HBO Rome: Dominus or Domine?

devnull5475

New Member
Hi.

I was watching some episodes of HBO Rome yesterday. I noticed that slaves et al refer to women like Atia & Servilia as Domina. But, servants seem to address upper class men like Caesar as Dominus.

That should be Domine, right?

TIA. ASD
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Imprecator

Civis Illustris
The vocative would indeed be used in direct discourse. So yes, the slaves ought to use domine, but you'd hardly expect even this level of Latin knowledge from the same people who believe that the Romans spoke like Elizabethan englishmen.
 

Decimvs

Aedilis
Staff member
To be fair, though, the main point was not to give the viewer a lesson in noun declension, but just to let them know that in Ancient Rome these people would have been known as 'dominus' and 'domina' to their slaves.
 
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