The Case-Construction after the Comparative In Latin

The Case-Construction after the Comparative In Latin

Volume: 15
Copyright Date: 1901
Published by: Cornell University Press
Pages: 94
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    The Case-Construction after the Comparative In Latin
    Book Description:

    Beginning with the belief that a blind confidence in tradition has been responsible for many mistakes in our understanding of Latin syntax, K. P. R. Neville sets out in this book to formulate an accurate principle of syntactical usage for a single idiom-the comparative construction-by presenting as complete a body of material employing this construction from examples in the literature of the Roman Republic, including excerpts of works by Plautus, Lucretius, Cicero, Varro, Caesar, Terence, and Sallust, among others. "Only when the material for forming a judgment is statistically complete," Neville writes, "can we undertake with confidence to state a principle of syntactical usage."

    eISBN: 978-0-8014-6657-1
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. [i]-[iii])
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. [iv]-[v])
  3. INTRODUCTORY Scope and Purpose of the Investigation
    (pp. 1-3)

    Tradition is a factor whose potency in moulding the conceptions and methods of thought of the present is beyond question. It is in matters of religious and social institutions, perhaps, that we oftenest see the result of its influence ; no enthusiast as yet, however, has felt himself called upon to point out that a blind confidence in tradition is responsible for many mistakes in our current Latin syntax. For example, we have always believed, without hesitation, the doctrine of the grammarians¹ who in their treatment of refert and interest state that ‘this interests you’ is rendered by...

    (pp. 4-87)

    The comparison is instituted with a nominative ;

    The adjective agrees with some noun in the genitive, dative, or ablative ; quam with the nominative always follows.

    Cas.73 : maioreque opere ibi serviles nuptiae Quam liberales etiam curari soient. Merc. 817 : Ecastor lege dura vivont mulieres Multoque iniquiore miserae quam viri. Trin. 1029 : Potius in maiore honore hic essent quam mores mali. Here the quam might be due to the presence of the adverb potius (Category XXI); but it is quité as probable that maiore is the factor that leads to the employment of quam.

    IV, 480 :...

  5. Back Matter
    (pp. 88-89)