Ulixes, domum rediturus, dis gratias egit.

john abshire

Well-Known Member
this sentence and translation came from my text and answer key.
Ulixes, domum rediturus, dis gratias egit.
"Ullyses, about to return home, gave thanks to the gods."

shouldn't dis be diebus?, i.e. dative plural?
 

Cinefactus

Censor
Staff member
dis is the dative plural of deus

diebus is the dative plural of dies
 

Pacifica

grammaticissima
Staff member
Let me mention, because why not, that an alternate ablative (and so, presumably, dative as well) diibus is found in the Satyricon. But it's a rarity and would no doubt have been considered a mistake. The correct forms are as the others have said.
 
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