Prosody of natalicius

Laurentius

Civis Illustris
What do you think it should be? I see that many dictionaries list the first i as long but some others and poetic evidence suggests otherwise. Do you think it simply is a mistake that spread or is it a word whose prosody was changed by dactylic poets? I think it should be the first option, also because that adjective ending is usually like that.
 
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Hemo Rusticus

Jive Turkey
That's an interesting question.

I guess, if the normal ending is short -icius, like patricius, then maybe it did in fact combine with the i-stem natali- (-icius) with a resultant long i? Otherwise, I agree with your first option.
 

Hemo Rusticus

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Incidentally, if you met a beautiful girl named Natalie, do you suppose she would merit the name 'Natalicious'?
 

Hemo Rusticus

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That is a portmanteau of 'Natalie' + 'delicious'. For a better understanding, see the following instructional tape:
 

Hemo Rusticus

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Not meaning to be malicious, I never really thought she was all that good-looking. Her face looks like it'd been chiseled from the inner walls of a mausoleum.
 
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