say "every second // every other"; they say "every third".

A&G §631d: "The point of departure was, by Roman custom, counted in the reckoning, the second day being three days before, etc."
I'm writing in Latin hoping for correction, and not because I'm confident in how I express myself. Latinè scribo ut ab omnibus corrigar, non quod confidenter me exprimam.

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Re: tertio quoque verbo

Post by Lavrentivs » Thu Mar 08, 2012 6:51 pm

Ita autem Patrui "altero quoque" "omnes" erit, ut mihi videtur.

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Re: tertio quoque verbo

Post by Patruus » Thu Mar 08, 2012 8:29 pm

cf. the penultimate footnote on this page -
http://books.google.com/books?id=5XFXAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA210

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