So I've just begun to read Plautus's Captivi and I've already run into some trouble.
Here's what I've got:Plautus dixit:Hos quos videtis stare hic captivos duos,
illi qui astant, hi stant ambo, non sedent;
hoc vos mihi testes estis me verum loqui.
senex qui hic habitat Hegio est huius pater.
sed is quo pacto serviat suo sibi patri,
id ego hic apud vos proloquar, si operam datis.
Is this remotely right? I'm not sure if I got the quo pacto right, and I wasn't sure why serviat was subjunctive; but is it because quo pacto is creating an indirect question? Just sort of confused with this sentence.These two captives you see standing here,
they who stand by, they're standing, not sitting;
you are witnesses that I say this truthfully.
The old man who lives here is this man's father Hegio.
But by what means he is a slave to his own father,
that I shall tell you, if you listen up.