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Parmenides
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Post by Parmenides » Wed Nov 24, 2004 2:40 am

What does "dis" mean in this sentance:
"Dis meam fortunam committo."
I have no clue what it means, I don't think I've ever seen it before. I'm sure somebody here should know. Thanks in advance.

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Post by Timothy » Wed Nov 24, 2004 3:54 am

dative pl. of deus, I think

"I commit my fortune to the gods."

might be singular
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Post by Democritus » Wed Nov 24, 2004 7:34 am

dis = divis, from divus -a -um, "divine", or "the gods" as a noun

Cf. Aeneid, 6.124-131, where the Sybil tells Aeneas that the descent into hell is easy, it's the return that is the hard part:
Vergil wrote:Talibus orabat dictis, arasque tenebat,
cum sic orsa loqui vates: "Sate sanguine divum,
Tros Anchisiade, facilis descensus Averno;
noctes atque dies patet atri ianua Ditis;
sed revocare gradum superasque evadere ad auras,
hoc opus, hic labor est. Pauci, quos aequus amavit
Iuppiter, aut ardens evexit ad aethera virtus,
dis geniti potuere."
divum = divorum
Dis geniti potuere = those born of the gods could do it.

Luckily it says "Dis genitus" on Aeneas' driver's license, so they didn't give him any trouble coming back up from the underworld. ;)

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Post by amans » Wed Nov 24, 2004 1:13 pm

deus has some variants in its plural forms:

Nominative: dii or di (rarely dei)

Dative and ablative: diis or dis (rarely deis)

I don't think, however, that dis can possibly be singular.

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Post by Timothy » Wed Nov 24, 2004 1:29 pm

amans wrote:deus has some variants in its plural forms:

Nominative: dii or di (rarely dei)

Dative and ablative: diis or dis (rarely deis)

I don't think, however, that dis can possibly be singular.
And the above is what my L+S said. I wasn't sure if the entry was telling me that there was some odd singular form though.

I'll have to look into divus too.
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Post by amans » Wed Nov 24, 2004 2:12 pm

Hi Tim,

Please report what you find on divus :D

I guess that the -vu- dropping out might be metrical phenomenon... Syncope perhaps?

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