Capite pūniendus es!

By Maximus VII, in 'Latin Beginners', May 22, 2019.

  1. Maximus VII Member

    Please be reassured that this is not a sentiment expressed towards anyone who has been kind enough to open the thread! I am seeking help with a piece of Latin text ;)

    Literally, I have "You should be punished with your head", or in other words "You should be punished with death". Are these correct?
  2. Bitmap Civis Illustris

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    Yupp ... or even a bit stronger: You have to be punished with death... but should should be fine, too
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  4. john abshire Member

    capite puniendus es!
    how do you get; "you have to be punished with death."?
    capite= sieze!; capture!
    es=you are
    puniendus=punished; gerund? from punio=I punish?
    wouldn't puniendus=punishing?
    and; where does "with death" come from?
  5. Bitmap Civis Illustris

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    capite is the ablative singular of caput.

    puniendus comes from punire, indeed, but it is a gerundive construction. A gerundive in connexion with a form of esse implies a necessity.

    capite punire literally means "to punish with the head", which (in the context of punishment) usually involves the loss thereof.
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  7. john abshire Member


    thank you
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