Bellum Iugurthinum 32

By Cinefactus, in 'Reading Latin', May 20, 2019.

  1. Cinefactus Censor

    • Censor
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    I am struggling a bit with this passage.

    Prīvātim praetereā fidem suam interpōnit, quam ille nōn minōris quam pūblicam dūcēbat

    Why is it minoris rather than minorem?
  2. Pacifica grammaticissima

    • Civis Illustris
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    Belgium
    It's a genitive of value. Minoris = minoris pretii.
  3. Cinefactus Censor

    • Censor
    Location:
    litore aureo
    Thanks. He seems to skip a lot of nouns, which is throwing me off a bit.
  4. Pacifica grammaticissima

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    Belgium
    Don't get me wrong: I said "= minoris pretii" to explain the meaning of minoris here, which is "of less value", but the genitive of value without pretii is an absolutely regular and frequent construction. It isn't a Sallustian quirk.
    Wryly and Bitmap like this.
  5. Cinefactus Censor

    • Censor
    Location:
    litore aureo
    OK Thanks :)
  6. Pacifica grammaticissima

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    Belgium
    NP. :)
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